LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team grinded out a hard-fought win over a scrappy Houston Baptist team on Saturday afternoon at United Supermarkets Arena. The team relied on a stellar defensive effort to pick up the 68-51 win over the Huskies for its second win of the 2020-21 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders (2-0) got another strong performance from All-American newcomer Vivian Gray, who poured in 24 points—including 13-of-13 free throw attempts—along with nine rebounds and four assists. Alexis Tucker was also in double figures, adding 12 points and seven rebounds.
Chrislyn Carr posted a career high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points and three assists. Lexi Gordon scored nine points and brought down eight rebounds on the night.
Defensively, Tech held the Huskies to 19-of-58 (33 percent) shooting, and forced 19 turnovers. The Lady Raiders outrebounded HBU, 44-34, and scored 14 second chance points on 13 offensive boards. Texas Tech also blocked six Husky shot attempts, led by three from Bryn Gerlich—a career high.
The Lady Raiders led, 15-13, after a tough first quarter in which the team couldn't get their shots to fall. Gray and Tucker combined for 13 of Tech's 15 points. The Huskies actually outshot Tech in the quarter, but the Lady Raiders made the most of HBU misses, winning the rebounding battle, 14-9, in the period and setting the tone down low for the rest of the game.
Although the Lady Raiders outscored the Huskies in all four quarters, the second quarter proved to be the big difference in the game as Tech outscored HBU, 17-5, in the frame and held the visitors to 2-of-14 shooting over the final 10 minutes of the first half. Gray had six points in the second, while Gordon added five.
Seven different Lady Raiders scored in the third quarter, as Tech expanded its lead by two in the frame. The team once again buckled down in the fourth, as they held HBU scoreless over the final 4:27 of game time.
- For the second straight game, the Lady Raiders starting five included Chrislyn Carr, Lexi Gordon, Bryn Gerlich, Vivian Gray and Alexis Tucker. That lineup moved to 2-0 this season when deployed by Texas Tech to open a game.
- Despite a slow start offensively, the Lady Raiders let their defense carry them to a 32-18 halftime lead. Tech held the Huskies to 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) shooting in the second quarter. Texas Tech outscored HBU, 17-5, in the frame.
- Vivian Gray had another strong start, scoring 13 for the Lady Raiders in the first half, along with six rebounds. Gray finished with 24 points for the second-straight game along with nine rebounds on the night. Gray also hit a career high 13 free throws on 13 attempts.
- Alexis Tucker recorded the 19th game of 10-or-more points on Saturday, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds.
- For the first time in her career, Chrislyn Carr recorded double-digit rebounds, finishing with a career high 11. Carr was just two points away from the fourth double-double of her career.
- Bryn Gerlich set a new career high in blocks for the second consecutive game, rejecting three Husky attempts. Gerlich also added seven points and four rebounds in the win.
- Lexi Gordon also came close to a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds on the day.
- Naje Murray hit her first three pointer as a Lady Raider. A transfer from San Diego State, Murray holds the SDSU single season record for three pointers.
- Texas Tech held HBU scoreless over the final 4:27 of action.
- Texas Tech turned the ball over 13 times, and only allowed HBU five points off those turnovers. The Lady Raiders forced 19 HBU turnovers.
The Lady Raiders hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Nashville, Tenn., to play Vanderbilt in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Wednesday at