Lady Raiders wrap up non-conference play with 115-58 win over UTSA
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team won in historic fashion on Sunday as it ran over the UTSA Roadrunners in its nonconference finale. The Lady Raiders defeated UTSA, 115-58, to finish off the nonconference schedule undefeated for the first time in eight seasons.
Texas Tech's 115 points in the win were the most by a Lady Raider team in 39 years—when Tech scored 125 against Central State in 1980. The 57-point margin of victory was the most in four seasons.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Lexi Gordon led all players in scoring with a career-high 31 points. She also posted career highs in rebounds (11) and assists (5). It marked Gordon's first career double-double.
Gordon was one of three Texas Tech players with 20 points or more and five in double-figure scoring. Senior Brittany Brewer followed up her triple-double performance last week with 22 points, six rebounds and seven blocks, while Chrislyn Carr broke the 20-point mark for the first time this season with 21 points, six assists and three steals.
Freshman Alexis Tucker scored 13 points and added seven rebounds to get into double digits for the 10th time in 11 games this season. Jo'Nah Johnson added 11 points, six assists and four rebounds.
After trailing, 7-2, early on in the first quarter, the Lady Raiders caught fire, going on a 9-0 run midway through the quarter to seize control of the game. Tech would end up going on to take a 30-12 lead after the first period.
Texas Tech's advantage only grew, as it outscored the Roadrunners, 24-20, in the second—thanks to eight points in the frame from Brewer and seven from Gordon. Gordon had 15 points at the break.
The Lady Raiders went into the fourth with a 79-49 lead, and continued to explode offensively over the final 10 minutes of the game. Texas Tech shot 72.2 percent in the final period, and got 10 points from Gordon to outscore UTSA, 36-9, over the quarter.
"First of all, I just want to thank our fans for another big crowd for us. It is going to be real important for us to have an enormous crowd on Friday night for our opening Big 12 game against Iowa State. Please keep helping us with that. Credit to our team for their performance, and most importantly finishing the non-conference schedule undefeated. It was a goal of ours coming into the season. It is something difficult to accomplish and I am really proud of this group for completing the task here today. It has been almost a decade since this program has had an undefeated season. Also again, as we rebuilt the program we have the mindset to play in March. This was a major step for us towards that for our team. We obviously share the ball extremely well and we had some big individual performances up here. Brittany (Brewer) continues to lead the nation in blocks, she had seven again tonight. So I am really proud of her individually."
- For the eighth time this season, Texas Tech went with the starting five of Chrislyn Carr, Jo'Nah Johnson, Sydney Goodson, Alexis Tucker and Brittany Brewer. The Lady Raiders moved to 8-0 this season when deploying this starting five.
- Texas Tech's 57-point win were the largest margin of victory in four years--since the Lady Raiders defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 113-51, in 2015.
- The Lady Raiders' 115 points were the most points scored in a game in 39 years--In that game, Texas Tech scored 125 against Central State (Okla.), which still stands as the school record.
- Three Lady Raiders finished the game with 20 points or more, and five players scored in double figures. Lexi Gordon (31), Brittany Brewer (22) and Chrislyn Carr (21) each surpassed the 20-point mark, while Alexis Tucker (13) and Jo'Nah Johnson (11) reached double figures as well.
- Junior Lexi Gordon scored a career high 31 points and added a career high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Gordon finished the game 12-of-16 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Gordon also added five assists, which were a career high as well.
- Texas Tech only turned the ball over a season low 10 times on Sunday, and allowed only four UTSA points off those turns.
- The Lady Raiders' 34 assists on 45 made shots were a season high.
- Tech scored 115 points on 45-of-73 (61.6 percent) shooting from the field. Both were season highs.
The Lady Raiders wrap up their homestand on Friday night when they host Iowa State to open Big 12 play at 7 p.m.