No. 25 Texas Tech Pulls Aways From Missouri, 76-49
Shauntal Nobles scored 12 points in her fifth start of the season.
Feb. 5, 2012
LUBBOCK, TEXAS (AP) - Casey Morrisscored 15 points to lead four Texas Tech players in double figures and the 25th-ranked Lady Raiders kept Missouri winless in the Big 12 Conference with a 76-49 victory Sunday.
The Lady Raiders trailed early, but closed the first half on a 19-2 run. Missouri scored one basket over the final 10 minutes of the half and committed 15 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
Texas Tech (16-6, 4-6) led 34-19 at halftime.
Missouri pulled within 13 points midway through the second half on two free throws by Christine Flores. But the Lady Raiders pushed the lead to 27 points with a 16-2 run over the next 4 minutes.
Sydney Crafton scored 13 points to lead Missouri (10-11, 0-10).
SPOTLIGHT ON: DEFENSE
The No. 25 Lady Raiders won the rebound battle in the 76-49 rout of the Missouri Tigers. Tech totaled 40 rebounds against Mizzou's 31. Senior Kierra Mallard led the Lady Raiders with nine rebounds total. But it was the defense that stood out to Lady Raider head coach Kristy Curry.
"We had just a great defensive effort, and when we can do that, great things are going to happen at the other end," Curry said after the game. "I thought our focus was very good on the defensive end."
Junior guard Christine Hyde may have been one of the most impressive defenders of the day and also was the assists leader for Tech with five on the day and no turnovers. Hyde had five steals against Missouri - part of 11 steals by Tech who forced 26 turnovers and converted them to 27 points.
More than anything, Tech hounded the boards on Missouri's basket. The Tigers failed to get an offensive board in the first half and ended the day with only four.
Mallard and junior Casey Morris each had six defensive rebounds when the final buzzer sounded.
Almost half of Tech's rebounds came in the first half. The Lady Raiders had 19 rebounds, compared to Missouri's 12 at the halftime buzzer.
Morris acknowledged the team's effort on defense.
"It was really big, but I mean we had 40 rebounds all together, so that's pretty good," she said. "I mean I just think we worked hard and it shows from the stats that we put in work tonight and got the win so that's all that matters. I feel like we hustled and rebounded and it showed."
- Alexandra Ellis / Texas Tech Athletics Communications