Lady Raiders roll to 85-71 win over Panthers

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Nobles led four Lady Raiders in double figures on Thursday night.

March 15, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech didn't have much to celebrate at halftime on Thursday night during its opening round game of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Tech led Eastern Illinois by only four points after trailing 36-35 with one minute left before the break and was even at 15 rebounds apiece.

Then sophomore forward Shauntal Nobles exploded for 12 of her career-high 18 points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to lead four Lady Raiders in double figures for an 85-71 win over Eastern Illinois.

"I thought Shauntal was unbelievable," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "If she didn't get her hands on it, she was keeping it alive and we were running under it.

"I thought it was a great effort on the boards in the second half and it's critical. I didn't think at the half that giving up 36 points and it was 15-15 on the glass that there was anything else that we needed to do and it was probably my fault you know. But you play as many people as you do and you want them to improve. That's the only way they're going to get better so just pleased in the second half in that area."

Nobles picked up her third double-double of the season while Casey Morris scored 17, Chynna Brown added 14 and Monique Smalls had 13.

It was the fourth time in six games that Morris scored in double figures.

Tech (20-13) shot 50 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Eastern Illinois 27-11 in the second half while holding the Panthers to just 36 percent shooting.

Thursday night's win was Tech's third win in four games after a five-game losing streak during the regular season, leaving some to wonder if this is a team that could go out and win six consecutive games in the WNIT.

"I think that the way they came out says that they were ready to go and continue to play," Curry said. "I think that we are thankful for the opportunity. I'm really pleased with how they've been all week long and it's not just coach-speak. They've absolutely worked every single day to get better."

The Lady Raiders will play Tulane (23-10) in the WNIT Second Round at 2 p.m., Sunday back at United Spirit Arena.




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