Lady Raiders Top Metro State in Final Exhibition Game

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Casey Morris led Texas Tech with 15 points in the win.

Nov. 6, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Casey Morris put up 15 points and Christine Hyde added another 10 as the Texas Tech women's basketball team blew past Metro State, 73-43 on Sunday at United Spirit Arena in the team's final exhibition game.

So with the final tune-up in hand, Tech head coach Kristy Curry and her team can now focus on opening the regular season at 6 p.m., Friday at United Spirit Arena against New Mexico.

"I think (the exhibition games) have been great to us, because on a night like tonight, we were able to get everyone in," Curry said. "That's very difficult to do and so we were able to see how everyone would respond in games, individually and as a team and see different combinations."

The Lady Raiders pulled ahead momentarily on Morris' first 3-poiner just four minutes into the game before the Roadrunners took the lead on Caley Dow's jumper in the lane. But that would be the only lead for Metro State. Morris would hit another 3-pointer on her way to 10 points in the first half while Tech went on a 24-2 run that helped it take a 36-24 lead at the break.

The Roadrunners, ranked No. 7 in the WBCA Division II preseason poll, hit just 2 of 9 threes in the first half and only 3 of 15 overall after making 3 of 9 in a 61-44 win over Lubbock Christian on Saturday night.

That might have been in part because of Tech's pressure defense along the perimeter and ability to force turnovers in the lane on passes and not let Metro State break away in transition. The Roadrunners had 41 fast-break points against LCU.

The Lady Raiders even held Metro State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes in the second half, building as much as a 33-point lead after suffering a shooting drought themselves before halftime.

Hyde credits the ability to overcome bad moments in games and a lot of the improvement on the court to the maturity off the court and last season's success.

"We are definitely carrying it over," she said. "We continue to grow every day as a team, on and off the court. I feel like it shows on the court in how we play together and how we are able to pick each other up after mistakes."

Tech used two different starting lineups in each of the exhibitions but did play every single player on the roster and got points from each player, including freshman Amber Battle, who will play her first NCAA regular season game on Friday.

"We are just going to see how things are going and not get caught up in who starts and who finishes," Curry said. "But when the minutes are there - play hard."




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