Lady Raiders Roll Over Lobos in Opener|
Kelsi Baker led the Lady Raiders with a career-high 12 points.
Nov. 11, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kelsi Baker lead four Lady Raiders in double digits tying a career-high with 12 points as the Texas Tech women's basketball team rolled over New Mexico, 69-43 in the regular season opener Friday at United Spirit Arena.
As impressive as the offense was, defense ruled the night. Tech had 21 steals, with Smalls contributing seven. The Lady Raiders forced 30 New Mexico turnovers resulting in 15 points.
"We want to be relentless on the offensive glass," head coach Kristy Curry said. "And push, push, push after a steal or a turnover and convert and if we don't convert we want to make sure we get a put back."
New Mexico guard Caroline Durbin was the game's leading scorer with 17 points hitting 8 of 9 from the field.
Tech (1-0) got off to a quick lead in the first half, going on a 20-7 run in the first six minutes.
Tech's ability to force turnovers helped it keep a significant lead and control the pace of the game. The Lady Raiders had 13 steals while forcing 17 New Mexico turnovers in the first half.
The Lady Raiders came out of the locker room at halftime ready to capitalize on their 16-point lead. Morris sunk her second 3-pointer of the night off a Hyde steal, leading to a 9-0 run.
Freshman guard Amber Battle scored her first regular season points as a Lady Raider with 8:07 remaining in the game. Her layup after a steal put Tech up 27 points, its largest lead in the game.
"I thought Amber (Battle) responded tremendously," Curry said. "I thought she did a nice job of settling down and letting the game come to her and getting some easy baskets and her hands on some deflections."
Tech will travel to Houston on Wednesday to face the Cougars at 7 p.m.