Lady Raiders Rout UC Santa Barbara, 68-41|
Nov 20, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Cal Santa Barbara had the size, but No. 7 Texas Tech had the speed. And the 18th-ranked Gauchos had no answer for that Thursday night.
The Lady Raiders, using their athleticism at both ends of the floor, beat Santa Barbara 68-41 in the semifinals of the women's Preseason NIT.
Senior guard Jia Perkins had 22 points for Tech (3-0), which will host No. 15 Rutgers in Sunday's championship game.
"We were aggressive and more athletic in several spots," Lady Raiders coach Marsha Sharp said. "When you play people who are that much bigger than you, you have to let your athleticism take over. I thought our post players did a great job of playing physical. They tried to keep their players from going where they wanted to go."
Texas Tech used a 15-0 run midway through the second half to put away Santa Barbara (2-1). The Gauchos pulled within 41-30 on a 3-pointer by Brandy Richardson with 14:25 left and Tech scored on its next five possessions to make it 50-30 with 11:21 to play.
Perkins then added four points and Jametra Clark finished the run by scoring inside for a 56-30 lead with 8:25 left. The Gauchos never got closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
"A lot of what happened had to do with Texas Tech," Gauchos coach Mark
French said. "Texas Tech is a very good team, and they did the things they do
very well. We have some talented offensive players, but we struggled on the
offensive end of the court."
Ritchie finished with 11 points for Tech, which held its third straight opponent to fewer than 50 points.
Lindsay Taylor had 12 points for the Gauchos.
"When we first stepped on the floor, we knew we were playing a good team, and we wanted to get the momentum from the start," Perkins said. "It went back and forth for a while, but we were able to start pulling away from them when we got things going."
Santa Barbara made just four of its first 20 shots, but still led 7-5. Tech then held the Gauchos scoreless for more than six minutes while running off 10 points.
"Apparently, I couldn't even hit Texas," said Santa Barbara's Kristen Mann, who finished 2-of-14 from the field. "It was frustrating. That's a credit to Texas Tech, and we didn't execute well enough."
Perkins scored four points in the run while Ritchie added a 3-pointer. Erin Grant and Jolee Ayers-Curry completed the scoring by combining for three free throws.