Tech Routs Nicholls For Third-Straight Win

Nov. 24, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Casey Morris followed her 18-point performance on Friday night with a 19-point game Saturday to lead five Lady Raiders in double figures for a 78-48 win over Nicholls in the second day of the Basketball Travelers Invitational at United Spirit Arena.

Tech (4-1) posted its most points this season and largest margin of victory in almost a year while shooting 56.4 percent from the field - its best field goal percentage in the last two seasons.

Kelsi Baker scored 12 for her second consecutive game in double figures while Christine Hyde, Amber Battle and Jackie Patterson each added 10.

"I was really pleased with our focus and intent today," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "After watching film, we felt like Nicholls was as good of a team that we've played this season. But I thought today we completely took them out of anything in their comfort zone and set the tone on the defensive end."

Morris was busy on both ends of the court, grabbing a career-high seven steals as Tech totaled 18 on the day while forcing 29 turnovers that resulted in 37 points for the Lady Raiders. She also heated up outside the 3-point line, hitting five - including three in the second half that helped push Tech's lead to as much a 34 with eight minutes to play.

"(Coach Curry) always says to just keep believing in your own shot and that's what I've been doing," Morris said. "Just keep getting in the gym and it will be consistent eventually."

Battle and Patterson carried over some consistency off the bench in each half, combining to go 8 of 12 from the field for 20 of the bench's 29 points after being a combined 0 of 10 the night before.

"I thought Jackie really impacted our game at a different level today," Curry said. "Amber impacted the game in the first half whether it was a deflection or a box out - just the little things."

New Orleans (1-4) will play the finale against Tech at 2 p.m. Sunday after Southern Utah (2-2) and Nicholls (5-2) face off at noon. Southern Utah beat New Orleans, 76-47 on Saturday.




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