Lady Raiders Fly By Golden Eagles, 79-46
Dec. 9, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lady Raiders continued to shine during their latest home stand, stretching their record to 4-1 with a 79-46 win over Oral Roberts University. Cisti Greenwalt led Texas Tech with 18 points, a season-high seven blocks, and nine offensive rebounds for a total of 14. It was her fourth double-double of the season, the 14th of her career. LaToya Davis added a season-high 14 points and six rebounds.
Greenwalt won the tip-off, but neither team scored on their first possessions. Davis hustled up court after the first drive for an easy lay-in. Point guard Erin Grant followed with a jumper at the top of the key on the next trip up the court. Oral Roberts answered with a full court press and aggressive defense. Davis beat her opponent up court for a reverse lay-in at 16:00 and continued with strong moves down low on the next drive for another two to put the Lady Raiders up 8-4.
Greenwalt grabbed an offensive rebound and completed the shot after the foul. She made the free throw for a three-point play. Chesley Dabbs was hot in the first half, hitting three-straight jumpers for the Lady Raiders. Alesha Robertson was fouled on a nice spin move at 12:25 and completed both free throws. She followed with a three at 11:56 to put Tech up 23-8. Grant added an offensive rebound and basket for two. Judith Smith and Darrice Griffin entered the game half way through the first half and made an immediate impact. A pass deflection by Griffin set up a Grant feed across the key to Robertson for the lay-in. Tech led 33-14 with 7:55 remaining in the half. Robertson continued her scoring drive with a baseline jumper on the next inbound. Maureen Obudho answered with a bucket for the Golden Eagles at the other end of the court.
Griffin drove the lane at 6:01 to draw the foul and add a free throw. Both teams struggled to score in the remaining minutes of the first half. Davis added two free throws at 1:35 to put the Lady Raiders up 40-22 at the half.
Alesha Robertson ended the scoring drought with a three-pointer at the beginning of the second half and followed with a trip to the line for two points. Greenwalt swatted away a shot at the other end of the court, much to the crowd's delight. Robertson added a three at 15:49 to put the Lady Raiders up 48-26. Greenwalt blocked another Golden Eagle shot on the next possession, and a Davis foul gave Oral Roberts a trip to the free throw line. The Golden Eagles continued to execute a full court press in the second half.
Griffin and Smith entered the game again with 13:06 on the clock. Griffin was fouled on a fast break and added a free throw. Greenwalt and Davis continued to dominate on defense down low. Greenwalt was fouled on a shot at 11:40 and added the free throw to stretch the lead to 60-31. Dabbs followed with a jumper just short of the three-point line.
Oral Roberts was unable to beat the shot clock on their next possession, but Obudho added two down low for the Golden Eagles on the next scoring opportunity. Davis went strong to the basket at the other end of the court for the Lady Raiders. Smith added her first two points of the game at 8:52. Smith fed Davis at the post for two on the next fast break to put the score at 68-33.
Freshman Erin Myrick entered the game with Brooke Baughman and Griffin at 8:09. Leah Cannon sunk three for Oral Roberts at 7:12. Griffin blocked a shot at 5:42, and fed the ball on a spin move to Myrick at the post on the next play to stretch the lead to 73-38. Cannon added another three for Oral Roberts, and Smith answered with a smooth jumper. Smith sunk a three at the buzzer for a final score of 79-46.
The Lady Raiders host Mississippi on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.
By Jenna Sampson, Texas Tech Media Relations
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