Lady Raiders Roll Over Rebels, 86-38|
Dec. 12, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lady Raiders completed a four-game home stand this afternoon with an 86-38 win over Ole Miss. The two teams met for the first time in 25 years. Chesley Dabbs chipped away at the Rebel defense with a game-leading and career-high 21 points. Alesha Robertson was close behind with 16 points and four three-pointers. LaToya Davis added her first double-double of the season and Erin Myrick had a career-high four blocks. Judith Smith had a career-high 13 points. Tech held the Rebels to a 16.2 percentage from the field, the lowest in school history for an opposing team.
Ole Miss won the tip-off, but a tie-up forced Dabbs and her counterpart to complete another tip-off. Neither team scored on the first few drives of the game. Tech put points on the board first with a Davis power move down low for two. Davis missed the first shot and got the rebound on the other side of the basket for the bucket. Dabbs followed with two from the wing, and Robertson added a baseline jumper to put Tech up 6-0. Cisti Greenwalt dominated the post on defense, denying shots and grabbing rebounds.
The Rebels added their first bucket of the game at 16:09. Dabbs followed with another shot from the wing. Myrick entered the game at 14:48 and fed the ball to Davis at the post for two. Dabbs connected from the three-point line at 14:18 to put Tech up 13-2, and made the first trip to the line on the next trip up the court for two free throws.
Davis went into the air towards the hoop and fed the ball to Myrick at the other post for her first bucket of the day. Myrick found Dabbs at the back door on the next play, making the score 19-6 at 11:36. The game turned into overdrive for the next several plays with consecutive missed shots followed by fast court breaks.
Darrice Griffin and Patrice Edwards entered the game with 9:31 remaining in the first half, and Greenwalt re-entered at 8:50. Greenwalt swatted away a Rebel shot and Dabbs followed with a baseline jumper at the other end of the court, stretching the lead to 23-6. Point guard Erin Grant continued to act as court general, distributing passes and setting up plays. Griffin grabbed a Greenwalt lob from the top of the key to power up for two under the hoop.
Elizabeth Ansdale put two away for the Rebels at 5:12, but the first half shooting percentage for Ole Miss was just 11.1 percent. Brooked Baughman entered the game at 6:05 and added two from the top of the key to give Tech a 29-8 lead. Robertson connected for her first three at 3:43. Myrick was fouled on a spin move at the post on the next trip up the court and completed both free throws. Davis made two more free throws after being fouled on the following possession. The Lady Raiders continued to sink free throws, adding two more from Robertson to put the score at 38-8. Ashley Johnson added a three-pointer for the Rebels just before the half.
Robertson was the highlight in the second half, sinking a three-pointer in the beginning seconds. The crowd went wild on a Dabbs steal followed by another Robertson three at 17:39. Her third three of the game came at 15:51. Dabbs continued to stay hot with a jumper from the wing. She added another at 13:41 to put the score at 57-16.
Head Coach Marsha Sharp put her depth from the bench to good use in the second half. Griffin fed Smith at the three-point line at 11:38, and Smith followed with a fast break lay-in to put Tech ahead 62-18. Dabbs added a flashy jumpshot just short of the three, and Edwards tipped in another two on the next possession. Smith was wide open at the back door for another two at 7:10. An Edwards steal set up a Smith reverse lay-in at 4:59. Edwards blocked a Rebel shot at the other end. Tech led 78-27 with 3:56 on the clock. Edwards fouled out at 3:13 and Myrick entered in her place. Myrick beat her player up court on a fast break and grabbed the pass under the hoop to put it up for two. Smith connected for two at 1:45 on the inbound, and Myrick added a block at the other end of the court. Griffin powered up for a bucket on the next trip up the court. Smith added a breakaway lay-in with less than a minute remaining in the game for a final score of 86-38.
Tech travels to Las Vegas Dec. 18-19 to play in the Las Vegas Duel in the Desert. The Lady Raiders will play Arkansas State on Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. CST. Tech returns home to host Penn State on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
By Jenna Sampson, Texas Tech Media Relations