Lady Raiders Roll Past Louisville, 68-57, in Caribbean Classic|
Dec. 19, 2005
RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico - The Texas Tech women's basketball team (4-5) got a 68-57 win over Louisville (6-2) in the second game of the Caribbean Classic, marking the first time this season that the Lady Raiders have won back-to-back games. Tech defeated Oral Roberts last Thursday.
Louisville jumped out early to take the lead with its biggest advantage of the game at 11-6 during the first four minutes of the game. Tech went up 12-11 with 14:00 to go in the first half and never relinquished its lead.
The closest the Cardinals would get was one point at the 8:03 mark in the first period. The Lady Raiders went into the locker room at halftime with a 10-point advantage at 33-23.
Tech started the second half on a 13-2 run to in the first five minutes to go ahead 46-25. The largest lead of the game for Tech came on a jumper by LaToya Davis to put the score at 58-32, a 26-point advantage, with 10:43 to go in the game. The Lady Raiders again saw a 26-point lead with 9:53 remaining on another jumper by Davis. Louisville cut the lead to 11 twice, the closest it would get in the final period.
Tech was led by Davis as she recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds tied her season high. She also collected a season-high four steals. Erin Myrick chipped in 16 points, while Erin Grant and Tiny Henderson each had four assists.
For the second-straight game, the Lady Raiders shot over 50 percent from the field as they hit 28-of-51 shots for 54.9 percent. The Cardinals hit 40 percent, connecting on 22-of-55 shot attempts. Louisville was led by Missy Taylor who scored 14 points.
Tech will face Virginia Tech in the third game of the Caribbean Classic on Tues., Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. Virginia Tech defeated Western Michigan in the first game of the Classic, 69-65. Louisville and Western Michigan will play at 3:30 p.m. following of the Texas Tech-Virginia Tech game.