Texas Tech Takes Down Jacksonville|
Amber Battle scored 16 points for her eighth game in double digits this season.
Dec. 20, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech junior Amber Battle scored a team-high 16 points while redshirt freshman Minta Spears scored 13 to lead the Lady Raiders to a 62-48 win over Jacksonville on Friday at United Spirit Arena in the opening game of the World Vision Challenge.
Battle scored in double figures for the eighth time in Tech's nine games. Spears did the same for the sixth time and hit three 3-pointers or more for the fourth time this year.
"I saw some good things out there," Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. "I thought we shared the ball well. Some shots didn't go but we had good looks. But proud that we got a win here and got off on a good foot in this tournament."
Tech (5-4) hit only two of its first eight shots but then settled into a groove and began to pull away from Jacksonville with a 10-2 run midway through the first half. The Lady Raiders hit 57 percent the rest of the first half (12 of 21) to take a 33-23 lead at the break.
Jacksonville (3-6) made two small runs in the second half but Tech's perimeter defense was able to stifle any long-range shooting by the Dolphins - holding them to just 4 of 19 shooting from behind the arc (21.1 percent).
"We were able to just find their shooters," Battle said. "We were able to locate them in transition and stop them and that really helped us."
The Lady Raiders also improved on the boards since being outrebounded on Sunday at Arizona. A big part of the improved rebounding has been junior transfer Audrisa Harrison, who grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go with seven points on Friday. That gives her 20 in the last two games for Tech.
"I was just trying to get more opportunities for my team," Harrison said. "That's the way I felt that I could be of use was to go after the boards and get more opportunities for us."
Tech now turns its attention to Florida Atlantic for a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday back at United Spirit Arena. Jacksonville and Abilene Christian will face off at 12 p.m.