ACU Sneaks By Texas Tech|
Amber Battle scored 26 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double.
Dec. 22, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech junior guard Amber Battle scored her fourth double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds but Abilene Christian hit two free throws in the final seconds to sneak by with a 58-57 win on Sunday in the final game of the World Vision Challenge at United Spirit Arena.
Battle earned All-Tournament Team and MVP honors after averaging 23.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in the three games over the weekend. Audrisa Harrison, who had 18 rebounds on Saturday, also earned All-Tournament team honors.
Tech (6-5) finishes non-conference play with its second home loss of the season.
"Obviously we're disappointed," Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. "I didn't think we came out with the energy and intensity that we needed to put ourselves in a great situation. I still thought we had plenty of opportunities down at certain points in the game to finish and make plays and we just weren't able to do that."
The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 16-8 lead as Abilene Christian turned it over seven times. But then the Wildcats began getting second chance points off of offensive rebounds and closed out the half with a 10-2 run to take a 30-24 lead into the break.
ACU (9-5) would hold the lead throughout most of the second half after Battle and Minta Spears scored quickly following the break to tie it at 35-35. The Wildcats led by as many as 12 before Tech mounted a 18-5 run capped off by Spears' 3-pointer to take a 57-56 lead with 47 seconds remaining.
Spears would miss the front end of a 1-and-1 with 21 seconds left giving ACU the chance for the win. Lizzy Dimba drew the foul inside off of Kellyn Schneider and hit both free throws with 3.2 seconds left to close out the 58-57 win.
The Lady Raiders will have 10 days before starting Big 12 Conference play on Jan. 2 vs. No. 20 Oklahoma at United Spirit Arena.