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Seals Paces Tech Past SMU

Dominic Seals had career highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders.
Dominic Seals had career highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders.

Dec. 29, 2007

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Backed by Dominic Seals' first-half double-double, Texas Tech (12-1) returned from a 10-day Christmas break to defeat SMU, 75-70, Saturday at the United Spirit Arena.

Both offenses struggled throughout the game as the Mustangs (9-3) hit only two of their first 10 shots, while the Lady Raiders also struggled, connecting on only six of their first 18. SMU finished the first half shooting only 26-percent from the field.

Seals sparked Tech throughout the first half with her 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Lady Raiders to a 35-29 halftime lead.

Turnovers would plague the Lady Raiders throughout the contest as Tech committed 20, which SMU converted into 24 points.

SMU's Janielle Dodds, the Mustangs' second career all-time scorer, was held to no points, before fouling out with 7:16 remaining in the second half.

The game was tied at 57 with 3:06 remaining, before Tech closed the game on an 18-13 run.

Without Dodds, the Mustangs still had four players score in double figures led by Jillian Samuels and Brittany Gilliam with 14 point apiece. Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson sparked the Lady Raiders down the stretch as the duo finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

The game still belonged to Seals, though, as the South Plains College transfer finished with a career high in points (22), rebounds (16) and assists (3), while tying her career high in both blocks (3) and steals (2).

Tech finished the game shooting 36 percent compared to SMU's 33 percent. The Lady Raiders outrebounded the Mustangs 56-41.



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