LUBBOCK, Texas – Lady Raider Basketball continued its winning tradition inside the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum with an 80-64 victory over UT-Rio Grande Valley Sunday afternoon.
Texas Tech (5-5) got off to a slow start in the first quarter as UTRGV (9-3) knocked down five three-point shots including one by Valeria Tapia to take the lead at the end of the period.
The Lady Raiders continued to battle through the second quarter and entered the half tied at 36-36.
Tech was more aggressive in the third quarter, going to the line 14 times while playing clean on the defensive side. The Lady Raiders outscored the Vaqueros 18-10 in the third period and continued that momentum through the end of the game.
Tech shot 58 percent in the final quarter while holding UTRGV to just 31 percent, racking up 26 points compared to UTRGV's 18.
Four Lady Raiders scored in double figures for the fifth time this season. Senior Jada Terry led the team with 21 points, her second 20-point game of the season. Sophomore Erin DeGrate followed with 14 of her own and tallied eight rebounds. Junior Recee' Caldwell scored 11 for the Lady Raiders, her fourth double-digit point game of the season, while Freshman Lyndsey Whilby scored 10, marking her second straight 10+ point game.
The Lady Raiders posted a 50+ rebound game for the third time this season. Junior Zuri Sanders led the way with a season-best 13 boards.
Four Lady Raiders scored in double figures for the fifth time this season.
Led by Jada Terry, the Lady Raiders tied the season best with eight blocked shots against the Vaqueros.
Tech set a new season high in assists with 22 against UTRGV. Zuri Sanders led the team with 6 of her own.
The Lady Raiders close out the non-conference schedule with a game against Incarnate Word on Thursday at 2 p.m. Following the holiday break, the Lady Raiders will begin Big 12 play on Dec. 31 at Baylor.