LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team earned its first win over in-state rival Texas in eight years on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Longhorns, 74-66, at United Supermarkets Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders were led by none other than their senior standout Vivian Gray, who recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points to lead all scorers and a career high 13 rebounds. Lexi Gordon finished with 14 points—including 10 in the fourth quarter—along with five rebounds and three assists.
Najé Murray added 13 points for her second-straight game in double figures, also adding four rebounds. Maka Jackson had 11 points for the second-straight game to tie her season high. Alexis Tucker had six rebounds to finish second on the team in boards, also scoring six points and forcing a pair of steals.
The Lady Raiders held the Longhorns to their lowest shooting performance of the season so far: a 20-for-61 mark from the floor (32.8 percent)—including a 2-for-19 third quarter.
The Longhorns outscored the Lady Raiders, 16-15, in the first quarter to hold a slight lead after one. It would end up being the only period where Tech got outscored, as the home team held a scoring advantage in the second, third and fourth frames.
The Lady Raiders got buckets from six different players in the second quarter to help the team take a 33-28 lead into the halftime locker room. Tech posted a 6-0 run midway through the frame to take a lead that they wouldn't again relinquish.
Gray scored 10 points in the third quarter to help Tech outscore the Longhorns, 16-14, in the frame. Texas shot only 10.5 percent from the floor in the third compared to the Lady Raiders' 42.9 percent, but 13 free throws in the frame were able to keep the Longhorns in the game. The Lady Raiders stretched their lead to seven heading to the final period.
Texas was able to go on a handful of mini runs in the final frame, but it wouldn't be enough as the Lady Raiders turned the ball over only twice in the fourth while making 16 of 17 free throw attempts to help ice the win.
The Lady Raiders will hit the road for a pair of consecutive games this week, beginning with a matchup at Kansas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.