LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team fell short of a win against Oklahoma State on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena, 81-66.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders were led by Lexi Gordon, who had 21 points on a season-high five three-pointers. Vivian Gray was close to a double-double, recording nine points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks.
Maka Jackson had eight points, three rebounds and a career high five assists. Khadija Faye and Bryn Gerlich each had 10 points, with Gerlich's tying her career high in scoring.
The Lady Raiders hustled, outrebounding a stout Cowgirl frontcourt led by standout Natasha Mack, 39-32. Tech had 14 offensive boards on the night.
Tech's annual Play4Kay game had a strong start by both the Lady Raiders and Cowgirls as they battled blow for blow in the first quarter. Top scorer Lexi Gordon had a fiery start with back-to-back 3-pointers out the gate, but the first quarter ended neck and neck with a 21-18 lead by OSU after the first 10 minutes.
Tech finished the first half outrebounding the Cowgirls, 20-16, led by seven boards from Vivian Gray who was stout on the defensive end for the Lady Raiders; however, it just wasn't enough as OSU stretched their lead to 12 by halftime.
The Lady Raiders would refuse to give up and battled back strong in the second half.
The team came out strong doubling their points from the second quarter hitting 7-of-13 shots from field, including three 3-pointers. Players such as Maka Jackson, Bryn Gerlich, Khadija Faye, and Naje Murray helped to cover the court on all ends with fast pace and energy.
With a focus to finish strong, Jackson and Gerlich had impressive fourth quarters with four and five points, respectively, to lead five Lady Raiders who got on the board in the final period. Tech pulled it to within double digits a couple of times, but it wouldn't be enough as OSU pulled away late to seal the win.
The Lady Raiders will be back on the court Wednesday in Norman, Okla., against the Sooners. Tech and Oklahoma are set to tip off at 7 p.m.