AMES, Iowa – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team fell, 92-73, at Iowa State on Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Hot starts in the first and second halves for Iowa State proved to be the difference in the game Saturday. The Lady Raiders hung tough, even outscoring the Cyclones in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn't be enough.
Texas Tech was led by two 20-point scorers in Vivian Gray and Lexi Gordon. Gray led all scorers with 26 points for her second 20-piece in as many games, and her 10th 20-point game of the season. Gray shot 10-of-18 from the field, and also had six rebounds, an assist and a block. Gordon had 23 points for her seventh game of 20-plus points this season. The senior had five rebounds, a pair of assists and a block as well.
Bryn Gerlich tied her career high in scoring and got into double digits offensively for the first time this season. Gerlich finished with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Naje Murray was an assist away from tying her career high, helping on eight Lady Raider baskets.
The Lady Raiders had to overcome a bit of a slow start out of the gate, hitting four of their first 15 shots, while Iowa State was able to build a lead, shooting 52.6 percent in the opening quarter. Iowa State led, 24-13 after the opening 10 minutes of play.
Tech was able to get things going in the second quarter, with Gray returning to the game after a pair of early fouls to score eight points in the second quarter and Gordon adding five of her own in the frame. The Lady Raiders shot 41.2 percent in the second period.
Iowa State led, 43-28, at the half with Tech led by 10 points from Gray and nine from Gordon. The Lady Raiders had four blocks in the first half, led by two from freshman Khyla Wade-Warren.
Led by Gray's 16 second-half points and Gordon's 14, Texas Tech wouldn't quit, and mounted a number of mini runs in the third and fourth quarters to pull the deficit to as little as 13 multiple times; however, Iowa State held off the Lady Raider attack to take the win.
The Lady Raiders will be back in action this Wednesday when they play host to the eighth-ranked Baylor Bears at United Supermarkets Arena at 6 p.m.