-Kierra Mallard scored 21 points to lead Texas Tech to a 67-60 victory over Prairie View A&M today, giving the Lady Raiders the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tourney title.
Tech (5-1) began the game on a 9-0 run before Prairie View (2-3) hit its first bucket at the 13:32 mark as Gaati Werema hit a jumper. The Lady Raiders largest lead of the first half came at 15-2 when Chynna Brown hit a jumper at 12:12. The Lady Panthers fought back and got within one late in the half at 27-26. Jordan Barncastle sank a jumper with 41 seconds left to give Tech a 29-26 advantage at the half.
The Lady Raiders came out strong to start the second half, going on an 11-2 run the first four minutes to put the score at 40-28. However, Prairie View A&M turned the tables and outscored Tech 11-4 over the next four minutes to cut the Lady Raiders' lead to five at 44-39. With 12 minutes to go in the game, Tech went on another run as it scored nine unanswered points over a span of three and half minutes. Tech got up by as many as 17 points twice, with the last coming on a jumper by Mallard with 4:54 left in the contest. Prairie View battled back and got within six points with 12 seconds remaining, but Tech hung on to claim the seven-point win.
Tilmila Martin chipped in 12 points for Tech. Ashlee Roberson grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and Monique Smalls collected a game highs six assists and six steals.
Dominique Smith led Prairie View with a game-high 23 points.
Tech shot 41.4 percent from the field (24-58), while the Lady Panthers shot 37.5 percent (24-64). Prairie View outrebounded Tech 42-40.
Mallard was named the Most Valuable Player of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tourney, while teammates Roberson and Smalls were named to the All-Tournament team. The other three players named to the all-tournament team were Candice Thomas (Prairie View A&M), Rheina Ale (San Francisco) and Meghan Nelson (Texas-Arlington).
In the first game today, Texas-Arlington defeated San Francisco, 70-67.
The Lady Raiders return to action on Wed., Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., as they host Texas State.