The Texas Tech women's basketball team continued its win streak with a 65-55 victory over New Mexico today at the United Spirit Arena. The Lady Raiders have now won six-straight games.
Tech (7-1) controlled most of the game as New Mexico (5-3) led just once at 5-4 at 18:48 in the first half. The Lady Raiders went up by as many as 12, 19-7, in the first period as Jordan Murphree hit a layup at 11:52. The Lobos responded by cutting the margin to two, 24-22, as Valerie Kast made a jumper with five and a half minutes to go. Tech, however, held the Lobos scoreless from there until the end of the half, outscoring UNM 5-0 to lead 29-22 at the break.
Tech shot 54.2 percent (13-24) the first half, which was just the second time this season to shoot 50 percent or better in the first period with the other coming against Sam Houston State in the season opener (50 percent).
The Lady Raiders increased their lead by 13 about seven minutes into the second half at 44-31 as Murphree nailed a three-pointer. Their biggest lead of the game, 18 points, came with five and half minutes to go in the contest when Kierra Mallard dished it off to Ashlee Roberson for a layup making it 57-39. The Lobos got within seven points twice – at 2:07 on a jumper by Jessica Kielpinski and again with 40 seconds to go on a jumper by Sara Halasz. Tech then hit 3-of-4 free throws to claim the 10-point win.
Murphree led all players with a season-high 20 points, while Roberson got her second-straight double-double with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. It was her third double-double of the season. Mary Bokenkamp was a spark off the bench for Tech as she hit three three-pointers in 17 minutes of play for a career-high nine points.
New Mexico was led by Amanda Best with 14 points.
Tech and UNM both collected 36 rebounds apiece and the Lady Raiders outshot the Lobos 45.8 percent (22-48) to 34.9 percent (22-63).
Tech concludes its seven-game homestand on Tue., Dec. 8, as it hosts Lamar at 7 p.m.