LUBBOCK, TX – The Texas Tech women's basketball team extended its winning streak to nine as it got a 60-49 win over Mercer Monday at the United Spirit Arena.
Both teams got off to a slow start as Tech (10-1) had only scored four points when the Bears (4-5) finally scored their first basket at 14:39. The Lady Raiders got their biggest lead of the first period of 10 points at 21-11 when Christine Hyde nailed a three-pointer with 6:36 remaining. Tech was held scoreless for almost six minutes and Mercer closed the game to two points on a jumper by Lacy Ramon. The Lady Raiders then scored three points to finish the half and take a 24-19 lead at the break.
Tech would lead the whole game with Mercer getting as close as three points three times in the second half with the last coming at 15:21 as Courtney Ford hit a jumper to put the score 33-30. From the 16:55 mark until 1:19 left in the game, Tech led by as many as eight points three times before the Bears started fouling to send Tech to the line. Over the last 1:19, the Lady Raiders went the free throw line five times and connected on 7-of-10 attempts to claim the 11-point victory.
Kierra Mallard and Ashlee Roberson both finished with double-doubles for Tech as Mallard had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Roberson chipped in 12 points and 12 boards. Murphree added 10 points and five assists.
Courtney Ford led Mercer with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Tech shot just 32.7 percent from the field, while Mercer was 33.9 percent. The Lady Raiders outrebounded the Bears 47-38.
Next up for the Lady Raiders is the Tulane DoubleTree Classic in New Orleans Dec. 28-29. Tech plays North Dakota State on Dec. 28, at 8 p.m. Tulane and Long Island play the opening game at 6 pm. The consolation and championship games take place on Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.