ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Texas Tech women's basketball got an impressive 80-53 win in its season opener at New Mexico Friday night at the The Pit.
Tech (1-0) opened game on a 14-2 run the first five minutes. During that span Casey Morris hit three buckets for the Lady Raiders scoring eight of her 14 first half points. The closest New Mexico (0-1) got was within seven points at 14-7 with 13:26 to go in the half.
With six minutes remaining in the half, Teena Wickett hit back-to-back layups to give Tech a 26-12 lead. Then roughly two minutes later, Morris connected on a 15-footer on the left wing and was fouled and hit the free throw to put the Lady Raiders up 29-14, their largest lead of the half.
Tech led 35-23 at the half.
The Lady Raiders came out on fire to start the second half going on a 18-4 run to start the first six minutes of the final period, getting a three-point play from Morris and another one from Shauntal Nobles as both hit layups and were fouled the way up.
Tech continued to dominate the rest of the game as it went up by as many at 39 points with just seven minutes left. Mary Bokenkamp came off the bench and nailed a three to start a run with 10:30 on the clock. Wickett capped off the run with a layup with 7:01 to go to put the score at 72-33.
The Lobos were held scoreless for over four minutes during that span in which Tech scored seven-straight points. UNM'S Tina Doughty hit a bucket at the 6:38 mark for its first points in four minutes.
Tech got up again by 39 with 5:52 left as Wickett hit another layup to put the score 74-35.
Tech went on to get the 27-point win as it played its bench the last six minutes of the contest.
Wickett led Tech with a career-high 19 points while Morris added 17 and Mallard finished with 15. Wickett grabbed a team-high six rebounds and Monique Smalls had game highs of five assists and five steals.
The Lobos were led by Amanda Best and Porche Torrance with 11 points apiece. Torrance also finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Tech shot 45.5 percent from the field to UNM's 32.7 percent. The Lobos outrebounded the Lady Raiders 43-40.
The Lady Raiders return to Lubbock for their home opener on Mon., Nov. 15, against Samford at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.