Lady Raiders drop UTSA, 83-43

LUBBOCK, Texas – Playing its fourth game in six days, the Texas Tech women's basketball team continued its win streak with an 83-43 romping of UTSA Wednesday night at the United Spirit Arena.

Tech (8-0) scored the first points of the game as Kierra Mallard connected on two free throws at 19:20. UTSA (3-4) then scored four-straight points to take its first lead. The Lady Raiders knotted it a 4-4 at 15:20 when Casey Morris hit two free throws. The Roadrunners responded by scoring the next four points to take an 8-4 lead, their largest of the game.

Kelsi Baker hit a jumper at 13:17 to tie the game at 8-8. Baker then nailed another jumper and was fouled. She made the free throw to give Tech an 11-8 with 12:47. It was the last lead change of the game.

UTSA scored a jumper by Whitney Wright at 12:29, its last basket until 11 seconds to go in the half, as Tech outscored the Roadrunner 29-2 to finish the half.

The Lady Raiders led 40-15 at the half.

UTSA came out in the second half and scored four-straight points after Tech's Jordan Barncastle hit one of two free throws, but from there Tech continued to control the game. From the 18:43 mark, Tech outscored the Roadrunners 13-3 over the next six minutes to put the score at 55-22.

Mary Bokenkamp nailed back-to-back baskets, first a two-pointer with 9:35 to go in the game and then a three-pointer 24 seconds later to give Tech a 64-26 advantage.

The Lady Raiders' biggest lead of the game was 45, which occurred twice – first at 5:03 with Antiesha Brown hitting a jumper and then again at 3:07 as Christine Hyde made a layup to give a 79-34 lead.

Baker and Mallard both had 12 points for Tech, while Morris added 10. Mallard had her second-straight double-double as she grabbed 10 rebounds. Mallard also had a game-best four blocks and Monique Smalls tallied seven assists.

Ashley Gardner had nine points to lead the Roadrunners.

Tech shot 40.3 percent (29-72) from the field to UTSA's 24.2 percent (15-62). The Lady Raiders outrebounded the Roadrunners 60-35.

After playing seven-straight games at home, Tech hits the road for a game at Penn State on Sun., Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. CST as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.

Source: TTU