LUBBOCK, Texas – Jordan Barncastle scored a career-high 24 points as the Texas Tech women's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 91-60 win over Northwestern State on Tuesday evening at the United Spirit Arena.
Jumping out to a 12-2 lead, Tech (9-1) only allowed NSU (3-6) just two points in the first four minutes.
Christine Hyde scored a layup at 14:38 to put the score at 16-5, but from there the Lady Demons scored eight-straight points to cut the Lady Raiders' lead to three. It was the closest NSU would get in the first half.
With 58 second to go in the half, Chynna Brown nailed a three-pointer to give Tech a 14-point advantage. Twenty-eight seconds later Brown hit a three-foot jumper along the right side baseline to put the Lady Raiders up by 16 at 44-28, their largest lead of the half.
Tech led 44-30 at the half.
The Lady Raiders opened the second period on a 7-0 run to go up 51-30. The Lady Demons didn't score until the 17:34 mark. Tech continued to dominate in the second half, going up by as many as 33 points when Ebony Walker made a short jumper with 44 seconds to go in the game.
The closest Northwestern State got in the second half was 15 points twice, with the last time coming with just over 11 minutes to go in the contest.
Along with Barncastle's 24 points, Teena Wickett added 13 points and Kierra Mallard chipped in 12. Wickett also had eight rebounds and three steals. Monique Smalls and Casey Morris both finished with five assists and Smalls tallied three steals as well.
Trudy Armstead scored 18 points to lead Northwestern State.
For the third time this season the Lady Raiders shot over 50 percent from the field as they hit 54 percent of their shots (34-63). NSU was 40.6 percent (26-64) from the field.
Tech outrebounded the Lady Demons 49-24.
Tech now has 12-day hiatus for final exams and will resume play Dec. 19-20, as it plays in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. On Sun., Dec. 19, the Lady Raiders face Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. CST and then on Mon., Dec. 20, they take on California at 2:15 p.m. CST.