LUBBOCK, Texas – In its final tune-up prior to opening conference play, the Texas Tech women's basketball team rolled to a 73-36 win over Houston Baptist on Monday night at the United Spirit Arena.
Tech (13-1) held Houston Baptist (2-13) scoreless the first 11 and half minutes of the game as the Lady Raiders scored the first 27 points of the contest. The Huskies got on the board at the 8:29 mark on a free throw by Destini Texada. Houston Baptist hit its first field goal at 7:50 on a jumper by Jamie Spriggs to put the score at 29-3 in favor of Tech.
The Lady Raiders led by as many as 32 points the first half when Kelsi Baker made a layup with just over six minutes to play. Tech led 42-14 at the half.
The Huskies came out better in the second half than they did in the first, scoring their first bucket at the 18:50 mark. However, Lady Raiders continued to dominate as they outscored Houston Baptist, 31-22, in the final 20 minutes with Tech's bench playing a majority of the second half. All 15 players got in the game during the second period.
Tech got its largest lead of the game of 39 points at 9:12 as Christine Hyde hit a layup. From there, the Huskies held the Lady Raiders scoreless for the next four and half minutes, going on a 7-0 run.
Kierra Mallard recorded her fourth double-double of the season, her second-straight, with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Casey Morris added 10 points, while Chynna Brown had nine. Monique Smalls finished with four assists and two steals and Lindie Kimbro also tallied two steals. Mallard collected two blocks on the night as well.
Spriggs led Houston Baptist with a game-high 14 points.
Tech outshot the Huskies 43.7 percent (31-71) to 25.5 percent (14-55). The Lady Raiders also outrebounded HBU, 52-35.
The Lady Raiders open Big 12 Conference play on Sat., Jan. 8, at Kansas at 7 p.m.