LUBBOCK (KCBD) - Casey Morris scored 17 points to lead Texas Tech to a 57-48 victory over Oklahoma State, giving the Lady Raiders their first 20-win season since the 2004-05 season.
Tech (20-8/7-7 Big 12) opened the game on an 8-0 run before Oklahoma State (15-12/3-11) scored its first basket at 16:06 on a jumper by Vicky McIntyre. The Lady Raiders responded with a three-pointer by Morris to take an 11-2 lead.
Tech got up by as many as 15 points, 19-4, when Monique Smalls hit one of two free throws with 13 minutes to go.
At the 9:26 mark, Chynna Brown nailed a three-pointer to give the Lady Raiders a 24-14 advantage and from there Tech scored just one point over the next eight minutes. The Cowgirls went on a 7-0 run during that time to cut Tech's lead to four at 25-21.
Morris hit her fourth three-pointer of the game with eight seconds to go in the half to give Tech a 31-23 lead at the break.
The second half saw two leads changes as OSU got its first lead of the game at the 9:53 mark when Lakyn Garrison sank a three to put the Cowgirls up 40-39.
The Lady Raiders regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Christine Hyde at 6:46, 43-42. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
Tech's biggest advantage of the second half was nine points on four occasions – three times during the first five minutes of the half and then at the end of the game when Brown connected on two free throws with 16 seconds left on the clock to give the Lady Raiders the nine-point win.
Morris scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half. All five of her field goals were three-pointers as her other two points came from the charity stripe. Teena Wickett also scored in double figures for Tech with 11 points, while Kierra Mallard grabbed 10 rebounds.
Vicky McIntyre led OSU with 14 points and 11 boards.
Tech finished the game shooting just 34 percent (18-53) from the field, while the Cowgirls shot 37 percent (20-54).
The Lady Raiders outrebounded OSU 40-34. Tech also had 16 steals on the night.
Tech travels to Austin to take on Texas on Wed., March 2, at 7 p.m., and returns home to face No. 16/15 Oklahoma on Sat., March 5, at 2 p.m.