LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite a 68-54 setback to the nation's third-ranked program, head coach Kristy Curry saw a lot of "positives" in the Lady Raiders second loss of the season. Texas Tech dropped to 4-2 overall with a 68-54 loss to No. 3/6 California in the second game of the Paradise Jam tournament at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on Friday.
"I thought our team really competed and played extremely hard," Curry said. "We made some mental mistakes against a top five team you can't have. We are better for having played them and can take a lot of positives away from tonight."
A glaring positive for the Lady Raiders was the play of the bench as Texas Tech out-scored California, 28-12, led by Keisha Walker's nine points and six each from Tilmila Martin and Alana Rumph.
Dominic Seals led the Lady Raiders with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Ashlee Roberson added eight points and seven boards. Cal was led by Ashley Walker's 30 points, including 11-of-11 from the free throw line, while Alexis Gray-Lawson added 19 points and 10-of-11 from the line.
The Lady Raiders never led in the game as California built a 20-point advantage late in the second half, extending the team's perfect start to the season with its fifth win.
Tech slightly improved on its dismal shooting night in the opener against Iowa with a 30.2 percent effort against the Bears after hitting only 25 percent against the Hawkeyes. The Lady Raiders did improve at the line, knocking down 17-of-21 shots. Cal was 26-of-33 from the charity stripe.
Texas Tech guard Tiny Henderson played seven minutes, before being pulled with a knee injury. Her status is listed as day-to-day.
The Lady Raiders face South Florida on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT in the final game for Texas Tech in the event. The game can be heard live on the Texas Tech Sports Network and also on-line at www.texastech.com.