The Texas Tech Lady Raidersvercame a 14-point deficit to hand UCLA a 72-62 loss at the United Spirit Arena Mondat night.
Tech (8-4) started the game with a 5-0 lead before the Bruins (9-2) scored their first basket at the 17:56 mark. Again, the Lady Raiders would go up by as many as five points on a jumper by Dominic Seals at 15:50. UCLA took its first lead of the game at 12-11 on a three-point bucket by Erica Tukiainen with 12 minutes to go in the half. Tech got down 27-13 but from there, the Lady Raiders went on a 20-6 run to tie the game at 33-33 to end the half. The first 20 minutes saw just three lead changes.
Building off the momentum from the first half, Tech went on a 16-5 run in the first five and half minutes of the second half to take an 11-point lead at 49-38. The Bruins got within three points at the 10-minute mark on a jumper by Nina Earl, but the Lady Raiders responded scoring seven-straight points including a three-pointer by Maria Moore to put Tech up 60-50. In the last nine minutes, UCLA would get no closer than six points as Tech hung on to claim a 10-point victory.
All five Tech starters scored in double figures as Maria Moore led the way by tying her career high of 18 points. Seals and Jordan Murphree both finished with 14 points, while Kierra Mallard and Ashlee Roberson had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Mallard also grabbed eight rebounds and Moore tied a career-high nine assists. Seals collected four blocks, which tied a career high as well.
Tech shot 46.7 percent from the field, hitting 28-of-60 shots compared to UCLA's 38.3 percent (23-60). The Bruins outrebounded the Lady Raiders 41-33.
Tech will host Arkansas on Sat., Jan. 3, at 2 p.m.