Kierra Mallard scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in leading Texas Tech to an 80-39 victory over Savannah State on Monday night at the United Spirit Arena.
The Lady Raiders (13-8) dominated from the opening tip and never looked back. They took a 16-2 lead in the first four minutes and a half minutes. The closest Savannah State (4-18) got was at 4-2 at the 18:37 mark. Tech's biggest lead of the half was 27 points at 46-19 on a three-pointer by Jordan Barncastle with 1:12 remaining. The Lady Raiders had a 43-23 advantage at the break. Tech shot 51.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, connecting on 17-of-33 shots.
Tech went on a 10-0 run to start the second half before the Lady Tigers scored their first point on a free throw by LaShara Smith. The Lady Raiders' largest lead of the contest, 41 points, came on the last basket of the game at 1:03 on a jumper by Barncastle to give Tech the 80-39 win.
Mallard's 23 points and 13 rebounds marked her fourth career double-double and her second straight. Dominic Seals added 15 points and Barncastle chipped in 13. Tiny Henderson collected four assists and Mallard finished with three blocks. Raven Fields led Savannah State with 13 points.
For the game, Tech shot 44.8 percent (30-67) compared to Savannah State's 29.2 percent (14-48). The Lady Raiders hit 15-of-21 free throws for 71.4 percent. Tech out-rebounded the Lady Tigers 44-33.
The Lady Raiders return to Big 12 action on Sun., Feb. 8, as they travel to Austin to take on Texas at 2 p.m.