Lady Raider star Amber Battle is expected to have surgery after she was hit in the face by an incoming Tech football player following an incident Saturday at Texas Tech’s recreation center, the Avalanche-Journal has learned.
During a basketball game, freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel II reportedly punched Battle in the face, breaking a bone.
Blayne Beal, a Tech spokesman, confirmed there was an incident between two student athletes Saturday afternoon at the recreation center. Beal said campus officials are gathering information from both parties.
Tech women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker said she was unable to comment Saturday evening.
Following the incident, Battle posted to Twitter, “Pray for me y’all.” She later posted, “Thank y’all for the calls, texts and visits.”
From a Lubbock location Saturday evening, a Twitter account under the name Nigel Bethel II had a post that said, “Trouble always seems to find me ... ”
Tech spokesman Chris Cook said a police report was not complete as of Saturday evening as the investigation is still ongoing.
“(It) likely won’t be ready before Monday,” he said.
Battle was the Lady Raiders’ leading scorer last season, averaging 16.4 points per game. She also averaged a team-high 7.4 rebounds. She’s a 5 foot, 9 inch guard from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has one year of eligibility remaining.
Bethel is a 5-9 cornerback from Miami, Florida, Booker T. Washington High School. He signed with Tech in February and is one of the team’s more highly regarded freshmen.
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