The Texas Tech women’s basketball team hadn’t made more than seven 3-pointers in a game this season.
In Sunday’s 68-41 win against Northern Colorado, the Lady Raiders made eight. In the first half.
Despite cooling off considerably in the second half, Tech brought a 42-22 advantage into halftime to coast to victory.
“I think the difference in the first half, compared to the second half, was a lot of little things,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “I thought we came out execution-wise and really reversed the basketball, made the extra pass. Our shot selection, we did a great job in the first half and were able to finish with a make. There’s a correlation there with the flow of your offense.”
Tech shot 65.2 percent from the floor in the first half, including 8 of 10 beyond the 3-point line. Tech’s shooting percentage was its best in a half since 2008.
Casey Morris and Christine Hyde led the Lady Raider attack with 18 and 15 points, respectively, but they combined for only nine in the second half.
Chynna Brown chipped in a dozen for Tech, her second straight game in double digits.
Five Lady Raiders made 3-pointers for Tech, which finished 10 of 19 from beyond the arc.
“We just know that we’ve been working on (shooting in practice) and coming in extra and getting up extra shots,” Morris said. “We’re confident with that. They keep telling us to stay confident in our own shot and keep on shooting and staying positive and it will go in eventually.”
The Lady Raiders (8-1) begin play in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Michigan State.
Northern Colorado was led by D’Shara Strange’s 11 points.
After the hot first half, the Lady Raiders struggled to find baskets as the game became more physical. Tech went on a five-minute field-goal drought in the second half, which was ended by a Brown reverse layup with 7:20 left and made the score 58-35.
The Bears, who scored most of their first-half points on jump shots, also struggled in the second half to find offense. Northern Colorado nearly quadrupled its first-half turnover number as the game turned sloppy in the final 20 minutes.
Tech forced 15 turnovers in the second half and snagged seven steals.
“Even if we don’t get that consistent flow in the offense,” Hyde said, “You know, it’s our defense that really helps us out in the end.”
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