The Texas Tech women’s basketball team started Wednesday’s game against Iowa State stealing the basketball on a post entry pass, and was tied with Iowa State at four with 15 minutes left in the first half.
That was the high point, however, as the Cyclones started getting the ball inside to unanimous first team Big 12 senior forward Hallie Christofferson, it was all downhill from there.
The Big 12’s second leading scorer, Christofferson finished with 22 points, keeping her team undefeated with a 74-48 victory.
It was win No. 14 for Iowa State, setting the mark as the longest win streak in school history.
“I thought for about 14 minutes, literally, she was playing by herself,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said of Christofferson. “She wasn’t getting a whole lot of help. ... Luckily, she outscored them in the first half.”
Two other Cyclones finished in double figures — junior guard Brynn Williamson with 11 and freshman guard Seanna Johnson with 10, as Iowa State hit 46.3 percent from the floor.
“They have five guards on the floor,” Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “For our post players, it’s extremely difficult. Christofferson is a guard and they’re very skilled and deadly from three. They can all shoot it and they run a lot of stuff.”
Iowa State (3-0 in Big 12) went on a 18-2 run to end the first half, the run stopped only by a layup from freshman guard Marina Lizarazu, Tech’s first points since the eight-minute mark and the Lady Raiders’ first field goal for Tech since the 9:09 mark.
“We were taking really quick shots,” freshman guard Minta Spears said. “We would come down, dribble, go off a screen and shoot it or dribble, kick to the corner and shoot it. Against a good team, you can’t afford to have those quick possessions and not make them work on the defensive end. Obviously we fixed that at half time.”
The Lady Raiders (6-8, 0-3) started out the second half on a 7-2 run, attacking the paint instead of settling for mid-range jumpers and battling on the boards.
“We weren’t going to take any shot if it wasn’t going inside, or on the third or fourth side of the floor, or late in the shot clock,” Whitaker said.
Tech outrebounded the Cyclones 32-29, but Iowa State owned the paint, outscoring Tech 34-22.
As a whole, the Lady Raiders shot 37.5 percent from the field, but hit only one 3-pointer on the evening while Iowa State nailed eight.
Lizarazu led Texas Tech with 10 points, followed by forward Shauntal Nobles, guard Amber Battle and guard Minta Spears with eight each.
“It feels good to finally get some points up and contribute to my team,” Spears said. “We’ve just got to learn from this and in the next game try to keep shooting with confidence, attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line.”
Fennelly said that because Tech plays so many people, they decided to focus on Battle, who was 4-of-13 from the field and did not get to the free-throw line.
“We go as Amber goes,” Whitaker said. “They did an excellent job of making her do other things.”
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