WACO — Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker said she saw a different side of her basketball team Wednesday night — and this time, it wasn’t a change for the better.
The Lady Raiders struggled on both ends of the floor against No. 9 Baylor in a 92-43 loss at the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears (17-3, 7-1) kept sole possession of first place in the Big 12, and the Lady Raiders (6-14, 0-9) lost their 10th game in a row.
Whitaker said she saw a “different side” of her team that was more timid and less aggressive.
It was evident from the start; the Lady Raiders couldn’t buy a bucket, going 0 for 12 in the first nine-plus minutes of the contest while falling behind 19-0.
To make matters worse, most offensive possessions, no matter the time on the shot clock, were one and done as Texas Tech pulled down only two offensive rebounds during that time.
“We can’t focus on the name of the jersey,” junior guard Amber Battle said. “We have to focus on ourselves.”
After freshman point guard Marina Lizarazu’s reverse layup finally broke the ice for Tech, her penetration made the Baylor defense collapse, opening up freshmen guards Minta Spears and Jasmine Caston for 3-point shots.
Lizarazu was an asset offensively in the first half, leading her team with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.
“I thought Marina came in and gave us a spark,” Whitaker said. “She doesn’t know Baylor, and you can tell. She made plays, got to the rim and found shooters.”
Senior guard Odyssey Sims led Baylor with 25 points, followed by freshman forward Nina Davis with 13. Senior guard Makenzie Robertson and freshman post Khadijah Cave scored 11 apiece, and freshman guard Ieshia Small added 10.
Baylor led 47-22 at halftime, then made a 16-0 run starting the second half to end any comeback hopes.
In the second half, all nine made baskets by the Lady Raiders were assisted.
“For a span there when they were pressing us, Marina did such a good job on finding Amber over the top,” Whitaker said. “We were aggressive in press break and got some run-outs that led to assists and baskets.”
Someone had to step up for Texas Tech as the Lady Bears made Battle work for every one of her 11 points.
Lizarazu chipped in nine points while Spears and freshman guard Ivonne CookTaylor each added six.
Texas Tech struggled against a Baylor defense that is No. 8 in the country, shooting only 31 percent from the field.
Throughout the season, the Lady Bears average 22.3 points off opponent turnovers and 19.6 during Big 12 play.
On Wednesday night, Baylor scored 25 points off of Tech’s 19 turnovers.
“(Baylor) is long and athletic,” Whitaker said. “They bother you because of that.”
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