Battle returns, Minta Spears scores 17 in Lady Raiders win
It took Amber Battle a while to shake off the rust.
Once she did, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders got rolling.
Battle scored seven points during a 22-3 run that stretched parts of both halves as the Lady Raiders defeated Abilene Christian 61-44 at United Supermarkets Arena on Wednesday.
“When we started to pull away, I thought Amber Battle took over,” Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker said. “She had plays on both ends of the floor and you could feel the momentum shift.
TEXAS TECH LADY
RAIDERS VS. ABILENE CHRISTIAN
11 A.M., LUBBOCK
Texas Tech senior guard Amber Battle, who was named to the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team, is expected to make her season debut against ACU. Battle was suspended for the month of November for an off-season altercation with Red Raider freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel. Punches were thrown between the two and both players were suspended for an equivalent of 25 percent of their seasons.
FREEPORT, Bahamas – North Carolina State used its long-range shooting and easily walked away with a 75-42 win over the Texas Tech Lady Raiders on Saturday in the second round of the Junkanoo Jam.
Texas Tech redshirt sophomore Minta Spears scored 16 points and was 5 of 6 from the field including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
FREEPORT, Bahamas – Texas Tech redshirt sophomore Ivonne CookTaylor scored 12 points and three more Lady Raiders tacked on 10 points apiece, but Purdue shot 48 percent from the field and forced 23 turnovers to take a 69-53 win over Tech on Friday in the opening round at the Junkanoo Jam.
Texas Tech needs Kelsi Baker on the floor.
Baker sat on the bench for most of the first half after picking up two quick fouls less than three minutes into the game. Once she got back out on the court in the second half, her 17 points and seven rebounds helped the Lady Raiders seal a 65-57 win over Morgan State on Sunday.
When Baker is playing, it’s like Tech coach Candi Whitaker has an extra coach on the court.
Texas Tech trailed until final minute and a half against Arizona
It was always close enough.
Texas Tech never fell too far behind Arizona Friday night.
The largest deficit the Lady Raiders faced was eight with 14:50 left to play.
Tech tied the game with 1:36 left to play before winning 57-54 to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011-12.
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS VS. ARIZONA
7 P.M., LUBBOCK
The Lady Raiders struggled on defense against Texas State, letting the Bobcats shoot 58.8 percent from beyond the arc.
It did not sit well with Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker.
“I felt like we were not guarding them,” Whitaker said. “We were not tracking them in the zone very well and when we went man we were not guarding them. ... We had to change as they changed their line up, but I thought our defense was very poor, particularly in the first half.”