LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team dropped its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling to Rice, 81-62, at United Supermarkets Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders were led by Lexi Gordon who scored a season high 21 points, including four triples. Chrislyn Carr tied her season high with 18 points with four three-pointers as well along with four points and four rebounds. Carr also became the 34th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
Alexis Tucker scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds to tie with Vivian Gray for the team lead. Tech had 18 offensive rebounds which was a season high, led by eight from Tucker and four from Gray.
Rice jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and would go on to lead, 18-11, at the end of the first quarter. The Owls led by as many as 12 in the frame, but the Lady Raiders were able to buckle down on both ends of the floor and pull to within seven heading to the second.
After the Owls extended their lead to 12 at the half, Texas Tech used a strong offensive third quarter to pull to within six at the end of the period. The Lady Raiders hit five three pointers in the frame, and were led by eight points from Gordon, seven from Tucker and six from Carr. Tech went on a 14-0 scoring run in the back half of the third, and trailed, 57-51, going into the fourth period.
Rice used a 12-point scoring run in the fourth period to put Tech away and finish off the game. The Owls hit four of five three-point attempts in the final quarter.
The Lady Raiders will look to add one more game prior to Big 12 play starting on Dec. 14 at Baylor. More information on any additional games will be released in the coming days.