NORMAN, Okla. – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team came up short on Monday night at Oklahoma, falling to the Sooners, 88-79, at Lloyd Noble Center in the regular season finale.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders were led by 20-point nights from Lexi Gordon and Vivian Gray. Gordon had 23 points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Gray had another stellar night as well, posting 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals. Both only had one turnover each.
Freshman Khadija Faye finished with 10 points, five rebounds and an assist. All seven Lady Raiders to see the floor on Monday reached five points or more.
Gordon had nine points in the opening quarter as Texas Tech led, 23-18, at the end of one. Tech opened on a 9-3 run with buckets by four different Lady Raiders, eventually stretching their lead to as large as 11 in the period. The Lady Raiders held the Sooners to 36.8 percent shooting in the frame, while hitting 10 of their 18 shots (55.6 percent).
Texas Tech expanded its lead heading into halftime, tying its largest lead of the game at 46-35 after two. It marked the Lady Raiders’ largest halftime lead in Big 12 play this year. Tech again shot well over 50 percent from the floor in the second quarter, as six of seven Lady Raiders to see action in the second period scored, led by Gray’s seven points.
Out of the locker room, the Lady Raiders withstood an 18-6 run by the Sooners to open the second half. Thanks in part to seven quick points in under a minute by Gordon, Tech hit four of their last five shots to end the third quarter and take a 62-60 lead into the final period.
With the Lady Raiders’ shots not falling in the final minutes after what was mostly a back-and-forth fourth period, Oklahoma would go on to outscore Tech, 28-17, in the last 10 minutes of play to come out on top.
- Texas Tech’s 23 points in the period are the most the Lady Raiders have scored in a first quarter in Big 12 play this season.
- The Lady Raiders led at the half by 11—the largest halftime lead for Tech in Big 12 play this year. Tech’s 46 points in the opening half are also the most for Tech in a first half in Big 12 play this season.
- Vivian Gray reached 20 points or more for the 13th time this season, while Lexi Gordon did for the ninth time this season.
- Monday marked the second-straight game that two Lady Raiders have reached 20 points in the same game.
- It marked only the second game this season that Tech has lost after leading at halftime.
The Lady Raiders now await their seeding and opponent for the Big 12 Tournament, set to begin March 11 in Kansas City, Mo.