The Lady Raiders were very generous in their gift giving this season as they closed their Non-conference home slate with a convincing win over the Mavericks of UT-Arlington. Texas Tech held the Mavericks to a 28.6 shooting average, the lowest of UTA’s season. A poor first quarter for the Mavericks was the ultimate factor that lost them the contest. After UTA took a 2-0 lead to start the game, the Red Raiders went on a 28-3 run to end the first quarter. The Maverick’s five points in the first quarter is the lowest allowed by Texas Tech this season. Guard Recee’ Caldwell is continuing her spectacular sophomore campaign by recording her 4th game of 20+ points this season. She had an exact 20 against the Mavericks. Three other Lady Raiders found themselves in double digits. Jada Terry recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. Ivonee CookTaylor scored 13. Larryn Brooks had 12 points. The Lady Raiders have had a successful Non-Conference campaign as they stayed undefeated at home heading into conference play and only recording losses against Arkansas, Texas A&M, and nationally ranked Miami.
The Lady Raiders open up Big 12 play on the road when they head down to Austin to play in-state rivals, Texas. The Longhorns are sitting on a 6-4 record, but don’t let the number of losses fool you. Each loss has come at the hands of a team ranked nationally in the top 10. Their losses to No. 10 Stanford, No. 9 Mississippi State, No 3 South Carolina, and No. 2 UConn, prove that the Longhorns are a good team as they went undefeated against unranked opponents, but are not elite yet as they went winless against the best of the best. When the Lady Raiders play the Longhorns, we might get a clearer picture of how Texas Tech’s and Texas’ seasons are going to shape up. Tipoff is December 29 at 7:00PM. On the behalf of VTM, I want to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas!