Folks, The Lady Raiders are looking to steal the spotlight from the men’s basketball team. This past Wednesday, Texas Tech went on a 13-4 run in the last two minutes of the contest to regain a teetering lead. They held on to make it a 75-66 final. A high-point and low-point of this Lady Raiders team is their on and off defensive spurts that can sometimes leave them in trouble, but can also pay off in securing leads. West Virginia seemingly found a solution to Texas Tech’s physical play, and took a 10-0 lead. The combination of a Lady Raiders 13-9 run and West Virginia being held to only 6 points in the 2nd quarter granted Texas Tech to enter halftime with a 29-25 lead.
A West Virginia 21-4 run tied the contest back up to 60 a piece, but efforts from Lady Raiders Arella Guirantes, Larryn Brooks, Ivonne CookTaylor, and Recee Caldwell, all scoring in double figures, helped propel Texas Tech past West Virginia to stay undefeated at home.
Road woes have been familiar for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Yesterday, both Texas Tech squads fell to the hands of Oklahoma. Both teams were in Norman. A late start for the Lady Raiders left them short of pulling off back-to-back upsets. Larryn Brooks and Jada Terry were the only Red Raiders to score in double figures. The team returns to the United Supermarkets Arena on the 21st for a rematch against Texas. The Longhorns had previously won in Austin 67-47 on December 29th.
There is plenty of ball left to be played for the Lady Raiders. It’s been almost 4 years since they have returned to the tournament, but with this impressive run so far, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to say that the Texas Tech Women’s basketball team could return to the tourney very soon. Keep an eye out for these ladies, they are once again making a name for themselves.