LUBBOCK, Texas— Highlighted by five players in double digits and perfect 7-of-7 shooting from a sophomore Rhyle McKinneythe Texas Tech Lady Raiders swept past Alabama State 91-56 Thursday night at the United Supermarkets Arena.
In the win, Texas Tech (6-1) surpassed Alabama State 55-35 in the second and third periods.
McKinney led the way for Tech, finishing with 19 points and two assists. student in the first year Bailey Maupin added 17 points and reached the 100 point mark for her Lady Raider career.
Tech’s two postal players were also successful as forwards on Thursday Jazmaine Lewis added 11 points for perfect 5-of-5 shooting while Ella Tofaeono scored 10
The Lady Raiders forced 24 turnovers at Alabama State (0-5) and turned those turnovers into 26 points. On the other hand, the Lady Raiders had 20 assists from 35 goals and only turned over the ball eight times. Six of Tech’s eight turnovers came in the first half of the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In their first game back from the Thanksgiving trip to the Las Vegas Invitational, the Lady Raiders got off to a slow start, scoring just five points in the first five minutes of the game.
The slow start left Tech 6-5 behind with just over five minutes of play in the opening stages (the only time Tech was behind on Thursday).
A 3 pointer off Bre’Amber Scott quickly gave the lead back to the Lady Raiders, sparking an 8-2 run that gave the Lady Raiders a 13-8 lead with 3:04 at halftime. Scott finished the game with 6 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
After ASU responded with a layup that put them at 13-10, back-to-back layups from Tofaeono and Guard Ashley Chevalier doubled Tech’s lead to 17-10 after 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the Lady Raiders shrugged off an early 5-2 ASU advance and scored 18 of the first 26 points.
The run gave the Lady Raiders a 35-18 lead with 2:30 to play in the first half.
ASU responded with the next seven points and 11 of the last 18 points to draw 42-29 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Lady Raiders began to retreat.
Behind McKinney’s back-to-back triples, the Lady Raiders scored the first seven points and 23 of the first 29 to open a 59-35 lead with 6:27 to play in the third. The lead increased to 30, in large part due to a 10-0 run capped with a McKinney 3-pointer.
In the final moments of the third quarter, Alabama State came up 67-43, but a 3-pointer from Maupin sparked a quick 5-0 run that allowed the Lady Raiders to go 72-72 in the fourth and final period. 45 to take the lead .
In the fourth round, Tech’s lead fell below 30 just once (84-56) before the Lady Raiders finished an easy 91-56 win.
INSIDE THE BOX RESULT:
• McKinney’s 7-of-7 shooting is her second clean game of the season. The Guardian shot 5 of 5 from the floor against Texas A&M CC.
• The seven clean field goals scored are the most by a Lady Raider since Tofaeono also won 7-of-7 against TCU (March 2) last year.
• Tech forced 22 Alabama State turnovers, the most they’ve forced in a game this season.
• The 22 forced turnovers are also the most forced among HC Krista Gerlich.
• Freshoff Winner of Freshman of Week, Jasmine Razor added 13 more points for their third straight game with at least 10 points tonight.
• Tofaeono hit double digits for the first time this season with her 10-point performance.
• After her perfect offensive night, McKinney is now shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and 57.6 percent from 3-point range.
• Her and Maupin now average 15.1 points and 15.0 points, respectively.
• McKinney’s five 3-pointers is a new career high.
• After missing just twice in her first 37 attempts, Maupin missed twice in just seven attempts tonight.
• Despite the two misses, the guard is still shooting 40-44 (90.1 percent).
• Tech came second in the country on the night in terms of free throw percentage (82.6 percent), Tech shot just 10 of 19 from the line (52.6 percent) for the game and just 2 of 8 in the first Half .
• The Lady Raiders are now shooting 46.1 percent from the ground and 44.1 percent from three. Coming into play tonight at 46.1 percent from the floor would have been good for 35th place in the country, while 44.1 percent from the 3-point range would be the best grade in the country.
COACH SPEAK (HC KRISTA GERLICH):
“They say when you come back from a tournament, especially a target tournament, you can pull your first game back a bit. I thought that’s what we looked like in the first quarter. I thought we were dragging and it was hard for us to get up and play with great energy. So we really tried to challenge them in the first half just to play with more energy, defend better, rebound better, check the ball better and attack better” All those things. As the game progressed we got into better at those things. We gave away too many points defensively in the second quarter but I thought we were better at sharing the ball. Then I thought the third.” Quarter was exactly how we wanted it to be, coming off a period where you didn’t do your best in the first half. I thought we came out in the third quarter and started offensively with some positive possession and got some stops. We pulled the press off and tried to get back to our h Alfcourt man defense and apply our rules there and I thought that our kids were really strengthened. We shared the ball really well. I thought you saw a lot of altruistic plays and a lot of extra passes, especially in the second half, which resulted in us finishing with 20 assists. That’s one of my favorite stats. I’m really proud of the girls for just coming out, playing hard and winning. We just have to get better every day.”
When I get home …
“It was great. We are very happy to be back home. It’s nice to be able to stand in front of our fans. We want to encourage them to keep coming out because we need them. We need them to help us with home advantage but I also think we have a lot of home games this month. I think it’s an opportunity for them to see how much progress our kids have made and go back to the old Lady Raider basketball when we had a lot of spectators. We need a lot of people behind us when we play Big 12.”
The Lady Raiders return to action on Sunday when UIW comes to town. The starting shot from the United Supermarkets Arena is scheduled for 2:00 p.m