For some current players and staff, The Lady Raiders traveled a short distance to familiar territory, West Texas A&M. It was almost like a homecoming for some on both teams.
The Lady Raiders (6-2) faced off against the UNLV Lady Rebels (6-2). Texas Tech was coming off a recent loss and UNLV was coming off a win. The Lady Raiders won out in the end.
Vivian Gray is one of the most competitive players for the Lady Raiders.
Many players saw action on the court and scored many points. Gray and Lexy Hightower were two of the players we saw quick action from at the start of the game.
Ella Tofaeono gave the Lady Raiders a 19-9 lead and scored 13 points, two rebounds, and two assists in 19 minutes of play.
Before the end of the first half, Taylah Thomas knocked down a three and ended the night just shy of another double-double. Bryn Gerlich also had her own three pushing the Lady Raider lead to 31-22.
By halftime, Texas Tech led 37-27.
The second half wasn’t much different. The Lady Raiders led, but UNLV always responded, making it a hard-fought battle.
After a few back-and-forths missed possessions, UNLV’s Kiara Jackson closed the leading gap for the Lady Raiders with a jump shot, making it a two-point game.
Vivian Gray, who had her season-high of 23 points, responded with a quick jumper, pushing the lead 65-61, with only 34 seconds left of gameplay.
Tatum Veitenheimer and Gray finished the game with a few more free throws, finalizing a 68-61 Lady Raider victory.
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are now 7-2 as they get ready to face off in two SEC battles. The first game will be against Ole Miss on Monday, December 20th at 11:15 A.M. CT.