Down by 17 at one point in the first half, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders made a comeback to down the West Virginia Mountaineers after two overtimes by a score of 69-68.
Bre Scott and Rhyle McKinney, who both scored 13 on the night, led the way for the Lady Raiders who move their record to 17-11 on the season and 5-10 in conference play. They will next face Baylor on Saturday.
The first half was not good for the Lady Raiders who found themselves down by a score of 34-21 at the break, with turnovers and uncharacteristic rebounding trouble on the defensive end of the floor being backbreakers at that point. In addition, the Lady Raiders had trouble shooting the ball the entire game, shooting only 15% from three-point range the entirety of the game.
While the offense was an issue all night for both teams, the Lady Raider defense came out of halftime on fire, only allowing 5 points in the third quarter to allow themselves to get back into the game, only down three entering the final quarter of play.
The final quarter of play was a back-and-forth affair with the score tied at 53 going into the first overtime. Leading scorer Bre Scott fouled out just minutes into the overtime period. Free throws by Jazmaine Lewis and Bryn Gerlich were enough to force a second overtime. Rhyle McKinney took over from that point, netting all 8 of the team’s points in that period.
With only a few seconds left and down by one, the Lady Raiders had one chance to win the game. The inbound pass was tipped by two West Virginia defenders straight to McKinney who easily laid it in for the lead with three seconds left. The Lady Raider defense was held, and Texas Tech escaped with a huge win at home!