Lady Raiders pass Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. – Bolstered by strong early performances from freshman Bailey Maupin and junior mail player Jazmaine Lewisthe Texas Tech Lady Raiders drove from the CAJUN Dome through the University of Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, 64-48.

In the win, Maupin led the way for Texas Tech (3-1) and scored 13 points on an efficient 3-of-5 shooting. With her 13-point performance, Maupin has now reached double digits in the first four games of her Lady Raider career.

Other strong performances included 12 points and five rebounds from Lewis and 10 points and two steals from Lewis Rhyle McKinney.

Now, like Maupin, McKinney has scored double-digit goals in all four games this season.

The duo were two of seven players selected for the WNIT All-Tournament team after averaging 17.7 points (McKinney) and 15 points (Maupin) respectively over the three games.

With the win, the Lady Raiders share the preseason WNIT team title with the University of Colorado and Jackson State. Colorado’s Quay Miller was named Most Valuable Player.

For the game, Tech shot 24 of 39 from the field (61.5 percent) and 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) of three.

At the defensive end of the floor, the Lady Raiders held Louisiana on just 15 of 60 shots (25 percent) and 5 of 23 shots. In the first half, the suffocating tech defense held Louisiana on a 1-of-11 shooting from behind the arc and just 4-to-29 (13.8 percent) from the field.

Nubia Benedith came off the bench on Sunday and led all scorers with 16 points while guard Lanay Wheaton added 11 for the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-4).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Sunday’s game got off to a slow start as neither team managed to break the ice in the first three minutes.


After Louisiana struck first with a free throw three minutes and a second into the contest, Lewis gave the Lady Raiders a 2-1 lead at 5:45 to play in the first quarter.


The basket was the first of six consecutive points the forward would score for the Lady Raiders.


After Wheaton cut Tech’s 6-3 lead to just 6-5 with 1:41 into the quarter, Tech used a jumper from Gerlich and three free throws late in the quarter to take an 11-5 lead after 10 minutes achieve .


The five points allowed are the fewest the Lady Raiders have allowed in an opening quarter this season, and it’s the second time a team hasn’t scored more than five points in one period.


Texas A&M Corpus Christi only managed three points in the second quarter on November 7th.


Louisiana capitalized on a Wheaton triple to spark a 4-0 sprint that reduced Lady Raider’s six-point lead to just 11-9, 90 seconds into quarter number two.


As the momentum began to turn, Maupin reached the free throw line and made a pair.


The two shots sparked a 16-0 run that took Tech’s advantage to a 27-9 first half with 22 first-half ticks to play.


A final layup right before the buzzer from Wheaton cut the Tech lead to 27-11 at the break. Wheaton’s layup earned her team a 0v14 stretch.


After the break, the Lady Raiders continued to thrive as an and-one from the guard Bre’Amber Scott completed an 8-2 run that took the Tech advantage to 35-16 with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter.


Trying to get back into the game, Louisiana scored 15 of the last 24 points of the third quarter to go into a 44-31 tie after 30 minutes.


In the fourth and final quarter, the Lady Raiders shrugged off an early free throw to start a 9-0 run highlighted by back-to-back threes from Scott and McKinney. The run extended a 44-32 Tech lead to 53-32 with 6:14 left.


Louisiana made one last big attack to move 2:18 to 57-43, but five quick points from redshirt rookie Jasmaine Shavers shifted the momentum back to the Lady Raiders, who drove to a 64-48 win.


After Louisiana shot 8-of-16 off the field in the third period, the Lady Raiders retreated defensively and held the Cajuns to just 3-of-15 shots overall and 0-for-6 shots in the final period Distance.


IN THE BOX RESULT:
• With today’s win, the Lady Raiders share the overall team title with Colorado and Jackson State. All three teams went 2-1 throughout the event.
• In her first career start, Maupin reached double digits for the fourth straight year. She is the first Lady Raider since Vivian Gray to score double digits in her first four games as a Lady Raider.
• Maupin averages 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
• The guard shoots 41.2 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from behind the arc, and an impressive 22 of 24 (91.7 percent) from the line.
• The West Texas product has caught at least four free throws in all four games this season.
• Tech’s 61.5 percent shot from the ground is the best field goal percentage since XXXXX
• McKinney has continued to be both productive and efficient this season. The Argyle product is now 26/43 (60.5 percent from the field) and an impressive 9/19 (47.4 percent) from distance.
• Their season average is a consistent 16.0 points per game in the first four games of the season.
• Victory improves Tech to 12-2 under Gerlich in November.
• Scott continues to be a crucial factor for the Lady Raiders. The guard scored nine points, grabbed five boards and was a combined +24 in his 21 minutes and 35 seconds.
• Lewis continues to shine at the offensive end of the floor for the Lady Raiders.
• After only five double figures in her 68-game UH career, the Kansas City native has 10-plus points in three of her first four games as a Lady Raider.
• With tonight’s win, Tech head coach Krista Gerlich improves to 11-5 all-time against Louisiana.
• All 12 Lady Raiders who were fit on Sunday played at least five minutes into the game.
• After back-to-back games with 10 or more offensive boards, the Lady Raiders had just one of 15 misses on Sunday. The lone offensive rebound came from Lewis in the fourth period.
• Shavers’ five points is a career high.
• The Mississippi transfere also scored her first three-pointer of her career on Sunday.


COACH SPEAK (HC KRISTA GERLICH):
For defensive performance:
“In the first half our defensive performance was outstanding. Hopefully we can learn from what happened in the second half and make some corrections. We gave Louisiana too many light looks at the basket in the second half, we fouled them too many times and flipped it over way too much.”


On Maupin and Lewis’ performance:
“Both kids did a great job coming in and getting some buckets to get us going. Bailey shoots the ball well and she was really aggressive when she dribbled. She has good energy and jumps towards her, which gives us a boost. And then Jazmaine [Lewis] is that inner presence that we need. She lands around the hoop and shoots a really high percentage from both the field and the free throw line. She causes people to focus on her below, which opens up our guards a bit, especially on the fringes when they need to help.


NEXT:
The Lady Raiders are traveling to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving where they will take part in the Las Vegas Shootout. Tech will play two games in Sin City against two preseason conference favorites in Middle Tennessee (Friday) and Mercer (Saturday). Tech’s contest with the Blue Raiders ends Friday at 1pm CT while Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 10pm CT.

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