Lady Eagles Stumble At No. 8 Texas Tech, 53-63

LUBBOCK, Tex. (12/2/01) The North Texas women’s basketball team fell 53-63 at No. 8 Texas Tech on Sunday in front of a crowd of 13,039 in at United Spirit Arena.

The Lady Eagles record fell to 4-3 and Texas Tech improved to 3-2.  All three North Texas losses have come at the hands of a Top-25 opponent.

“The thing that I’m most disappointed in is our shooting,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “I think the difference between the two losses to Baylor and Oklahoma was we played good in those games and this afternoon we did not.”

Texas Tech took its biggest lead of the game late in the second half, pushing a 14-point halftime advantage out to a 57-40 lead with 7:35 left in the game.  The Lady Eagles could never get the Texas Tech lead under double figures in the second half, but cut the margin to 10 in the closing seconds of the game.  That was the smallest North Texas deficit since one minute was left in the first half.

The first 15 minutes of the game saw three ties and three lead changes, leaving the Lady Eagles trailing just 20-22.  However, Texas Tech went on an 18-6 run over the final five minutes of the half to take a 40-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“They did a great job this afternoon and adjusted well after making some changes in their roster,” said Slinker.  “They went to the boards extremely well tonight, but we can’t give them that many looks at the basket.”

Texas Tech gave North Texas trouble on the boards as they collected 26 offensive rebounds and scored 18 second-chance points.  North Texas couldn’t get much going offensively, suffering 13 blocked shots and shooting a season-low 25 percent from the field.  

The Lady Eagles were led offensively by Shannan Stephenson’s 11 points, but had six players score six or more points.  Texas Tech was led by Jia Perkins with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds.  Rosalyn Reades finished with a season-high 10 rebounds to lead North Texas on the boards.

North Texas remains on the road, playing at IUPU-Ft. Wayne on Dec. 6 and at Purdue on Dec. 8.



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