11/20/2022 | 4 p.m.
Nov. 20 (Solar) / 4 p.m.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Woman Raider Nation, it was well worth the wait.
Within the first matchup between former Huge 12 foes in 4,295 days, the Texas Tech Woman Raiders downed the College of Colorado, 86-85 in extra time Wednesday night time at United Supermarkets Area in a virtually three hour thriller.
The sport was the second of three video games that Texas Tech (2-1) will play within the 2022 Preseason WNIT Match, and featured 13 lead adjustments and 15 ties. Within the victory, Texas Tech (2-1) made 36-of-41 from the road, tying the college report without cost throws made in a contest.
On head coach Krista Gerlich’s birthday, her complete roster delivered fairly the birthday current, securing the fifth-consecutive total victory within the all-time collection towards Colorado (3-1).
The win avenged final night time’s 69-63 nailbiter towards Jackson State, and opened the door for the Woman Raiders to share the Preseason WNIT Workforce title with a win Sunday at Louisiana.
Down by as many 16 factors early, the Woman Raiders used a 18-2 run that encompassed the latter a part of the second interval and the early a part of the third, to attract to inside 41-all with 7:30 to play within the third.
The run began with a deft teaching determination from the Woman Raider employees; a swap from man-to-man protection to an aggressive two-three zone.
Gerlich’s aforementioned determination, stagnated the potent Buffaloes offense, holding the NCAA Match participant from a yr in the past to only three shot makes an attempt (all 3-pointers) over the ultimate 2:55 of the primary half.
Colorado turned the ball over 3 times in that span, permitting the Woman Raiders to make the cost beforehand talked about.
Bailey Maupin started the run with a clutch nook pocket triple. The shot slashed the game-high Buffs lead from 39-23 to 39-26.
Maupin ended with 20 factors on the night time, capturing an ideal 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. The Gruver product additionally completed a powerful 4-of-6 from distance in her first 20-point efficiency she is going to flip in for her hometown college.
After projected first spherical WNBA decide Quay Miller picked off a nasty go and went coast-to-coast for a layup that gave Colorado its last 15-point lead of the night time at 41-26, Tech went to work on each ends of the ground.
A Bryn Gerlich drive resulted in two free throws that lower the Buffs result in 41-28 with 2:55 to play. Two possessions later, the lead was almost right down to single digits, as Rhyle McKinney related on a mid-range jumper to carry the Woman Raiders to inside 41-30.
For the second consecutive night time, McKinney led the best way for her aspect, dropping a career-best 22 factors in 36 minutes and 11 seconds of motion.
4 straight free-throws to shut the interval from senior guard Bre’Amber Scott trimmed the as soon as 16-point deficit to a way more manageable, 41-34 on the break.
Making her season debut after lacking the house opener resulting from a private pause, Scott was merely phenomenal, dropping 14 factors in 21 minutes of motion. The guard was a team-best +16 and went a powerful 11-of-14 from the road.
The momentum from the tip of the primary half continued in half quantity two, as Ella Tofaeono related on a second-chance layup that introduced the house aspect to inside 41-36.
After a three-second violation on the Buffaloes, McKinney nailed a essential triple that introduced Tech to inside a pair (41-39).
With United Supermarkets Area rocking, Scott took a cost on Arizona switch Aaronette Vonleh that gave her aspect the possibility to both tie or take the lead.
On the following, Tech possession, the youthful Gerlich did simply that, hitting a clutch layup that tied the sport at 41-all.
The impasse was the primary time Tech didn’t path within the basketball recreation for the reason that 7:15 mark of the primary quarter.
After a pair of free throws gave Colorado a slim 46-44 benefit with 6:09 left within the third, a vital triple from Maupin gave her aspect its first lead for the reason that 4:24 mark of the primary interval.
Tech’s lead grew to 51-48 with 3:41 to play and stood on the similar margin (three) 30 ticks later, however the veteran Buffs closed with 9 of the ultimate 16 to get pleasure from a 62-58 lead after half-hour.
The third quarter featured 45 mixed factors, 24 of which got here from the house aspect.
Within the fourth, Colorado answered a pair of Lana Wenger free throw with a layup, to take a 64-60 lead with 9:19 to play.
A McKinney and-one sparked a fast 6-0 run that gave the Woman Raiders a 66-64 benefit with precisely six minutes to play.
Over the following three minutes and 13 seconds of motion, the groups continued to commerce haymakers, because the lead modified palms 4 instances.
With the scored deadlocked at 73, Colorado made its transfer, scoring the following 4 and 6 of eight to steer by two possessions with 1:30 left in regulation.
Enter Jazmaine Lewis.
The Houston switch continued to flash indicators of what she will present, hitting a clutch jumper with 63 seconds remaining that lower the Colorado lead in half (79-77).
After a 30-second timeout from the Buffaloes, Texas switch Ashley Chevalier made her most essential play of her transient Woman Raider profession.
The California native stepped in entrance of Frida Formann to attract an offensive foul.
With possession of the basketball down by two, Lewis earned a visit to the road, the place she calmly rebounded from a missed free throw to nail the second try.
Needing to increase the sport, Tech fouled Jaylyn Sherrod.
The Preseason All-Pac 12 choice missed the entrance finish of the free throws, earlier than rattling dwelling the second.
Together with her crew down simply two with 16 seconds to play, coach Gerlich went calmly grabbed the whiteboard and marker to attract up an offensive set to search out the elusive two factors.
After her mother’s timeout, Gerlich discovered Tatum Veitenheimer who dribbled on the baseline. Knifing via site visitors, the senior discovered her fellow Texan, McKinney, who was shoved out of bounds by Sherrod.
Needing to hit each to tie the sport at 80, the profession 83.6 p.c shooter nailed each makes an attempt, to the sport at 80 with 13 seconds to play.
Colorado burned its last timeout to advance the ball and attempt to discover the sport winner.
On the following possession from the guests, Scott cleanly rejected a triple from Jada Wynn to ship the ballgame to an additional interval.
In extra time, Colorado scored the primary three factors to take an 83-80 benefit with 2:54 to play.
On the following Tech possession, Scott turned the ball over looking for a chopping Gerlich.
Tayanna Jones picked off the previous and darted down the ground in transition.
With the chance to offer her aspect a two-possession lead for the primary time within the further session, Jones was chased down from behind by Maupin.
The 2021-22 Miss Texas Basketball part cleanly stripped Jones of the basketball.
Extra importantly for the Woman Raiders, Maupin discovered a solution to redirect the ball off Jones’ left leg and out of bounds.
The turnover awarded possession again to Tech.
On the corresponding possession, McKinney nailed a jumper that lower margin to 83-82.
With the basket, McKinney recorded her twenty first and twenty second factors, shattering her earlier profession finest mark of 21.
After back-to-back empty possession, Colorado had the ball up by a degree with 90 seconds to play. Trying to pull forward by a minimum of three factors, the Buffs discovered Miller, who missed from level clean vary.
Veitenheimer corralled the rebound and pushed it forward to Maupin, who was fouled. Trying to give her aspect the lead for the primary time within the further session, Maupin nailed her final of eight free throws makes an attempt on the night time to offer the Woman Raiders a slim 84-83 lead with 1:10 to play.
On a very powerful defensive possession of the night time, Lewis blocked a layup.
The unfastened ball someway discovered the arms of Miller, who was fouled. The post-player rattled dwelling each to offer CU its last lead of the night time, 85-84, with simply 50 ticks to play.
Needing to reply, McKinney discovered Lewis, who spun off her defender and nailed an exquisite hook shot that fell to the underside of the online. The shot from 4 ft away, gave the Woman Raiders an 86-85 benefit.
Lewis’ make was the fifth and last area objective she made on the night time. She ended the competition with 11 factors on good 5-of-5 capturing from the ground. She added 5 large rebounds and a block in her 19 minutes and 18 seconds of motion.
Following Colorado’s lone timeout of the extra time session, Lewis made yet one more large play, this time on the defensive finish. The Kansas Metropolis native impeded a wide-open driving lane for Colorado’s Tameiya Sadler.
Lewis’ presence compelled Sadler to overlook the layup, however someway, the ball fell again into the palms of Sadler with 15 seconds to go.
Needing a cease to safe the victory, Tech dug deep, as Lewis walled up completely on yet one more Sadler drive. The guard missed her second layup in as many possessions with simply over a second to play.
Not like the primary try, Lewis cleaned up the miss, securing the Woman Raiders second victory of the season and first of the WNIT.
Ultimately, the Woman Raiders held Colorado with out a area objective for the ultimate 3:29 of extra time and to only 1-of-7 capturing within the interval.
After permitting CU to shoot 11-of-15 from the ground within the opening quarter, Tech allowed simply 16 area targets within the last 35 minutes, because the Buffs shot a way more manageable 16-of-42 (38.1 p.c) over that span.
COACH SPEAK (HC KRISTA GERLICH):
“I’m so happy with these youngsters. I informed them earlier than the sport that individuals can say loads issues about us, however they don’t seem to be going to inform us we’re not robust sufficient. That’s certainly one of my largest pet peeves as a coach. Our crew places all of it on the road, and so they confirmed their toughness tonight. I additionally need to thank the followers who got here out and ask them to proceed come and consider in these women, as a result of they combat every single day. The folks outdoors of our program have no idea, the adversity we undergo. There are 14 younger women on our squad, and quite a lot of issues occur. I’m so happy with all of them for overcoming adversity tonight and figuring it out. Even after final night time’s loss, which was clearly a disappointment for us, these youngsters awakened this morning and got here to shoot round with an incredible focus and willpower. They targeted on our recreation plan and executed it nicely. We labored on a protection for about 20 minutes that we had not run earlier than. It was the distinction within the second half. I’m simply actually happy with them and the way arduous they executed and the way arduous they performed. This can be a freshman [Maupin], and this one a sophomore [McKinney] up right here tonight, which is fairly good for our future.”
On the resolve of her crew:
“With such a brief turnaround and the offense that Colorado runs, I assumed it was extremely tough to arrange for them and simulate their type in apply. Because of this, it takes you some time to regulate. Within the first quarter, I did not suppose our children have been enjoying poorly or weren’t enjoying arduous, I simply felt like we would have liked to get used to their offense. With Kat’s [Ferrell] harm our lineups are a bit bit inconsistent and we’re attempting to work on matchups. So it is taking us a minute to search out the correct lineup and matchups. However I assumed our children settled down and we did not panic. I by no means noticed us panic or duck our heads tonight. We stored combating, attacking and discovering a solution to get simple buckets. Defensively we would have liked to settle in and get some stops.”
On beating a veteran Colorado crew that made the NCAA Match final season:
“Tonight is a step towards us reaching our objective of constructing the NCAA Match. We need to play within the put up season. Taking part in towards a high quality opponent like Colorado is likely one of the the explanation why agreed to play on this event, as a result of we knew it might function three actually good groups. To get Colorado to come back to Lubbock was nice as nicely. We simply want these alternatives to play towards people who have performed the place we need to play. For us to have success towards them, will assist us down the road. Notably, within the Huge 12. We’re going to be in some actually robust ball video games with some actually massive groups. Colorado is a giant basketball crew. They’ve quite a lot of very nice items and so they do an incredible job with them. They’re going to win quite a lot of basketball video games. So, I’m actually happy with the tenacity that we performed with and the toughness. That may be a massive win for us.”
On bouncing again from final night time’s loss:
“All of us simply stored pondering the loss yesterday, it damage fairly dangerous and we have been all disenchanted in ourselves. So going into this recreation we bought off to a sluggish begin; nevertheless, we by no means gave up. This crew is simply tremendous assured in one another. It does not matter who’s on the ground, we’re prepared for anyone to attain or to get stops. No matter we have to do to win. We have been so targeted tonight and locked in from the very starting. We by no means felt like we have been going to lose the sport.”
On staying calm throughout stress moments:
“On the finish of the day, it is simply basketball. All of us have been enjoying basketball since we have been very younger. On the finish of the sport, I wasn’t even wanting on the scoreboard. We apply free throws every single day. So it was only a matter of stepping as much as the road and discovering a solution to knock to down. Jazz [Lewis] went up there and had an enormous rebound that put us able to get to extra time. It is only a matter of us going up there and doing our job.”
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:
• The Woman Raiders depth was on full show as soon as once more Wednesday, because the bench managed so as to add 36 factors. Tech outscored Colorado’s bench 36-15.
• After managing simply 5 video games with a minimum of 10 factors at Houston, Lewis has now reached double figures twice as a Woman Raider.
• The Woman Raiders as a crew have been an astounding 36-of-41 from the road tonight. The 34 made free throws tie the college report set again in 2010 towards Houston.
• Seven totally different Woman Raiders tried a free throw tonight.
• Each Gerlich and Maupin have been an ideal 8-of-8 from the stripe.
• Tech’s starters have been 24-of-27 from the road this night.
• The Woman Raiders led for simply 4 minutes and two seconds tonight.
• Gerlich and Maupin have been simply two consecutive makes shy of tying this system report for consecutive makes in a recreation with out a miss.
• Gerlich’s eight made free throws are a brand new profession excessive.
• McKinney continues to shine in her second yr at Tech. The SMU switch is averaging 18 factors per recreation and has made 22-of-35 from the ground.
• The guard is capturing 7-of-14 from behind the arc as nicely.
• Recognized for her potential to attain, Maupin has elevated her output in all three video games throughout her true freshman season. Her 20 level efficiency introduced her season whole to 14.3.
• After capturing simply 35-of-73 from the road in her profession earlier than transferring to Tech, Lewis is now 7-of-10 from the road.
• The middle can be 13-of-17 from the sector after capturing 5-of-5 tonight.
• Scott performed in a her first recreation since Feb. 9 towards Texas. She missed the ultimate eight video games of the 2021-22 season.
• Gerlich improves to 11-2 all-time in November as the pinnacle coach of the Woman Raiders.
The Woman Raiders hit the street for the primary time in 2022-23 on Sunday, once they journey to Lafayette to tackle Louisiana. Tip-off from the CAJUN Dome is about for 4 p.m. Followers can watch the sport on ESPN+ or hearken to the sport on the Texas Tech Sports activities Community.