LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team picked up its first win of the Krista Gerlich era on Wednesday afternoon, overwhelming UTRGV, 89-56, at United Supermarkets Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Raiders (1-0) were led by Vivian Gray who scored 24 points and added eight rebounds and three assists in her Texas Tech debut. Alexis Tucker and Lexi Gordon poured in 18 points apiece, while Chrislyn Carr posted 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman Khyla Wade-Warren recorded 10 points and six rebounds in her first collegiate game.
Texas Tech recorded 18 assists to only nine turnovers—its lowest single-game turnover total in almost two seasons. The Lady Raiders shot 50 percent (33-of-66), and held the Vaqueros to 23-of-62 shooting (37 percent).
It was a wire-to-wire victory for Texas Tech, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the game and never looked back. Gray and Tucker combined for the first 20 Lady Raider points of the game to help push the Lady Raiders out to a 26-15 lead after the opening frame.
After a slow first quarter, Gordon fired up her offense in the second quarter, scoring eight points to help Tech outscore UTRGV, 21-7, in the period. The Lady Raiders held the Vaqueros to 3-of-14 shooting in the second.
After getting to half with 15 points, Gray added another nine in the third quarter to help Texas Tech extend its lead by nine in the frame. In the fourth, the Lady Raiders were able to hold off UTRGV and finish off the 34-point victory.
WITH THE WIN, THE LADY RAIDERS…
- Move to 1-0 in the Krista Gerlich era and continue a string of seven-straight Lady Raider head coaches that have won their first game as head coach at Tech.
- Push the Lady Raiders' all-time record in home openers to 42-4 and their record in season openers to 34-12.
- Advance their record in home season openers to 21-3.
- Mark the team's third-straight win in a season opener.
- Mark the program's 16th-straight nonconference win.
- Push Tech's all-time record to 2-0 in the series against UTRGV.
- The Lady Raiders opened the season with a starting five of Chrislyn Carr, Lexi Gordon, Bryn Gerlich, Vivian Gray and Alexis Tucker. That lineup moved to 1-0 this season when deployed by Texas Tech to open a game.
- Lady Raider newcomers Vivian Gray, Naje Murray, Khyla Wade-Warren, Bryn Gerlich each appeared in their first games since coming to Texas Tech.
- Gray and Tucker got things going for the Lady Raiders, scoring the first 20 Texas Tech points of the game.
- Gray posted a 24-point outing in her first game as a Lady Raider, along with eight rebounds and three assists. Gray started hot with 11 points in the first quarter and finished with 9-of-17 shooting from the floor. It marks her 56th-straight game in double-figure scoring.
- Alexis Tucker had a strong start to her sophomore season, adding 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor along with six rebounds and four assists. Tucker is no stranger to season openers, as she's averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in her two season openers.
- In her Lady Raider debut, Bryn Gerlich recorded career highs of six rebounds and two blocks.
- Led by Gray's 24 points, the Lady Raiders' #TripleThreat combined for 57 of the Lady Raiders' 89 points. Gordon added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Carr had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
- Freshman Khyla Wade Warren scored in double digits in her collegiate debut, adding 10 points and six rebounds to the winning effort.
- The Lady Raiders held the Vaqueros to 37 percent shooting from the floor--the worst percentage for a Tech opponent since TCU in Fort Worth last January.
- Texas Tech turned the ball over only nine times--compared to 18 assists. It marks the fewest turnovers for the Lady Raiders in nearly two seasons: Jan. 26, 2019 vs. Texas.
Texas Tech will return to United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host Houston Baptist.