Lady Raiders Rout Cougars, Morris Scores 13

In another 30-point victory the Lady Raiders established a balanced attack.

In 2011, Texas Tech and Houston clashed in non-conference play with the Lady Raiders walking away with a 30-point blowout victory winning 88-58.

Fast forward to present day, a lot of things have changed for both programs, but when the final buzzer sounded inside the United Spirit Arena on Sunday, the Cougars looked up at the scoreboard to see yet another 30-point loss to the Lady Raiders, 86-56.

In the victory, the Lady Raiders (10-2) had a balanced attack as every single player, that was active, scored and four Tech players reached double digits. 

"What they all have to understand is that they are all going to get called upon," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said following the game. "Everybody that's on the bench has a chance to impact the game, and everybody that's on the floor that starts has a chance. So I think we know together it's going to take all of us. I was pleased with the way they all showed up and played today."

Senior Casey Morris led the way for the Lady Raiders scoring 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, while Christine Hyde, 12, Chynna Brown, 11, and Kelsi Baker, 10, joined her in the double-digit club.

It marked the eighth game out of Baker's last nine where the junior has reached double-digits in scoring.

For Houston (5-7), it was a much different story as the Cougars were only able to get one player into double-digits, Jessieka Palmer scoring 13, while their leading scorer Porsche Landry scored only eight points, all of those coming in the first half.

This performance is a lot different than the one Houston gave before the Christmas break, in a 74-61 victory against Texas State, the Cougars had three players score in double digits, with two, Alecia Smith and Landry, scoring in the 20s, 24 and 21, respectively.

Houston head coach Todd Buchanan said the kind of performance he saw from his team on Sunday was definitely not the one expected following such a solid game heading into the break.

"It's just disappointing," he said. "I just expected so much from my group. We battled through so many things, trials and tribulations over the last two weeks. To come here after getting a great win at home before Christmas, to come here and not really compete the way I wanted them to compete, really the second half, but certainly the last 15, 12 minutes."

With another non-conference slate in the books, the Lady Raiders look towards No. 14/13 Oklahoma State and the opening of Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday in Stillwater, 0klahoma.

Last season, Tech opened conference play at home with a 58-53 victory against the Cowgirls, and now looks to have the same success on the road.

Morris said they just have to keep doing what they have been doing all season and are a much more experienced team heading into conference play this time around.

"I think if we just go in and be excited like we are, I think we've been playing with good chemistry, and just building off the preseason," she said. "We have a team that's has a lot of seniors. I think we're all mature and we're ready to play and we know what it's like to go into conference. We're all excited and that's good and that's going to work to our advantage."

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