Lady Raiders go to Vegas for Las Vegas Invite

LAS VEGAS – The Texas Tech Lady Raiders head to beautiful Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Invitational hosted by Sports Tours International and the Mirage Hotel.

Texas Tech (3-1) opens the 10-team event on Friday with a clash with Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. (CT). The Lady Raiders close out the two-day event with a game against Mercer at 10 p.m. (CT).

WITHIN THE MATCHES:

GAME ONE:
CONTEST:

Texas Tech (3-1) vs. Middle Tennessee (2-1)
PLACE: Las Vegas, Nevada (The Mirage Hotel)
TIME: 1:00 PM (CT)
TV: Flo Sports

LAST TIME OUT:

Buoyed by strong early performances from freshmen Bailey Maupin and junior post player Jazmaine Lewisthe Texas Tech Lady Raiders cruise past the University of Louisiana, 64-48, Sunday afternoon from the CAJUN Dome.

In the win, Maupin led the way for Texas Tech (3-1), scoring 13 points on 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 Rhyle McKinney.

Like Maupin, McKinney has now scored in double figures in all four games this season.

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

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

Before the game, Tech shot a blistering 24-for-39 from the field (61.5 percent) and 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) from three.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Lady Raiders held Louisiana to only 15 of 60 shootings (25 percent) and 5 of 23 shootings. In the first half, the stifling Tech defense held Louisiana to 1-for-11 shooting from behind the arc and just 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) from the field.

STORYLINES:
DEFENSE TRAVEL

• The Lady Raiders allowed only five points in the first quarter and only 11 total points on Sunday against Louisiana. The 11 points allowed in the first half are the fewest in a first half by the Lady Raiders since 2010 vs. American. The Lady Raiders have now allowed less than 50 points in two of their first three games.

BEST IN THE BIG 12:
Freshman Bailey Mapuin continues to cement himself as one of the top freshmen in the Big 12 Conference. After scoring in double digits all three games last week, including a 20-point performance against Colorado, Maupin was selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Week. Maupin became only the fourth true Lady Raider freshman since the 2000–01 season to open her career with four straight games with at least 10+ points. The list includes former Big 12 Freshman of the Year and current assistant coach Plenette PiersonJia Perkins and Arella Guirantes



ALL TEAM TEAM
• Sophomore Rhyle McKinney and Bailey Maupin were selected to the Preseason WNIT All-Tournament team. McKinney averaged 17.7 points on efficient 21-of-38 (55.3 percent) shots. McKinney scored a career-high 22 points against Colorado (November 16) after scoring 21 points against Jackson State. Maupin averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds last week, recording her first career 20-point performance against Colorado.

GLAD YOU’RE WITH US

• West Texas product Bailey Maupin was nothing short of excellent on the offensive end of the room during her brief Lady Raider career. Maupin reached double digits in all four games this season. Named to the WNIT All-Tournament team, Maupin was selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Week last week after averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. For the season, Maupin averages 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds. Maupin shoots 41.2 percent from the floor, 46.2 percent from 3, and 91.7 percent from the line.

EXTRA FIVE? OF COURSE WHY NOT

• Head coach Krista Gerlich is a perfect 4-0 as Lady Raider’s head coach when a game goes an extra session. Wednesday’s overtime victory over Colorado extended an 11-game winning streak for Gerlich in overtime games.

BIG JAZZ = BIG IMPACT
• Jazmaine “Big Jazz” Lewis has made a huge impact in all three Lady Raider wins this season. After scoring a career-best 15 points and 7 rebounds in the Lady Raiders 69-49 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Lewis scored 11 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting against Colorado. In Lewis’ 18 minutes, she also grabbed six rebounds. Against Louisiana, Lewis scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in just 18 minutes of action. The Lady Raiders are 3-0 this season if she hits double digits in a game.
• In the victory over Colorado, Lewis scored a massive five runs in the fourth to go into extra innings. In the extra session, Lewis got into double digits on a baby hook shot with 31 seconds left. The shot not only gave the Lady Raiders an 86-85 victory, it also proved to be the overall game winner.



NEXT ONE:
The Lady Raiders return to United Supermarkets Arena for a December 1 game against Alabama State. The game opens an eight-game homestand for the Lady Raiders and the first of three games in six days.


Leave a Comment