LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech junior Amber Battle scored a career-high 28 points to lead three Lady Raiders in double figures and power past Florida Atlantic, 62-48 at United Spirit Arena in day two of the World Vision Challenge.
Two Lady Raiders posted double-doubles on Saturday. Audrisa Harrison added 11 points and 18 rebounds while senior Shauntal Nobles scored 10 points and 12 rebounds. Harrison notched her first double-double as a Lady Raider while Nobles got her third – second this season.
“I thought that was the best we’ve played all year,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “I thought in the first half we played extremely well on both ends. They made some runs in the second half, which we knew they would, and we had a couple of moments where we didn’t take care of it, but thought we played together.
“Amber played a tremendous game. Every time we called her number, she made a play. She did a great job of handling pressure and Dris just boarded it and bailed us out so many times. When we needed a rebound, she came up with one.”
Tech (6-4) dominated the boards and paint, outscoring FAU 40-24 down low and outrebounding the Owls 49-38.
FAU (7-3) used it defense to create points early in the second half as Tech turned the ball over five times in the opening four minutes while the Owls jumped out to a 9-2 lead. FAU’s lead grew to eight points at 16-8 with 14:33 remaining in the opening half before Tech turned on the offense.
Battle ignited a 10-2 run to give the Lady Raiders their first lead of the night as the outscored the Owls 32-12 the rest of the half for a 12-point lead at the break. The Lady Raiders continued the same pace in the opening minutes of the second half to give Tech as much as a 21-point lead following an 11-2 run.
“I was just trying to be aggressive,” Battle said. “My teammates got me the ball at the right time and I just made shots.”
Harrison and Nobles accounted for 30 of Tech’s 49 rebounds on Saturday. Harrison matched Nobles for the most rebounds by a Lady Raiders in a game in the past five years. Nobles posted 18 rebounds against Eastern Illinois on March 15, 2012. She’s now averaging 12.7 rebounds in her last three games. Saturday was the first time the junior transfer scored a double-double at Tech. She averaged 15.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last season at Blinn College and set a school record for rebounds in a season with 387.
“I just try to get extra possessions for my team,” Harrison said. “Any way I can help make our team more successful is what I want to do. My role is rebounding and so that’s what I do.”
Tech will finish the World Vision Challenge tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Abilene Christian following the noon game between Florida Atlantic and Jacksonville.
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