By: Travis Cram - Texas Tech Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will go for its second consecutive win on Wednesday when the Lady Raiders host New Mexico at 6:30 p.m., at United Spirit Arena.
Tech (1-0) won its eighth straight home opener and first under head coach Candi Whitaker on Sunday with a 70-48 win over Texas-Pan American.
The Lady Raiders outscored Texas-Pan Am 24-6 over the final 13 minutes of the first half to break away from a 12-12 tie. Tech overcame 24 turnovers by outrebounding the Lady Broncs 54-29 and outscoring them 36-14 in the paint.
“I thought we improved a lot defensively in the first half,” Whitaker said. “We showed some good signs of understanding scouting reports and carrying that over to the floor. Obviously the turnovers are glaring so we’ve got to take better care of the basketball.”
New Mexico (1-0) is an all too familiar foe for the Lady Raiders as the two teams have met annually since the 2008 season. Its take a new turn considering the fact that two of its key players were once wearing the scarlet and black – guard Antiesha Brown and center Ebony Walker.
Brown erupted for a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds in New Mexico’s opener on Saturday, leading the Lobos to a 69-65 win over Loyola Marymount. Brown was 13 of 17 from the field (76.4 percent) and also had three assists and four steals.
Tech’s Amber Battle had an equally impressive career night on Sunday with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists and three blocks. Battle beat her previous career-high from last year’s contest at New Mexico where she started her first career game and had 12 points.
“I always get excited for the New Mexico game just because it’s a hometown game,” Battle said. “I’m excited to see what they have to bring and I’m excited to see our team go out and execute.”
The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and can bee seen through the live stream at www.texastech.tv. Fans in Lubbock can also listen to the game on 97.3 FM.