BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Texas Tech junior guard Audrisa Harrison scored a career-high 11 points in her third start of the season but the Lady Raiders could not overcome 21 turnovers as Rutgers pulled away with a 61-52 win Saturday at the Barclays Center Women’s Invitational.
“I thought we responded well with our defensive transition after yesterday,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “We did a nice job in the second half with our zone and trying to keep them out of the paint and keep them off of the glass, but with 21 turnovers and them scoring on those and capitalizing – you just can’t do that against a good team like that.”
Freshman guard Jasmine Caston finished with 11 points, scoring in double digits for the second straight game after a career-high 15 in Friday and was 3-for-3 behind the arc.
“Really proud of Audrisa,” Whitaker said. “She played well against Michigan and then came in and showed she should be playing more and played well again tonight … Jas shot it well, I thought, in both games. She got her opportunities and she’s not scared to take shots and score and we need her to continue to grow as a young guard.”
Tech (3-3) could not close the gap in the second half after trailing by as many as 14 in the first 20 minutes.
The Lady Raiders struggled from the floor midway through the first half, hitting only two field goals in the final seven minutes of the half, which allowed Rutgers (5-2) to pull out to a 36-25 lead at the break.
But Tech found a groove to start the second half as junior Amber Battle hit her second 3-pointer of the night to pull Tech within six points with 15:46 to go. The Scarlet Knights once again answered back with an 8-2 run to get back out in front by 12 midway through the second half and held off Tech’s late bid in the closing minutes to come out with the win.
Battle finished in single digits in points for the first time this season with eight points but had 11 rebounds – the third game this season she has finished with 10 rebounds or more.
Tech will head back to Lubbock to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5) at 7 p.m., Wednesday at United Spirit Arena.
“We’ve got to execute better and know what we are doing against man, zone defenses,” Whitaker said. “But I thought we got better in some areas and that’s what we are trying to do every day.”