By Travis Cram - Texas Tech Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech junior guard Amber Battle scored 23 points and redshirt freshman guard Ivonne CookTaylor scored 12 points and 10 rebounds but Tech could not overcome a 20-point deficit as TCU held off a late comeback en route to a 65-54 win Sunday at United Spirit Arena.
Tech (6-7, 0-2 Big 12) went on a 14-4 run to get within nine points with 2:02 to play, but TCU (10-4, 1-1) made its final four free throws and scored on all five of its final possessions to seal the win.
“I’m proud that we chose to fight,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “In a game like that I think that you can choose to fold and I didn’t think that our team did that. We definitely didn’t play as hard and execute as well as we needed to for 40 minutes. But again, proud that we chose to fight.”
The Lady Raiders went back and forth with TCU through the first 10 minutes of the game, trading leads three times while taking a 15-12 lead on a pair of free throws by CookTaylor.
Then Tech’s shooting went cold and TCU ended the final 9:30 of the first half with an 18-0 run to lead 30-15 at the break.
Tech found its rhythm once again in the second half as Battle started to take over the game. She scored eight consecutive points in a 3-minute stretch to cut TCU’s lead back to 15 after the Horned Frogs led by as many as 20.
Battle finished in double figures for the 12th time this season and fifth time with 20 points or more.
TCU never had a drought long enough for Tech to sustain a big run and held off the Lady Raiders the rest of the way.
CookTaylor finished with her first career double-double and career highs in points (12), minutes (32) and field goals made (four).
“It all started in practice,” CookTaylor said. “I’ve been working harder and it carried over into the game.”
Tech now turns its attention to No. 10 Iowa State (13-0, 2-0) for its first conference road contest of the season. The Lady Raiders and Cyclones will tip off at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum.