Fort Worth – Armed with a shot from the free-throw line and some key defensive plays, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders beat TCU 78-70 at Cholmier Arena on Saturday afternoon.
In the last three minutes of action, Texas Tech (13-3, 1-2 Big 12) used an 8-for-10 shooting and two strong defensive plays to close out a road win.
With the Lady Raiders leading 66-65, both teams were whistled for technical fouls. After TCU (6-8, 0-3 Big 12) beat the pair, Bailey Maupin He stepped to the line and calmly sank both of Tech’s attempts.
On the ensuing tech possession, forward Ella Tofaeno He connected on a layup and her team took a 70-67 lead in 2:41.
TCU fouled on the next offensive possession to tie one of the two within 70-68 with 2:20 remaining.
Tech reached the free throw line again on the next possession. Bryn Gerich Giving the Lady Raiders a 72-68 advantage, they completed a pair with 2:10 remaining.
Tofaeono contributed perhaps the most important defensive play in the ballgame when he blocked a Horned Frog layup. Post secured the rebound and at 1:55 he gave the ball back to Tech. The forward he fouled 20 seconds later, making it 1–2, and Tech extended his lead to 73–68.
After the two teams traded defensive stops, Goerlich drove a layup with 51 seconds left to give Tech a 75-68 advantage.
In the end, Tech picked up momentum and held on to a 78-70 win.
guard Blair Burr Scott Finishing as Tech’s top scorer on his 24th birthday, he scored 20 points and Görlich finished with 16.
Tomi Taiwo scored a game-high 33 points for TCU, while Lucy Ibeh scored 13 on a 5-5 perfect shot.
Ultimately, Tech’s victory on Saturday featured 20 lead changes as the game was tied 15 times. After going into the break at 31-30, Tech outscored his TCU 48-39 in the second half.