Colorado Falls To Lady Raiders 76-56
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sophomore Jackie McFarland's team-high 22 points were not enough as Colorado fell to Texas Tech 76-56 Saturday night at the United Spirit Arena.
The Buffaloes, playing on the road for the first time in 10 days, stayed with Tech for the first 12:58 of the game. Hannah Skildum hit her second 3-pointer of the season with 7:02 remaining in the first half to tie the score at 18.
However, the game got away from Colorado in the final seven minutes of the half. McFarland accounted for the only basket -- a layup with :25 left in the half -- in a 16-2 run by the Lady Raiders to end the period. During the run Texas Tech (12-0, 7-4) was 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. In comparison, CU was just 1-of-8 during the same stretch and had three turnovers.
Texas Tech's LaToya Davis had a big night for the Lady Raiders scoring 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds. Center Erin Myrick had 12 points and nine rebounds. Texas Tech, coming off two-straight games of scoring just 48 points, hit 50 percent from the field and 89 percent from the line to reach the 70-point mark for just the second time in its last 11 games.
McFarland hit 9-of-15 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, but was held to a season-low three rebounds. Senior guard Whitney Law had nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Caley Dow had seven points -- all in the second half -- and five rebounds. Saturday's game was the first time this season the Buffaloes had only one player score in double digits.
In the second half Texas Tech increased its lead to 20, 51-31, with 12:17 remaining when Colorado started to make a run.
The Buffaloes connected on five straight field goals and 6-of-8 overall to spark a 14-6 run to get within 12 points at 57-45. Texas Tech responded with a 10-0 run of its own to put the game out of reach. Lady Raiders guard Erin Grant scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half to help Texas Tech hold off the Buffs charge.
After a quick turnaround Colorado will be back on the hard court Monday when they host the Northern Colorado Bears at the Coors Events Center in a 7 p.m. tip off. It will be just the 14th match up between the two Centennial State schools and second since 1985.