Texas Tech (3-1) opens Friday’s 10-team event with a clash with Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. CT. The Lady Raiders conclude the two-day event at 10:00 PM (CT) with a matchup against Mercer.
WITHIN THE MATCHUPS:
Texas Tech (3-1) vs Middle Tennessee (2-1)
POSITION: Las Vegas, Nevada (The Mirage Hotel)
TIME: 1 p.m. (CT)
Bolstered by strong early performances from freshman Bailey Maupin and junior mail player Jazmaine Lewisthe Texas Tech Lady Raiders drove from the CAJUN Dome through the University of Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, 64-48.
In the win, Maupin led the way for Texas Tech (3-1) and scored 13 points on an efficient 3-of-5 shooting. With her 13-point performance, Maupin has now reached double digits in the first four games of her Lady Raider career.
Other strong performances included 12 points and five rebounds from Lewis and 10 points and two steals from Lewis Rhyle McKinney.
Now, like Maupin, McKinney has scored double-digit goals in all four games this season.
The duo were two of seven players selected for the WNIT All-Tournament team after averaging 17.7 points (McKinney) and 15 points (Maupin) respectively over the three games.
With the win, the Lady Raiders share the preseason WNIT team title with the University of Colorado and Jackson State. Colorado’s Quay Miller was named Most Valuable Player.
For the game, Tech shot 24 of 39 from the field (61.5 percent) and 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) of three.
At the defensive end of the floor, the Lady Raiders held Louisiana on just 15 of 60 shots (25 percent) and 5 of 23 shots. In the first half, the suffocating tech defense held Louisiana on a 1-of-11 shooting from behind the arc and just 4-to-29 (13.8 percent) from the field.
• The Lady Raiders conceded just five points in the opening quarter and just 11 points overall against Louisiana on Sunday. The 11 points allowed in the first half are the lowest in a first half for the Lady Raiders since 2010 against American. The Lady Raiders have now conceded under 50 points in two of their first three games.
THE BEST IN THE BIG 12:
• Freshman Bailey Mapuin continues to cement himself as one of the best freshmen in the Big 12 Conference. After scoring in double digits in all three games last week, including a 20-point performance against Colorado, Maupin was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week. Maupin became only the fourth true Lady Raider rookie since the 2000-01 season to open her career with four straight games with at least 10+ points. The list includes former Big 12 Freshman of the Year and current assistant coach Plenette PiersonJia Perkins and Arella Guirantes
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
• Second degree Rhyle McKinney and Bailey Maupin were selected to the Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team. McKinney averaged 17.7 shooting efficiency points out of 21 of 38 (55.3 percent). McKinney posted a career-high 22 points against Colorado (Nov. 16) after scoring 21 points against Jackson State. Maupin averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds last week, recording her first 20-point performance of her career against Colorado.
NICE TO HAVE YOU WITH US
• West Texas product Bailey Maupin was nothing short of outstanding at the offensive end of the floor during her brief Lady Raider career. Maupin has reached double digits in all four games this season. Maupin was named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team and was voted last week’s Big 12 Freshman of the Week for averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. For the season, Maupin averages 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds. Maupin shoots 41.2 percent from the floor, 46.2 percent from 3, and 91.7 percent from the line.
EXTRA FIVE? SURE, WHY NOT
• Head Coach Krista Gerlich is a perfect 4-0 as Lady Raider’s head coach when a game goes into overtime. Wednesday’s overtime win over Colorado extended an 11-game winning streak for Gerlich in overtime games.
BIG JAZZ = BIG IMPACT
• Jazmaine “Big Jazz” Lewis has impressed in all three Lady Raider wins this season. After scoring a career-best 15 points and 7 rebounds in the Lady Raiders’ 69-49 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Lewis scored 11 points in a perfect 5-of-5 shooting against Colorado. She also grabbed six rebounds in Lewis’ 18 minutes. Against Louisiana, Lewis scored 12 points in just 18 minutes and grabbed five rebounds. The Lady Raiders are 3-0 this season as they break into double figures in a contest.
• In the win over Colorado, Lewis scored five massive points in game four that helped send the game into overtime. In the extra session, Lewis hit double digits with a baby hook shot with 31 seconds to go. The shot not only gave the Lady Raiders an 86-85 victory, it also turned out to be the overall winner of the game.
The Lady Raiders return to the United Supermarkets Arena on December 1st to take on Alabama State. The game opens an eight-game homestand for the Lady Raiders and the first of three games in six days.