No. 25 Texas Tech 88, Houston 58

BY foxsports • November 17, 2011

Inexperienced and undersized, Houston didn't put up much of a fight against veteran Texas Tech.

Two of Houston's three seniors, Porsche Landry and Roxana Button, led the way for Houston. But with six freshmen, the Cougars couldn't keep up with the Red Raiders.

Chynna Brown had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 25 Texas Tech to an 88-58 victory Wednesday night.

Landry led Houston (0-2) with 20 points and Button scored 14 points. But the Cougars committed 24 turnovers that led to 29 points for Texas Tech.

Landry scored 37 points in Houston's season-opening 63-62 loss to New Mexico State. But she finished only 7 of 19 from the field and was held scoreless in the first half.

''I feel like we let the game get away from us early,'' Landry said. ''We had a lot of turnovers. We have to put this game behind us. We have to put all the negative behind us. That was probably the best defense we have played in practice or games.''

Kierra Mallard added 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and Casey Morris had 16 points and six rebounds for Texas Tech (2-0), which shot 43 percent and outrebounded Houston 55-41.

The Red Raiders raced to a 22-2 lead in the first eight minutes behind a balanced attack. Brown scored five points and Mallard, Shauntel Nobles and Christine Hyde each had four in the run. Texas Tech started the game shooting 9 of 17.

Houston coach Todd Buchanan said the Raiders dismantled his team in every facet of the game.

''It's very, very difficult to watch us self-destruct,'' Buchanan said. ''I thought our defense was very solid for the first six to 10 possessions. The only way they scored early, at least, was offensive rebounds, and then we fouled or they beat us down the floor in transition. . It's very difficult to know what we do in practice and not be able to demonstrate that and execute that in a game.''

Texas Tech led 15-0 before Houston got its first points on Button's layup with 14:56 remaining in the first half. The Cougars missed their first five shots and committed five turnovers in the first five minutes.

Button said she liked the Cougars' defense out of the gate said but they weren't in the flow of shooting.

''In practice, when we are getting shots in the flow, we are knocking them down,'' Button said. ''In the game, we aren't flowing, and people start taking shots that aren't in their game. They aren't going to fall.''

Houston closed the gap to 25-13 with 5:43 remaining in the first half on a free throw by Button, but the Red Raiders finished the half on a 14-3 run behind seven points by Brown. The Red Raiders led 39-16 at the half.

The Red Raiders extended the lead to 39 in the second half.

Houston, which graduated six seniors and four starters off last season's NCAA tournament team that finished 26-6 overall and went 16-0 in Conference USA, shot only 28 percent. The Cougars started their only two seniors, a junior and two freshmen.

Texas Tech dominated the undersized and inexperienced Cougars down low, with 34 points in the paint and turning 25 offensive rebounds into 25 points.

Buchanan said the one positive his team can take from the game is the playing time it gives his younger players.

''As much as we do and try to teach and go over everything in practice, the truth of it is the only way they are going to know is if they are thrown in the pond and say, `Hey swim,' " he said. ''They are in a life jacket. There isn't a boat coming to get you, so you have to swim or drown. We haven't dogpaddled yet.''

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