No. 25 Texas Tech 88, Houston 58
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
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.”