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

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.”