Women’s Basketball: Texas Tech handles slow-starting Southeastern, 67-45

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Texas Tech, 67-45

LUBBOCK, Texas – A 26-8 first-quarter deficit was too much for the Southeastern Louisiana University women’s basketball team to overcome in a 67-45 nonconfernce loss to Texas Tech Thursday night in United Supermarkets Arena.

The Lady Lions (0-2) were able to shake off the slow start, outscoring Texas Tech (1-0), 24-22, over the second and third quarters. SLU could get no closer than 14, however, as the Red Raiders limited Southeastern to 29.3 percent (17-for-58) shooting and outrebounded the visitors, 46-28.

In just her second collegiate game, Taylor Bell came off the bench to lead the Lady Lions. The Shreveport, Louisiana native finished with a team-high nine points, three blocked shots and two steals, while also tying Natalie Kelly for the team lead with five rebounds.

Alexius Horne and Morgan Carrier added seven points apiece for Southeastern. Cierria Cunningham chipped in with six points, while dishing out a pair of assists.

Ella Tofaeono led Texas Tech with 18 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Taylah Thomas did notch a double-double for the home team, finishing with 15 points and 10 boards.

Rhyle McKinney and Lexy Hightower added 15 and 10 points, respectively, to give the Red Raiders a quartet of double-digit scorers. TTU’s Bryn Gerlich doled out a game-high five assists.

The first quarter was all Red Raiders, as the Lady Lions got out of the blocks slowly. SLU made just 1-of-11 of its field goal attempts, while Texas Tech shot 78.6 percent (11-for-14) from the floor to build an 18-point advantage heading into the second quarter.

After giving up 11 made field goals in the opening quarter, Southeastern limited TTU to 10 field goals over the final three quarters. However, SLU could never get going offensively, as the Lady Lions managed just two three-point field goals and were outscored at the free throw line, 21-9.

SLU will open its home schedule next Monday, hosting LSU Shreveport at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The game will be televised on ESPN+.

Bell and Jade Brumfield will be Monday’s Spotlight Players of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive trading cards featuring the Lady Lion freshmen, courtesy of PRIDE.

Southeastern (0-2)
Carrier 1-4 4-4 7, Williams 1-1 1-2 3, Kelly 2-9 0-2 4, Ducksworth 1-9 0-0 2, Giaratano 1-5 0-0 2, Cunningham 3-7 0-0 6, Harvey 0-7 0-0 0, Horne 3-7 0-0 7, Davis 1-3 3-4 5, Bell 4-6 1-1 9. Totals 17-58 9-13 45.
Texas Tech (1-0)
Gerlich 0-6 0-0 0, Thomas 4-10 7-10 15, Faye 2-4 0-0 4, Hightower 3-10 1-2 10, Veitenheimer 0-1 2-2 2, Tofaeono 6-6 6-13 18, McKinney 5-9 4-4 15, Ukkonen 0-2 0-0 0, Embry 1-3 1-1 3, Wenger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 21-32 67.
End of 1st Quarter – TTU 26, SLU 8. Halftime – TTU 38, SLU 20. End of 3rd Quarter – TTU 48, SLU 32. 3-point goals – SLU 2-10 (Carrier 1-3, Horne 1-1, Harvey 0-4, Giaratano 0-1, Cunningham 0-1), TTU 4-13 (Hightower 3-6, McKinney 1-1, Gerlich 0-2, Thomas 0-2, Ukkonen 0-2). Technical Fouls – None. Fouled Out – Williams. Rebounds – SLU 28 (Kelly, Bell 5), TTU 46 (Thomas 10). Assists – SLU 5 (Cunningham 2), TTU 11 (Gerlich 5). Total Fouls – SLU 23, TTU 14. A – 3,511.

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