LUBBOCK, TX- Esmery Martinez and the Big 12’s fourth leading scorer Kysre Gondrezick combined for 40 points Wednesday night, as the Mountaineers soundly defeated the Texas Tech Lady Raiders by a score of 73-53 marking their seventh straight victory.
The Lady Raiders (8-8, 3-7 in Big 12) struggled to keep up with the Mountaineers early hot shooting start and pulled away in part to a 22-point second quarter.
The Mountaineers shot 40% from three, while the Lady Raiders shot a low 18.8% on the night from deep.
Although the Red Raiders were able to tie the game at 14-14 with 9:09 left in the second, the Mountaineers would lead for the rest of the night and pull away comfortably.
Once again, the Mountaineers enjoyed an all-around, balanced performance shooting the basketball, which included four players in double-digits including Kari Niblack and Jasmine Karson.
Consistent, balanced scoring has been a trend for the Mountaineers during the first half of the Big 12 schedule, and is a major reason that they have been able to put together their impressive winning streak that has led to this point.
On the glass, Blessing Ejiofor led the Mountaineers in rebounds with ten on the night.
The Lady Raiders received the bulk of their offense by All-American Honorable Mention and All-Big 12 senior guard Vivian Gray. Gray finished with 18 points on the night. The only other double-digit scorer for Texas Tech was Alexis Gordon who finished with 11 points.
The loss moves Texas Tech down to seventh place in the Big 12.
With the win, the Mountaineers (12-2, 6-2 in Big 12) continue to climb up the Big 12 standings and now sit just 0.5 games back of the first place Baylor Bears atop the Big 12 standings.
On the national scene, the Mountaineers can expect to continue to climb up the AP poll’s Top 25 if they can take care of a slumping TCU team on Saturday.
The game will tip-off at 2:00 and will be available for stream on ESPN+.
Cover Photo via Dale Sparks Photography