LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 19 Texas Tech proved to be too much for Central Arkansas on Saturday, as the Lady Raiders dealt the Sugar Bears their first loss of the season, winning 76-43 at the World Vision Basketball Invitational at Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena.
A day after shooting 52.4 percent from 3-point range, the Sugar Bears (4-1) could not get anything going against the Lady Raiders (4-0), shooting just 24.1 percent from the field including 2-for-17 (11.8 percent) from long range.
"We said before the game we have to handle their pressure, and I thought we did that just fine. We turned it over less than they did," UCA coach Matt Daniel said. "With their size, they killed us in rebounding, and I never dreamt that we wouldn’t execute offensively. We didn’t do a very good job of that, and it showed in our shooting percentages. It happens that way sometimes. We’ve just got to come back, regain our focus and move on to our next opponent."
Megan Herbert finished with a game-high 15 points, and moved into the Southland Conference’s top 10 for career free throws made. She hit seven of her eight attempts to bring her career total to 374. Herbert also had five rebounds to move past 800 for her career.
Shauntal Nobles had 11 points off the bench for the Lady Raiders, and Kelsi Baker added 10.
Texas Tech held a 55-27 rebounding advantage over the Sugar Bears, led by Kierra Mallard’s 13, and shot 42.1 percent to UCA’s 24.1. The Sugar Bears forced the Lady Raiders into 16 turnovers, committing 14 of their own.
The Sugar Bears will wrap up their stay in Lubbock on Sunday, taking on UMKC at noon.