Lady Raiders salute JSU, Colorado

LUBBOCK, Texas— After an eight-day hiatus, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders return this week for the preseason WNIT tournament.

The week includes three games against Jackson State (Tuesday), Colorado (Wednesday) and Louisiana on Sunday. Both JSU and Colorado competed in the 2021-22 NCAA tournament.

WITHIN THE MATCHUPS:

TUESDAY:
MATCH:

Texas Tech (1-0) vs. Jackson State (0-2)
POSITION: United Supermarkets Arena
TIME: 19 o’clock
TV: Big 12 Now/ESPN+

WEDNESDAY:
MATCH:
Texas Tech (1-0) vs. Colorado (2-0)
POSITION: United Supermarkets Arena
TIME: 19 o’clock
TV: Big 12 Now/ESPN+

THE LAST TIME-OUT:
Fueled by an epic 22-3 in the second quarter and a 38-8 run, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders defeated the Texas A&M Corpus Christi 69-49 on Tuesday in front of a strong crowd on opening night of the college basketball season.

Texas Tech (1-0) was led by a trio of newcomers when Houston made the switch Jazmaine Lewis, Bailey Maupin and Katie Ferrell everyone was beaming.

Lewis was Tech’s top scorer on Tuesday night as the Post player dropped a career-high 15 points and added 7 rebounds.

Lewis was 6-for-8 from the floor in their 17 minutes of action. Maupin was the next Lady Raider in double digits. The freshman had 11 points in their nearly 17 minutes of action.

The last newcomer to shine in the opener was the transfer from UT Arlington Katie Ferrell who had a typical Big Kat performance (five points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists).

second grader Rhyle McKinney continued her strong start to her second season at the Scarlett and Black, scoring 11 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting.

With the win, head coach Krista Gerlich improves to an all-time 3-0 in season openers at Texas Tech while the Lady Raiders, as a program, won the home opener for a fifth straight season.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES:

• The Jackson State Lady Tigers go into Tuesday’s game after losing two straight games to Power Five opponents. JSU opened the season at No. 12 UNC 91-59. In that game, Jackson State was outplayed 53-20 in the first half. Guard Jariyah Covington had 19 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting while 6’5″ center Angel Jackson scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
• On Saturday, JSU opened preseason WNIT action by crashing in Colorado. Only six down at half-time, the Lady Tigers were beaten 48-30 in the final 20 minutes. In that game, Covington managed just 7 points on 1-of-13 shooting.
• SWAC’s preseason poll named Jackson State a preseason favorite while Daja Woodward was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Woodward and Miya Crump were selected as the first team for all conferences.

NEXT:
The Lady Raiders wrap up the WNIT preseason with a road date in Louisiana. The CAJUNDOME tip-off is on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

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