LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- LaToya Davis came out fast and set the
pace for Texas Tech (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) to have four players in double figures
in their 86-52 rout of Idaho State on Sunday.
Davis scored six of the Lady Raiders' first eight points and
finished with 16 on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds
in 21 minutes.
"It's huge for LaToya to start out that way," said Tech guard
Erin Grant, who tied a season high with 12 assists for the Lady
Raiders (9-2). "When she has her high energy level going it helps
us to have her running down the floor."
Chesley Dabbs scored 18 points and Cisti Greenwalt added 15
points and nine rebounds.
Davis, Dabbs and Greenwalt all reached double figures in the
first 12 minutes of the game.
Tech used a 30-8 run before halftime to take a 45-15 lead.
The Bengals played zone defense the entire game, which provided
Tech an opportunity to deal with a zone defense, something that
Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp said will help against Big 12 teams.
"We got to work on our zone offense and see what we can do out
of it, and there are a couple of times we will need that in the Big
12," Sharp said.
Tech hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday to open the conference season.
Molly Hays scored 19 points for the Bengals (4-8).
The Lady Raiders led 53-29 at halftime. It was the second time
this season that Tech scored 53 points in the first half. The first
time was in a 109-49 win over Miami last month.
The margin of victory -- 34 points -- exceeded what the Lady
Raiders came into the game averaging. Their 28-point margin average
leads the Big 12.