8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry saw a lot of negatives in her team's 64-49 win over Texas-Arlington Wednesday night."I didn't like the way we gave up so many offensive rebounds," Curry said of the 28 the Mavericks pulled down. "They just make you look bad at times, but you just got to find a way to win and good teams do that."Alesha Robertson scored a season high 20 points in the win that ended a two-game skid for Texas Tech.The Lady Raiders struggled to take control early but put together an 11-0 run to go up 48-33 with 8:38 remaining in the game. As in the first half, the Mavericks had a tough time finding the basket, getting only two field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half.Texas-Arlington closed the gap to 10 points with 2:28 remaining when Tojjinay Thompson hit two free throws. But the Mavericks could get no closer."I was very pleased the way we came out in the second half and willed ourselves to win," Curry said.Chesley Dabbs and Jordan Murphree each added 11 points for the Lady Raiders (7-3).It was the third straight loss for Texas-Arlington (3-5). The team hit on only 19 of 75 shots, or 25 percent.Terra Wallace scored 18 points to lead the Mavericks. Ashley Bobb got 12 rebounds for Texas-Arlington.The Mavericks endured a six-minute drought in the first half but still managed to stay close behind 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. Wallace scored all 11 of her first-half points in the final 6:47, hitting three 3-pointers and a field goal to tie Tech at 28 at the break."What it proved to me in the first half is that we could play with them," Mavericks coach Donna Capps said. "I thought we played a pretty lousy second half."Tech made 11 of its 21 shots, or 52 percent, in the second half."We knew they were going to come out with guns blazing," Capps said.On Monday following loses to Fresno State and then-No. 14 Stanford over the weekend, Tech dropped out of The Associated Press poll after a week at No. 25. The Lady Raiders' return was the first since December 2005. Before that they had been ranked 248 consecutive weeks.