Tech welcomes MVSU for a 2 p.m. contest
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raiders close non-conference play Tuesday afternoon when they welcome the Devilettes for a 2 p.m. contest.
Returning to action for the first time since the Christmas holiday, the contest against MVSU will be the seventh game of a program-record eight game homestand. The final game of the stretch is the Big 12 opener on Dec. 31 when Iowa State makes its annual trip to Lubbock.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
MATCHUP: Texas Tech (11-1) vs. Mississippi Valley State (2-8)
LOCATION: United Supermarkets Arena
DATE: Dec. 27, 2022
TIME: 2 PM
LAST TIME OUT:
Behind a strong defensive effort that included 19 forced turnovers and just 38 total points allowed, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders dropped UC Riverside 59-38 Tuesday afternoon at United Supermarkets Arena.
In the final game before the Christmas holiday, the Lady Raiders (11-1) locked down on the defensive end, allowing 10 points or fewer in three of four quarters.
The 38 points allowed today were the fewest a Lady Raider team has allowed since the 2019-20 season when Tech held ULM to 38 points in an 83-38 victory over the Warhawks. Ironically, that game was also played on Dec. 22.
Tech was led on the afternoon by Bailey Maupin’s 11 points, while Jazmaine Lewis added 10 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting. Lewis also made both of her free throw attempts.
UC Riverside (2-8) were led by Anna Blount who scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Blount was the only Highlander to reach double-figures, as UC Riverside shot just 15-of-50 from the floor.
KNOW YOUR FOE (MVSU):
Mississippi Valley State enters Tuesday’s contest with a record of 2-8 overall. MVSU’s two wins have come against Nichols State (Nov. 22) and at New Orleans (Dec. 14). The Devilettes are battling the injury bug as only six players appeared against South Alabama. MVSU finished that contest with just five active players after Zaria Harleaux was disqualified after picking up her fifth foul. Three different MVSU players finished the contest against South Alabama with four fouls. Only four Devilettes have appeared in all 10 games: Zaria Harleaux, Elisa Saffold, Kerrigan Johnson and Milia Gibson. MVSU’s leading scorer is technically Anjanae Mueck, but the 6-1 Arizona native has played in just three games. Mueck has reached double figures in all three of those contests including a 15 point, 9 rebound performance last Tuesday at South Alabama. For the season, Mueck is averaging 13.7 points and is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. MVSU’s second-leading scorer is Zakiya Mahoney. After playing in at least 26 minutes in eight games, Mahoney played in just one minute of action at New Orleans. She missed her teams game in Mobile against the Jaguars back on Dec. 20.
The Lady Raiders close the eight-game homestand on Saturday (Dec. 31) against Iowa State. The 2 p.m. tip will also serve as Tech’s Big 12 Conference opener.