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Dec/14

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Tech tops Abilene Christian, 61-44

Abilene Christian at Texas Tech

Abilene Christian at Texas Tech

With more than 4,000 elementary aged students cheering them on, the Texas Tech women’s basketball team won by its largest margin of the season, defeating Abilene Christian 61-44.

The game, part of a day/night doubleheader with the men’s team, was declared Lady Raider Education Day, and many schools from Lubbock and the surrounding areas participated by bringing their students.

Tech senior guard Amber Battle said all of the young students in attendance helped to create an atmosphere that the players fed off of.

“It was crazy and loud and we like it like that when they cheer for us,” she said. “They’re our biggest fans really, so that really got us pumped up.”

Elementary school students in attendance for Lady Raider Education Day.

Elementary school students in attendance for Lady Raider Education Day.

Although Tech was helped by hitting 36 percent of its shots from three-point range as a team, the Lady Raiders main source of points came from underneath the basket, outscoring ACU 26-10 on points in the paint.

Tech coach Candi Whitaker said her team struggled with its willingness to take outside shots in the beginning of the game, but once those shots came the rest of the offense opened up.

“It was early on that we were not shot until we could get to the paint. We need to either post feed or attack the paint with a dribble before we were going to take perimeter shots,” she said. “Once we started doing that I felt like we were getting better looks and dominating more inside.”

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