LUBBOCK, Texas- Sophomore guard Queen Alford scored a contest-high 17 points, but game one of the three game World Vision Challenge resulted in a 62-48 defeat to tournament host Texas Tech on Friday night.
Along with leading all-scorers, Alford also recorded eight rebounds and a steal in 37 minutes of play. Freshman guard Sherranda Reddick had eight points with five boards and senior guard Stephanie Edwards added seven points, four rebounds and three assists.
After the Lady Raiders took a slight 4-2 lead at 18:44 the next four minutes could best be described as a hush as neither team was able to get a basket to fall. The scoring lull ended when Amber Battle knocked down a midrange jumper and Jasmine Caston followed on a three ball to supply Tech with a 9-2 lead (14:01).
When the TTU lead grew to nine, 15-6, JU seniors brought the Dolphins within three, 15-12, with 10:28 remaining. Edwards set in motion the 6-0 run working the low post and senior forward Jade Cargill topped the stretch on a steal and layup which forced at Texas Tech timeout.
Though Jacksonville was never too far out of range, the Raiders never relinquished their control of the scoreboard and spaced a 10-point difference in the closing three minutes of the first frame. Free throws from Alford and senior center Madison Scott allowed the Fins to trail by seven with 29 seconds remaining but another make from downtown by Minta Spears allowed the Lady Raiders to take a 33-23 lead at the half.
Alford scored six of the nine Dolphin field goals in the second frame and though TTU didn’t fare much better from the field (8-of-27), at one point allowing JU to pull within five with 12:59 left in the contest, the Fins simply were unable to close the gap.
Battle led Texas Tech in scoring with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists while Spears contributed 13 points, four boards and three assists.
The Lady Raiders held the Fins to just 27.6 percent from the field (16-of-58) in the bout which was their second lowest shooting effort of the season.
JU returns to the court tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 21 for a noon tip against Abilene Christian.