The Illinois Fighting Illini dropped their first game of a two game road trip this week. The Texas Tech Lady Raiders got the upper hand of the Fighting Illini, 75-56.
Texas Tech proved in this game that their specialty this season is their defense. They forced Illinois to commit 22 turnovers and stole the ball a total of 13 times. The player with the most turnovers for the Illini was Alexis Smith with six turnovers. The Lady Raiders leading “thief” in the game was Casey Morris, who recorded four steals.
In the game, Illinois shot 36.7% from the field and 75.0% from the free throw-line, but struggled from 3-point land. They went 2-14 from beyond the arc with their only 3-pointers coming from Ivory Crawford and Amber Moore.
On the other side, Texas Tech shot well from beyond the arc (something they rarely do well this season). They went 5-11 from 3-point land. One of them came on a shot-clock buzzer beater early in the second half to extend their lead to 47-37.
Illinois was led on offense by Moore who had a team-high 21 points. She also recorded six rebounds. Karisma Pennalso scored 18 points for Illinois and added eight rebounds.
The Lady Raiders’ leading scorer in the game was Chynna Brown. She had 21 points along with eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
After the game, head coach Matt Bollant said “give Texas Tech credit, they’re a good basketball team.”
The Fighting Illini are now 4-4 on the season.
Their next game will be on the road against the Memphis Tigers on December 9th. Memphis is currently 3-3 this season. They lost to East Tennessee State 83-73 in their last game.
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