LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas First Year Tech Student Khadija Faye scored a career-high 22 points in a 9-on-9 shooting performance, to help the Lady Raiders claim an 83-57 non-conference victory over Texas State on Monday at United Supermarkets Arena.
Tech (4-0) closed a four-game home stand to start its season with four players scoring in double digits in the 26-point win while the Bobcats (2-2) enjoyed a two-game winning streak. The Lady Raiders led 38-33 at halftime before edging Texas State by a 29-15 margin in the fourth quarter to walk away with the win in front of 4,066 fans in attendance.
Taylah thomas recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds and 10 points in the win, while the first Rhyle mckinney finished the game with 15 points when she was 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. Lexy hightower went for 13 with three 3-pointers of his own and Chantae Embry added eight points and four rebounds in the win. Thomas’ double-double was her first this season and the sixth of her career, while her 13 rebounds are a season-high but below her impressive 21 rebounds when playing for Arkansas. McKinney, who was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week earlier today, added three assists to his 15 points and Hightower finished with nine rebounds to drop to just about a double-double.
Faye had already hit a career-high 20 points against Kansas State last season at home, where she was 9-for-12 in the field. She had seven points against Lamar in last Saturday’s overtime win for her previous season high before dropping 22 points to the Bobcats where she added five rebounds. Faye averaged just 4.7 points per game heading into the game.
Tech was leading 54-42 in the fourth quarter after running a 10-2 run to widen a five-point lead at halftime and would have no doubts about the result scoring 29 points on an 11-for-16 shot with five. points to 3 in the last 10 minutes. McKinney scored nine of his 15 points over the four quarters going 3 on 3 on 3 points and Hightower had eight points in the quarter with two 3 points. Faye had six in the quarter before committing a foul to end his career night. Tech finished the game shooting 10-11 from the free throw line and was 7-16 on 3 points.
The Lady Raiders had a 51-28 rebound advantage and limited the Bobcats to just 28% on shots on the night. Tech’s bench ended the night edging Bobcat bench by a 34-12 margin.
The Lady Raiders had a 38-33 halftime lead with Faye scoring 14 points on 6 of 6 shots, while Embry had six and Gerlich five. Tech led to 11 in the first half with McKinney hitting a jumper to push the lead to 36-25 with 3:23 remaining until the break. The Bobcats fought back however, hitting a pair of lay-ups, then getting a 3-pointer from Bennett with three seconds remaining to make it a five-point game after 20 minutes of play. Tech finished the first half with 16 for 35. (45.7%) but was only 2 for 6 on 3 points, Hightower and Gerlich hitting one each. The Bobcats were held to just 32.4 percent on shots and were 3 for 12 on 3 runs with Bowie hitting two. Bennett’s 3 points in the dying seconds was his first shot of the half.
Tech had a 20-13 lead after the first period with Faye already seven points away from a 3v3 shot. Tofaeono added four and Hightower scored a 3 point goal and gave him three points after the first 10. minutes of the match. The Lady Raiders were 8 for 20 in the first period with a 3-point shot, while the Bobcats were capped at 4 for 17 (24%) during that time. Bowie led Texas State with six points in the first period with a pair of 3s.
The Lady Raiders are back in action this weekend with three games at the Van Chancellor Classic in Katy, TX. Tech opens the event against Ball State at 4 p.m. Friday before playing Old Dominion at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and closes it against New Mexico at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Merrell Center. The team heads home to host Georgia for the Big 12 / SEC Challenge on Thursday, December 2 at 11 a.m. for Education Day.