Freshman Lori Parkinson scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds for SUU
SUU Strategic Communications

Thunderbirds Drop Opening Game of BTI Classic

November 23, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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LUBBOCK, Texas Nov. 23 – Southern Utah came up short in its opening game at the BTI Classic on Friday night, falling to tournament host Texas Tech by a final score of 73-54. The T-Birds defense held TTU to just 28.6 percent shooting from the floor, but the Lady Raiders made 43 trips to the free throw line where they were able to pick up 30 of their points.

The two sides traded baskets in the early going until Tech guards Christine Hyde and Casey Morris hit back-to-back threes as part of a 10-0 run that saw the Raiders go up by a count of 14-4. SUU then battled back with a jumper by Carli Moreland and a pair of Kimie Hawkins free throws that narrowed the margin to 16-10 halfway through the period.

Texas Tech then put together another big run as it ran off nine-straight points over the next three minutes to push its advantage to 23-10. The Lady Raiders held onto the lead throughout the closing minutes of the half, eventually taking a 34-20 advantage into the break.

The Thunderbirds held TTU to just nine field goals in the early going, but made only seven of their own. The Lady Raiders also held a 27-16 rebounding advantage in the opening period.

SUU opened the second half with a six straight points, including a pair of jumpers from freshman Lori Parkinson, to pull within eight with the score at 34-26. The deficit hung around ten points for the first several minutes of the half until Texas Tech put together 16-2 run near the 12 minute mark to pull ahead 62-38.

The T-Birds made a push to cut into the lead in the final minutes, but were unable to overcome the deficit as Texas Tech held on for the 73-54 victory.

Southern Utah showed a marked improvement in the second half, shooting the ball 40 percent from the floor while holding TTU to just 31 percent down the stretch. The Thunderbirds also battled back on the boards trailing the Raiders by a single rebound with the count favoring the home team at 22-21 in the final period. SUU also held a 11-9 advantage in assists for the game and scored 32 points in the paint to Texas Tech’s 20.

Parkinson turned in her best game so far as a T-Bird, scoring 11 points on 5-7 shooting while also pulling down five rebounds. Kimie Hawkins grabbed 10 boards for SUU to go along with seven points. The Lady Raiders had three players finish in the double-figures including Morris with 18, Hyde at 16 and Kelsi Baker who had 13.

It will now be a quick turnaround for both teams as Texas Tech (3-1) gets set to take on Nicholls State (4-1) tomorrow morning and Southern Utah (1-2) will prepare to face the University of New Orleans (1-3) at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Privateers are coming off a 75-45 defeat to the Colonels in their opening game of the tournament.