LUBBOCK, Texas – When Texas Tech needed a key bucket down the stretch Friday evening, it turned to its All-American.
Vivian Gray, making her season debut following a preseason injury, sank a game-tying layup with less than a second remaining in regulation and then added six points in overtime to help the Lady Raiders remain undefeated following a 72-68 victory over Lamar inside United Supermarkets Arena.
Gray had two of Tech’s first three buckets in overtime and then provided two free throws in the final minute to lead the Lady Raiders (3-0) with 16 points off the bench. Tech closed overtime on an 8-3 run with Lamar’s only bucket coming from an uncontested Sabria Dean 3-pointer right before the buzzer.
Gray, who also had five rebounds and a pair of steals in the win, was one of three Lady Raiders in double figures, joining Rhyle McKinney and her 14 points as well as Bryn Gerlich and her 10. Gerlich added seven assists and five rebounds for the Lady Raiders, who led by as much of 18 points midway through the second quarter before Lamar responded after the break.
Lamar (1-3) outscored Tech, 23-11, in the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the final frame. The Cardinals made more than half of their 13 shots from behind the arc during the third quarter alone as Lamar was 7-for-9 from deep in the frame en route to finishing 13-for-28 for the game.
Malay McQueen paced Lamar with a game-high 18 points as all five of her field goals were via 3-point attempts. She was joined in double figures by Angel Hastings and Anyssia Gibbs, who had 13 and 11 points each, respectively. Gibbs chipped in eight rebounds to share the team high alongside Akasha Davis.
The win over Lamar was the start of a busy nine-day stretch for Tech as the Lady Raiders will face Texas State Monday night before traveling to the Van Chancellor Classic in Katy next weekend.
Release provided by Chris Duarte Texas Tech Athletics