LUBBOCK, Texas - Ashlee Roberson had career highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Dominic Seals added 24 points, as Texas Tech advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with an 82-49 win Saturday over Texas State at the United Spirit Arena.
To go along with her 24 points, Seals grabbed 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season, her first since facing Texas January 20. Roberson's 22 points and 12 rebounds were good enough for her second career double-double.
Tech (17-15) lead for the majority of the game, as the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 15-6 lead within the first eight minutes, forcing six Bobcat turnovers in that time.
The Lady Raiders headed into halftime with a 39-21 lead, committing only two turnovers, a season low. Texas State (21-11) would pull within 12 points with 14:51 remaining at 43-31, but Tech responded with eight-straight points. The Bobcats would never get any closer. Tech finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field, while holding Texas State to 22.9 percent, which was an opponent season low for the Lady Raiders.
Points in the paint would be the biggest factor as Tech outscored Texas State 40-12 inside. The Bobcats would also commit 19 turnovers to Tech's 11, one shy of its season low.
Ashley Cole and Victoria Davis led the Bobcats with 13 points each, while Joyce Ekworomadu added 10. Jordan Murphree chipped in 11 points for Tech.
The Lady Raiders outrebounded Texas State 50-47.
With the win, Tech will face the winner of the TCU-Boise State game on Wed.,
March 26, at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.