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Spartans sink Lady Raiders in overtime with late jumper

Baker scores a team-high 13 points in a losing effort

Posted: December 20, 2012 - 7:29pm  |  Updated: December 21, 2012 - 1:17am
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Michigan State’s Kiana Johnson made sure it would be no Vegas vacation for the Lady Raiders.

After the Texas Tech women’s basketball team clawed its way back into a defensive slugfest to force overtime, Johnson scored all six of the Spartans’ extra-time points — including the game-winner with 8.3 seconds left — to give Michigan State a 50-48 win inside South Point Arena.

A Jackie Patterson jump shot from the baseline went off the rim as time expired in overtime to send Tech (8-2) to its first loss in eight games.

“When I got a chance to come in,” said Johnson, who tied for the team lead with 11 points. “I just wanted to make sure I did my job and do my part.”

Johnson was suspended by the NCAA for the first nine games this season for receiving impermissible benefits, Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said.

But she came up when her team needed her most, scoring the Spartans’ final eight points.

Johnson’s shot overshadowed the Lady Raiders’ fight to send the game into overtime.

Tech scored a season-low 15 points in the first half in a defensive battle. Conversely, Michigan State tied its season low with 21 in the first 20 minutes.

The game could have gotten out of hand when the Lady Raiders went down 26-17 early in the second half, with Kelsi Baker picking up her fourth foul two minutes after intermission.

“We got a bunch of fighters,” said Baker, who led all scorers with 13 points and stayed away from a fifth foul. “We came in at halftime and we were very disappointed with ourselves — the way we played, the way we turned the ball over a lot — and that’s one thing that we wanted to change in the second half.”

Baker said the Lady Raiders wanted to be more assertive in the second half and dictate the game. Even though the Spartans (11-1) didn’t relinquish the lead until overtime, Tech was the aggressor in the second half.

The Lady Raiders started driving to the hoop more, not settling for awkward jump shots. Although they had to maneuver through a stout man defense, they tied the game at 29 and then overcame a late, six-point deficit.

“I thought we played our hearts out,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “Just really was proud of our effort, especially down the stretch and how hard we fought. Just came up short in the end.”

Johnson’s heroics overshadowed the play that sent the game into an extra period.

After Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 36 seconds left to give Michigan State a 44-41 lead, Monique Smalls attempted a 3-pointer with about 20 seconds left but the shot clanged off the rim.

Baker somehow snagged the offensive rebound, dribbled through traffic in the paint and fed the ball back to Smalls, who wasn’t going to miss twice.

“Honestly I cant’ tell you what was going on,” Smalls said about the sequence. “It was one of those things where your mind goes blurry and you’re just like, ‘shoot.’”

Even though Tech sent the game into overtime, the Lady Raiders left some points on the floor.

Tech turned the ball over 22 times and had a bevy of offensive fouls.

Trailing 42-41, Christine Hyde picked up her fifth foul of the game on a fast-break charge that swung the game back into the Spartans’ favor. Hyde finished with nine points. Casey Morris, Tech’s leading scorer coming into the game, was held scoreless in the first half and finished with just three points.

However, the Spartan defense is what caused the majority of Tech’s mistakes, and the Lady Raiders did the same to the Spartans. Michigan State’s top scorer, Annalise Pickrel, was held scoreless in 42 minutes of play.

“If you paid to get in today,” Curry said, “you got your money’s worth.”

The Lady Raiders play Oregon State (6-5) at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the final day of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Tournament.

The Spartans beat the Beavers on Tuesday, 49-35.

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Michigan State 50, Texas Tech 48 (OT)



Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Brown 44 3-11 0-0 2 8 3 0 7

Hyde 32 2-6 5-7 3 6 5 1 9

Morris 40 1-7 1-2 0 1 4 0 3

Smalls 41 3-9 1-2 0 7 1 1 8

Baker 19 4-14 5-8 2 4 4 1 13

Battle 9 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0

Bokenkamp 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Nobles 22 3-6 0-0 2 3 3 0 6

Patterson 16 1-5 0-1 1 1 1 0 2

Team 3 5
Totals 225 17-58 12-20 14 37 21 3 48



Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Thomas 40 3-17 5-6 4 6 3 3 11

Pickrel 42 0-7 0-0 3 9 2 1 0

Bell 40 2-9 1-2 2 5 2 0 6

Schiffauer 40 3-6 0-0 2 9 3 1 7

Mills 25 4-7 0-0 1 5 4 2 8

Johnson 19 4-5 3-4 1 4 0 2 11

Hines 19 2-4 3-6 1 4 4 1 7

Team 1 4
Totals 225 22-58 15-21 14 28 18 15 62

Texas Tech 15 29 4 — 48

Michigan State 21 23 6 — 50

Records: Texas Tech 8-2; Michigan State 11-1. Shooting percentages: Tech 29.3% FG, 16.7% 3-pt. FG, 60.0% FT; MSU 32.7% FG, 15.4% 3-pt. FG, 66.7% FT. 3-point goals: Tech 2-12 (Brown 1-3, Hyde 0-1, Morris 0-3, Smalls 1-3, Baker 0-2); MSU 2-13 (Thomas 0-3, Pickrel 0-5, Bell 1-1, Schiffauer 1-3, Johnson 0-1). Steals: Tech 9 (Smalls 3, Morris 2, Baker 2, Brown, Hyde); MSU 7 (Thomas 3, Pickrel, Bell, Mills, Hines). Blocked shots: Tech 1 (Nobles); MSU 3 (Pickrel 2, Bell). Turnovers: Tech 22, MSU 25. Total fouls: Tech 21, MSU 18. Fouled out: Tech, Hyde. Technical fouls: None. Officials: S. Nakosome, A. Schoeder, M. Brooks.

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time to go!

Is this the last season that Curry/Curry is given a chance? She has come to Tech and done absolutely nothing.


stay there

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Do you suppose Curry-Curry would, nah, probably not!



What a heartbreaker!


It's Time...

It's time to produce a more successful Lady Raider team. I think ample opportunity has been given Coach Curry. Let's see what we have at the end of this season. In the meantime, support the Lady Raiders.


Hocutt needs to have that Tubs conversation

With Curry-Curry = we expect more of this program. No NCAA tournament -- no high Big 12 finish this year and you are out the door.


Playing for Curry-Curry

50-48. 45 Minutes.

Since Curry-Curry showed up, there's one thing all their recruits have had in common.

By the time they've been in Lubbock two years, they can't hit the broad side of a barn.

Gerald's last gift was the gigantic new contract for this pair.

I think Gerald ought to have to buy it out.



Seven years of futility. Tech is hosting the NCAA's first and second round. Tech won't be in it. USA will be as empty as a Lady Raider game for that tournament. What a shame that a once proud program is now a after thought.


And once again Morris does her ...

... disappearing act against a good team. An all-star against small schools, but can't play against real competition. As for Myers, if he does his job properly as a supervisor, maybe ..... isn't involved in 2009's .....

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