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Lady Raiders fix mistakes, beat West Virginia in overtime

Tech overcomes nine-point halftime deficit, improves to 5-2 in Big 12 play

Posted: January 22, 2013 - 10:51pm  |  Updated: January 23, 2013 - 1:36am
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It was the journey that mattered Tuesday night for the Texas Tech women’s basketball team against West Virginia.

From looking at things the team did wrong last year — such as free-throw shooting — to things it did poorly in the opening half Tuesday — like going into the half in a nine-point hole — the Lady Raiders reflected on their journey and made sure they ended it the right way with a 77-73 overtime win against West Virginia.

Tech also got one of its biggest clutch performances of the season by a player who has had one of the toughest journeys of any player this year.

Shauntal Nobles, who was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome just before the season started, hit two field goals in the waning moments of regulation to help force overtime and give Tech the momentum heading into overtime.

“I struggled throughout the game, I know,” said Nobles, who didn’t score until 46 seconds remained in regulation. “And I just wanted to have an opportunity to make up for it, and good thing I got the chance.”

Nobles hit a baseline jumper with less than a minute left to tie the game at 67, then watched as Linda Stepney gave the Mountaineers the lead on a long jump shot with 22 seconds to go.

Then Monique Smalls took the ball into the lane with about 10 seconds left but lost the handle after making contact with a West Virginia defender.

Nobles to the rescue. She quickly scooped up the ball as it rolled to her about three feet from the basket and scored to force the extra period. A long Mountaineer 3-pointer fell short as time expired in the second half.

From there, the Lady Raiders took control with their free throws and defensive pressure.

Tech (15-4, 5-2 in Big 12 Conference) built a 71-69 lead on its first possession in overtime and never looked back, forcing poor shots from West Virginia with tough defense.

The Lady Raiders finished 22 of 29 from the free-throw line, and Christine Hyde went 9 of 10 from the charity stripe.

Hyde led all players with 19 points, her highest scoring total since a 25-point outburst against Lamar on Dec. 1. Tech’s game against Lamer was the Lady Raiders’ previous high mark in halftime deficit (34-28).

“We were kind of tired last year of losing games and going back to the stat sheet,” Hyde said, “and seeing if we made the free throws, we could have won. So an emphasis this year was to make the free throws because it is the difference in the game.”

Smalls, who also scored her league-best Tuesday with 17 points, went 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.

The game, which was back-and-forth since the 15-minute mark of the second half, didn’t always look destined for overtime, though.

One of the biggest stats Tech had to overcome was the battle on the glass.

West Virginia outrebounded Tech 24-13 in the opening 20 minutes, snaring 13 offensive rebounds to match Tech’s total output.

During the rest of the game, the Lady Raiders won the rebounding battle, 26-14, and finished with 19 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds.

The Lady Raiders erased their biggest halftime deficit of the season — 38-29 — with a 14-3 run to start the second half. Amber Battle’s 3-pointer with 14:28 to go ended the run and gave Tech a 43-41 advantage, its first lead since the opening stages of the game.

From there the two teams traded baskets to set up the final sequence, as neither team led by more than two points the rest of regulation.

The halftime deficit could have been even worse.

Monique Smalls put the halftime score at 38-29 with a layup as the buzzer sounded, driving the length of the floor in less than four seconds.

Averee Fields and Bria Holmes each scored 17 to lead the Mountaineers (11-7, 3-4)

West Virginia coach Mike Carey saw Smalls’ drive as a sign of things to come.

“Needless to say we gave that away,” he said. “They just dribble drove us all night.”

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Texas Tech 77
West Virginia 73, OT



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

Baker 27 2-11 2-3 4 7 5 1 6

Brown 37 7-15 1-2 5 9 4 0 16

Hyde 35 5-10 9-20 3 7 3 0 19

Morris 44 3-8 0-0 1 3 2 1 8

Smalls 40 3-6 10-12 1 4 2 6 17

Battle 19 2-5 0-0 0 2 0 1 5

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

H. Schneider 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Nobles 15 2-3 0-2 0 2 4 0 4

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

5 5
Totals 225 25-59 22-29 19 39 20 9 77



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

Fields 32 7-11 3-4 4 7 1 0 17

Dunning 21 2-6 1-2 3 4 5 0 5

Caldwell 38 6-17 2-2 0 3 4 1 16

Palmer 20 2-6 0-0 1 3 2 1 5

Stepney 17 1-5 0-0 2 3 4 0 2

Hampton 19 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 2

Faulk 8 1-1 1-2 0 1 2 1 3

Harlee 25 1-2 0-0 0 2 3 1 2

Holmes 18 5-10 5-7 2 2 2 0 17

Leary 27 1-1 2-2 5 11 2 1 4

1 2
Totals 225 27-63 14-19 18 38 25 7 73

Texas Tech 29 40 8 — 77

West Virginia 38 31 4 — 73

Records: Texas Tech 15-4, 5-2 in Big 12; West Virginia 11-7, 3-4. Shooting percentages: Tech 42.4% FG, 41.7% 3-pt. FG, 75.9% FT; WVU 42.9% FG, 38.5% 3-pt. FG, 73.7% FT. 3-point goals: Tech 5-12 (Brown 1-4, Hyde 0-1, Morris 2-5, Smalls 1-1, Battle 1-1); WVU 5-13 (Caldwell 2-5, Palmer 1-2, Stepney 0-1, Hampton 0-1, Harlee 0-1, Holmes 2-3). Steals: Tech 7 (Smalls 3, Baker, Hyde, Morris, Nobles); WVU 5 (Fields, Caldwell, Faulk, Harlee, Holmes). Blocked shots: Tech 2 (Baker, Hyde); WVU 7 (Leary 3, Dunning, Caldwell, Stepney, Harlee). Turnovers: Tech 17, WVU 17. Total fouls: Tech 20, WVU 25. Fouled out: Tech, Baker; WVU, Dunning. Technical fouls: None. Officials: Dee Kantner, Tina Napier, Beverly Roberts. Attendance: 1,045.

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The Result...

is going to be another 5-year sentence of Curry-Curry.

Tech needs to stop wasting time and find a use for their spectacular arena.


This team will still finish

conference with a .500 record.



If spreading pessimism & negativity were a profession then some of the posters on here would be multimillionaires. We won. Good job Lady Raiders! A fan supports the team. Do either you even like Texas Tech?


This team will finish closer to ...

what Facts fears than .500, which is ok with me. This team has a legitimate shot at 12-6, and should finish no worse than 11-7. Had WV not lost their starting center, we'd be looking at 9-9. Facts analysis is correct, but Curry already has a premature contract extension, so I don't think that's in play this year. If you look at the returning players, another 6-12 is in the cards without help from heaven, and I'm hoping Kirby has the smarts (and power) to enforce the turdville ultimatum.


more mistakes

There are 2 mistakes that have yet to be corrected; Curry & Curry!!!


mistakes wichita65?

That's the best you can do after they've won 3 in a row in conference play? It kills you to see them win doesn't it haha?


I've Learned Something

If you state facts you are clearly "negative."

For those of you who just got off the boat, Gerald rewarded Curry-Curry with a brand new 5-year deal when she (they) had a conference record of 19-41.

WHAT I FEAR is that if this group plays .500+ in the league then Curry-Curry will be re-upped. And I think that is exactly what is going to happen.


I Hope!

If for nothing else to tick you off Facts!


Good News for RR007

I definitely believe Curry-Curry will win 9 conference games and get a new deal.


Sure Hope So!

Can't see anyone doing any better job for the program than Kristy Curry and her staff.



She/he will surely find a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory the rest of the season. Let's have this conversation at the end of the year after they finish .500 in conference. Where is Steve Gomez when you need him??


Well, my predictions haven't been worth a flying ...

...taco, (can he say that?) er, tortilla lately, but I'm obviously drunk on the 3-game-winning-koolaid; so 12-6 (our front-court HAS to improve) with NO contract extension. I'm choosing to be optimistic both now and in the future. I'm gonna give Hocutt the benefit of the doubt and assume he's not playing 'Jason Garrett' to the Administrations 'Jerry Jones'. I believe he's smart enough to see the lack of a roster after the seniors leave this spring.

I also predict (hoping/praying) that Chris Walker is going to have the '1 yr interim' removed with a standard 4-yr contract. I'm also assuming that Kirby is smarter/more autonomous than the elderly Gerald Meyers.



Coach Gomez is right where he needs to be and is doing an excellent job at LCU. Steve is a great guy and a friend of mine. He was an assistant boys’ coach for Coach Self at Monterey when my mother was the head girls basketball coach there in the mid to late 90's. Steve is a very good coach and is doing an fine job with the LCU program. I know that you wish that the Lady Raiders would lose every game. You have some personal vendetta out for Coach Curry. You've made that very clear in personal attacks about the way she dresses, etc. I have a question for you Wichita. Are you even a fan of Texas Tech? I have noticed that you comment negatively toward other sports programs at the university in regularity. That makes me think that maybe you don’t like Tech period????

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