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Lady Raiders beat Texas, move into tie for second in Big 12 play

Lady Raiders take 69-62 victory against rival Longhorns in United Spirit Arena

Posted: February 17, 2013 - 6:07pm  |  Updated: February 18, 2013 - 1:04am
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Texas Tech's Chynna Brown drives against Texas' Empress Davenport during their game on Sunday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Chynna Brown drives against Texas' Empress Davenport during their game on Sunday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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Wearing throwback black jerseys in front of the 1993 national champion Texas Tech women’s basketball team on Sunday, the 2013 edition of the Lady Raiders didn’t disappoint.

Led by a pair of senior guards and a tenacious defense, the Lady Raiders used the same mind-set they have had all season in a 69-62 victory against the rival Longhorns in United Spirit Arena.

Chynna Brown, who put in another solid day of work with 16 points and four steals, said there wasn’t any added pressure to win Sunday — but she was glad they could perform for the ‘93 champs.

“I feel like there was no pressure for us, we were more humble about it and just excited being able to come out playing in throwback jerseys,” said Brown, who eclipsed 1,000 career points in the victory. “It was just a great day for us.”

The 1993 team, led by Sheryl Swoopes and Krista (Kirkland) Gerlich, was honored at halftime. All 12 members of the team were at the celebration.

Tech’s win Sunday marked the 20th anniversary, to the day, of the first time the Lady Raiders won in Austin. Texas defeated Tech earlier that season in Lubbock, but Tech won 19 games in a row after that en route to the national championship.

With the shadow of the 1993 National Champions banner looming, Tech (19-7, 9-5 in Big 12 Conference play) came out with the same style it has executed all season. The Lady Raiders let their defense pave the way for the offense, kept Texas away from easy buckets inside and turned to senior guards Brown and Casey Morris (15 points) in the clutch to come away on top.

Tech scored 26 points off 24 Longhorn turnovers, only turning the ball over five times itself. At one point, the Lady Raiders went on a 22-2 run by taking the ball away from Texas and quickly feeding it up court on misses.

“There are moments during the game where you can just see that takeover mentality, and it’s the difference in the game,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said.

Kelsi Baker added 14 points and led Tech with six rebounds in the victory.

The home team took a 14-point lead and threatened to blow the doors off the arena in the first half before Texas picked up its transition game and put the ball in Chassidy Fussell’s hands.

The Longhorns scored the final five points of the first half, then went on a 11-1 run to open the second half, capped by a Fussell 3-pointer to give Texas a 38-37 lead.

Fussell led all players with 27 points Saturday, including 18 in the second half.

“We got some stops,” Texas coach Karen Aston said. “Really that‘s what it boiled down to. We got some stops on the defensive end and we were able to get a couple of buckets in transition. Again down the stretch though, their guards made tons of plays.”

Morris immediately countered the brief deficit with five straight points to give the Lady Raiders a four-point cushion.

Later in the half, when Texas inched to within 50-45, Brown hit two straight pull-up jumpers to start the final sequence. The Longhorns again clawed within five, but Tech hit 10 free throws down the stretch and Morris hit a key jumper to maintain its lead for good.

“Good teams find ways to win games with (the little things), and the kids did that today,” Curry said.

The Lady Raiders moved into a second-place tie in the Big 12 Conference with the victory, while Texas (9-15, 2-11) continued its frustrating season.

Curry isn’t looking past the next game, a noon contest next Sunday at Kansas, but the seventh-year coach feels good about where her team sits regarding the NCAA tournament.

“I think we’re in,” Curry said, “but I certainly can tell you this: That we want to win the next one and we’re going to control what we can with that.”

 

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Curry, you may be in the

Curry, you may be in the tourney, but you will be ousted quickly with that kind of shooting %. Do you ot have a non-starter that can shoot and actually score?

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Postive Comment

Outstanding defensive effort by the players and gameplan by the coaches! A full week of rest and then it's up to Lawrence to beat KU. Wreck 'em!!!

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redraider2007

It's good to be positive but at the same time let's not overlook the things that are wrong. Tech has no offense...it's defense is what keeps them in games. Today they shot 37% while Texas a team with a losing record shot 51%. I bet you can count the games on one hand where Tech has shot over 40% this season. That's not a recipe for success when playing top schools. In all my years of watching the Lady Raiders I don't think I've seen a worse shooting team. Can you imagine how good we'd be if they could make a few baskets?

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an observation

After losses by OU and ISU yesterday, it becomes apparent that the Big 12 is made up of 9 incredibility average teams. If not for Baylor, the conference would have no other team in the top 25. The fact that Tech is tied for 2nd, is really no big deal. Sure, the conference will probably send 4 or 5 teams to the NCAA's but again, except for Baylor, these teams will be enjoying Spring Break on a beach somewhere.Tech is going nowhere shooting 37% and the other team, 51% and getting out-rebounded by 11. Curry/Curry will surely be rewarded with another extention and the mediocrity will continue. By the way, the 2@6'5" compiled 1 minute of playing time and scored 0 points. The juco AA had 7 points in 17 minutes. Not a good sign for future success, but hey, the coach's will get theirs.

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Keep the UNI'S

Keep the throwbacks uni's. Curry/Curry Inc it's time to go. You can see it in the crowd. Few believe in this staff. The 9k was there for the 93 team not Curry. A possibility of three 20 wins seasons mean little when you don't come close to a conference championship. I don't care if your excuse is BU has five transgenders on the floor, you don't compete when they bears kick your tails the way they do. We need to hire our own in here & start winning again. 37% is nothing to be proud about. If Curry/Curry Inc are so great then why is no one beating down our doors trying to hire them away? It's time for the new era of Lady Raider Basketball. A new era of believing in who we are again. Do this and the USA will be the place the rivals will fear.

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Incredible

I look at this board and I am amazed! New era? You don't have a clue what a "new era" would look like! You talk about hiring our own! Please! "Our own" can't even win her own conference. The "other our own" needs to lobby a little harder in the press before anyone takes her very seriously. This weekend was a time when we could all honor a team that brought national recognition to Lubbock, Texas Tech, and West Texas. I hope all those former LR were supporting this team! Maybe all but 2!!!!!!! It was obvious to many of us that this was a time for a pretty specific agenda. I wonder how long and how much planning it took to get that much "press" for a select few on that team? Wow and then Tech won! And oh, how unfortunate that they are 2nd in the conference. Well, better blast the staff! It will never make any difference to the "haters" because it's not about this staff or this team. It's about getting "your own" regardless! So, load up your posters, keep pumping the negative comments. Shame on You! Trust me, no one needs some of you as fans! For sure,these kids and this staff deserve better.

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I'm in no hurry

for the coaches to be fired, I'd just like them to earn what they're being paid. Seeing Kirby's deliberate stance concerning Coach Walker (contract needed to recruit properly), I doubt an extension is on the horizon just for finally having her first winning conference season. Non-conference records and 20-win seasons are meaningless. I have faith that next years squad will prove the worth of the current staff.

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