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Lady Raiders struggle offensively in loss to New Mexico

The Lady Raiders and Lobos were tied at 42 with 15 minutes, 10 seconds remaining before the Lobos went on a 13-4 run during the next 7:13 to give New Mexico its largest lead of the night.

Posted: November 16, 2012 - 12:09am  |  Updated: November 16, 2012 - 1:28am
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry summed up Thursday’s Lady Raider-New Mexico game perfectly.

“We couldn’t have played any worse,” Curry said shortly after Tech’s 65-61 loss to the Lobos.

Despite career nights from Monique Smalls and Amber Battle, the Lady Raider offense was largely ineffective against New Mexico.

The Lady Raiders and Lobos were tied at 42 with 15 minutes, 10 seconds remaining before the Lobos went on a 13-4 run during the next 7:13 to give New Mexico its largest lead of the night.

Tech cut the lead to 59-56 with 1:07 left and immediately forced a turnover, but a Christine Hyde traveling violation gave the Lobos the ball back and Bryce Owens hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to ice the game for the Lobos.

The loss is the first of the short season for Tech (1-1), who return to Lubbock for its home opener at 2 p.m. Sunday in United Spirit Arena.

Smalls led Tech with 22 points and Battle scored 12 — both career highs — but starters Jackie Patterson, Chynna Brown and Casey Morris combined for only eight points for a Lady Raider team that struggled to find the net all night.

Tech had one assist and 20 turnovers. Morris’ only points were on two free throws, and Patterson was scoreless with seven minutes left in the game.

“We played pretty bad and put ourselves in position at the end to have a chance,” Curry said, “but it was disappointing to have one assist. Obviously we couldn’t make a shot. When Casey and Chynna go 0-for, it’s not going to be good for us. And they’ve got to step up, the seniors, and have more about them than what they had tonight.

Smalls scored a game- and career-high 22 points, largely because no one else was doing much for the Tech offense.

She matched her previous career-high (15) by halftime.

“They came out more aggressive,” Smalls said. “Give credit to them. They wanted it more. We didn’t come out and play our game. We had a few plays we should have executed and we didn’t, and we didn’t get rebounds like we should have.”

The Lobos out-rebounded Tech 42-33, marking the second straight game Tech has lost the battle of the boards. New Mexico (2-0) had 18 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds.

Battle, an Albuquerque native, scored a career-high 12 points in front of family and old friends.

She said the win was bittersweet for her, and New Mexico just grabbed the tempo of the game to shut the door on the visitors.

“They just got a little more control of the game,” Battle said.

Smalls was the lone bright spot on offense for the entirety of the first half, matching her previous career high (15) on 6-of-7 shooting, while the rest of the Lady Raiders went 4-of-15.

The Lady Raiders came out in a full-court press to immediately shake up the Lobos. New Mexico had seven turnovers in as many minutes as Tech jumped out to a 11-9 lead.

The advantage would have been higher had Tech not turned the ball over almost as much as the home team.

Before the end of the first half, both teams would have double-digit turnovers. New Mexico finished with 22 turnovers, Tech with 18. Both teams had 20 points off the miscues.

New Mexico used a quick 6-0 burst to gain a lead they wouldn’t relinquish until the 2:25 mark in the first half, when Smalls hit her first 3-pointer of the game to make it a 27-24 Tech advantage.

The Lady Raiders continued to play good pressure defense, but could not convert the extra possessions. Coupled with a dominating New Mexico advantage on the glass (22-10 in the opening 20 minutes), New Mexico went on a 9-3 run to end the half.

Tech found offensive success early by taking it to the basket quickly on the in-bounds, with Smalls, Baker and Battle all finding early success driving the lane.

Christine Hyde scored 10 points for Tech by getting to the free-throw line, going 8-of-12.

Despite the loss, Curry says Tech can bounce back and use the motivation from the close defeat.

“This will be blessing in disguise,” Curry said.

New Mexico 65
Texas Tech 61

TEXAS TECH 61

FG FT REB

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

Baker 27 4-7 1-5 3 5 5 0 9

Patterson 20 2-6 2-2 0 2 0 0 6

Brown 24 0-7 0-0 2 5 3 0 0

Morris 26 0-4 2-2 1 3 3 0 2

Smalls 37 8-11 4-5 0 5 2 0 22

Hyde 29 1-5 8-12 5 7 4 0 10

Battle 22 5-11 2-4 1 3 0 0 12

Bokenkamp 10 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0

H. Schneider 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0

Team 1 1
Totals 200 20-52 19-30 14 33 20 1 61

NEW MEXICO 65

FG FT REB

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

Nnaji 13 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2

Owens 29 6-11 0-0 0 3 2 4 15

Erskine 18 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 2

Halasz 317 3-6 3-5 4 7 1 3 10

Durbin 37 4-12 2-2 2 6 1 1 11

Shumpert 12 2-3 0-2 1 3 4 0 4

Jackson 28 2-4 0-0 1 2 1 0 2

Peacock 6 0-3 2-2 1 2 1 0 2

Johnson 11 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 1 0

Vaughn 29 5-13 4-6 4 10 0 0 15

Team 1 2
Totals 200 24-57 11-17 18 42 19 10 65

Texas Tech 30 31 — 61

New Mexico 33 32 — 65

Records: Texas Tech 1-1; New Mexico 2-0. Shooting percentages: Tech 38.5% FG, 14.3% 3-pt. FG, 63.3% FT; UNM 42.1% FG, 37.5% 3-pt. FG, 64.7% FT. 3-point goals: Tech 2-14 (Baker 0-2, Patterson 0-1, Brown 0-2, Morris 0-4, Smalls 2-3, Battle 0-2); UNM 6-16 (Nnaji 0-1, Owens 3-6, Halasz 1-1, Durbin 1-3, Shumpert 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Peacock 0-2, Vaughn 1-1). Steals: Tech 15 (Smalls 4, Hyde 3, Battle 3, Brown 3, Baker, Patterson); UNM 11 (Erskine 4, Vaughn 3, Durbin 2, Halasz, Owens). Blocked shots: Tech 4 (Battle 3, Hyde); UNM 3 (Durbin, Jackson, Vaughn). Turnovers: Tech 18, UNM 22. Total fouls: Tech 20, UNM 19. Fouled out: Baker. Technical fouls: None. Officials: Michael Price, Brenda Pantoja, Clarke Stevens. Attendance: 5,938.

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Curry's Finale: The Loser Tour 2012

Bye Bye. Thanks for bringing us ninth place Big 12 basketball. Take the birther with you and DblT82 on LoserPower.com.

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It is early in the season but

losing to New Mexico, a team that is hardly a powerhouse, is not a good sign. This appears to be another Lady Raider team that cannot make free throws (a trademark of this program the past few years) and cannot block the opposition out. I hope I am really wrong, and it is early in the season, but not a lot to get excited about at this point.

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Well, at least this season,

Well, at least this season, TTU will not go into conference play undefeated, obtain an undeserved top ten ranking, and then absolutely TANK in conference play. We finished near the bottom of the league--AGAIN--after allegedly righting this sinking ship. Curry had better figure something out quick, because her butt is on the line for real this season. NO EXCUSES such as "lack of effort," "lack of leadership," "outplayed," and INJURIES. My God, every team has injuries and loses players, and they still find ways to win. Gut it up and make this team a winner or get the heck out of dodge. WE ARE SICK of these great prophecies about how well the teams will do only to watch them crash and burn during the season. A loss to New Mexico is either a wake-up call or a death knell. Curry and this team are going to have to decide very quickly, because Baylor, OU, and many other great teams are waiting.

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More of the Same

A once proud program...continues to waller in less than mediocrity. Curry, this has to be your last year. No 16-0 start this year to hang on to. Worst coaching hire in Tech history!

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it happens

See what happens when you don't schedule Cupcake State and Easy Over University!! With most of the team upperclassmen, excuses for being "young" or "inexperienced" won't feed the bulldog anymore...

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Disaster

Thanks, Gerald. Based on a 19-41 conference record, you gave Curry-Curry another big deal.

The disaster Curry visited on the proud Lady Raider program is WITHOUT COMPARISON.

She could take the '61 Yankees and play .500 ball.

The Hance era.

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Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas

Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas, is for Tech to not be in last place in the big 12(10), No, not win a National Title, Not Win a NIT title, Not even a Big 12 title, just not be in the bottom 2 again this year. You see, Colorado, and Missouri have moved on, and WV is also ranked, so that leaves Tech and TCU to see who will be in the bottom. Curry has used excuses over and over the last several years, “they are too young”, “they are not physical enough”, “they are not mentally tough”, “they did not finish the game”(oh, she’s still using this one).. Curry has never said, “I am a terrible coach”, and shouldn’t get paid this week. If my doctor had a survival rate as Curry’s loss/win record…Well, you know.

What excuses did Curry come up with this week? 1) “We couldn’t have played any worse,” Curry said …..Really, you are correct, I was trying to think of a way that a team could play worse..but nope, couldn’t come up with a single way to play worse than what was coached out there… you are correct….. but whom did Curry blame this week?.. Oh, read on.. 2) they’ve got to step up, the seniors, and have more about them than what they had tonight…Did Curry say (“hey, my game plan didn’t work”)...think that might be a reflection on the coaching staff and preparation? … Aren’t these all your recruits? But wait it gets better..

3) Curry says Tech can bounce back and use the motivation from the close defeat…. Uh<? What about all the other defeats in the past 6 years, didn’t ya’ll learn anything from that?... like, put the ball in the basket more than the other team? That’s why it’s called basketball… I have an Idea, since you keep getting outrebounded, why not go recruit a true post over 6’5”, that you will actually play in a game and not just use for practice… as hard as those 6’, 6’1”, forwards are playing they can’t compete…that’s why they are forwards.

4) “This will be blessing in disguise,” Curry said…. Let’s hope this one is the one that rings true. That she will leave and take her husband. So we may actually get a coach that can get us out of the bottom of the big 12(10), Don’t have to worry about making the NCAA’s this year, which means you are not even considered in the top 64 teams in the country. NIT? Maybe, but you then its 1 and done at best. Even a team that lost its coach last year (OSU) won the NIT,… did better than us.

Here is how you beat the lady raiders..1) face guard Smalls and Morris, if Morris is having a bad day, back off her and jump the passing lanes, 2) Tech can’t beat you with the 3’s, and their best new “shooter” is out for the season.. so clog the middle..3) Hyde gets a running start to the basket and thus gets charging fouls or tries crazy layups from outside the lanes. 4) Tech posts are not true posts, and Tech never plays anyone over 6’3”, so you can out rebound them and block out their “posts” (I use that term with laughter). Tech doesn’t have a pure shooter on the team like years long ago, and Curry only plays about 9 players, so you can wear them down and your bench will get lots of playing time.

Please Note, these teams (outside of the power conferences) are just a few that already have the inside track at getting into the NCAA over Tech... because at least they are 2-0/3-0. Akron, Quinnipiac, Furman, St. Bonaventure, Fordham, Mercer, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Portland State, Montana State, Townson, Youngstown State, Green Bay, Central Arkansas, Chattanooga, Hartford, New Hampshire, Charlotte, Dayton, Bowling Green, Hampton, UTSA, Texas State, South Alabama, Nebraska Omaha Oral Roberts, St. Francis(NY), St. Francis (pa),.. Oh, go to ESPN, and look at the conference standings for the Big 12(10) (this year), last year,

So Please Santa, can you grant my wish, (Oh,and Republican and Democrats to work together to reduce the debt, Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East to stop fighting, Us Stop Global Warming, and let there be WORLD PEACE) . Thank you. “Cookies and Milk will be left on the table and carrots for the reindeer”… Tell Mrs. Clause Hello. .. P.B.

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