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Kelsi Baker scores career high in win against Oregon State

Lady Raiders split games at Las Vegas Tournament

Posted: December 21, 2012 - 7:07pm  |  Updated: December 22, 2012 - 1:42am
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Kristy Curry described Kelsi Baker’s performance the last few games perfectly.

“She’s playing like an impact player,” Curry said.

The junior post drove the lane, stepped outside for 3-point looks and made 7 of 8 shots from the foul line Friday, and the Lady Raiders bounced back from a close loss with a 66-48 victory against Oregon State.

Baker scored a career-high 18 points against the Beavers, her third straight double-digit scoring performance against a major-conference team.

“We’ve worked hard in practice making the extra pass and finding the open person,” Baker said. “Those games I’ve been the open person and my teammates have found me. My teammates have given me the confidence to make the open shot when I have it.”

Tech guard Casey Morris, who scored 13 points in the final game of the Holiday Hoops Classic, can tell Baker is playing with improved confidence.

Baker consistently went to the ground for loose balls during the two-game tournament, playing physical defense and staying mentally strong when she picked up four fouls early against the Spartans.

“It’s always exciting to have a post player who you know you can go to,” said Morris, who bounced back from a three-point performance a day earlier, “and who you can depend on for threes, or for driving or who can post up. It’s always motivating and it’s always helpful to know that you have a post that’s so strong inside.”

Baker, who has worked hard to add the 3-point shot to her game, helped the Lady Raiders to a fast start. Her 3-pointer spurred a 21-6 run in the first half to help Tech all but put the game away. The Lady Raiders shot 12 of 19 from inside the 3-point line in the first half to enter intermission with a 38-16 lead.

However, Oregon State would rally thanks to some small adjustments and an attitude shift.

After building a 24-point advantage early in the second half on a Baker hook shot, the Lady Raiders (9-2) missed their next 12 shots from the floor to set the stage for a Beaver comeback bid.

“Credit them for being able to come out and make a run,” Curry said, “but I thought it was a great test for us, just sticking together when we had a little adversity.”

Oregon State (6-6) cut the lead to 49-36 on a Jamie Weisner layup with 5:35 to go, but Chynna Brown responded with pair of 3-pointers to give the Lady Raiders enough cushion down the stretch.

Tech continued to play strong defense in the second half, but the Beavers were able to outmaneuver Tech at times.

Baker, who was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Monique Smalls, said the Lady Raiders played well, and gave credit to Oregon State for making contested shots.

“We just relaxed a little bit,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said about the comeback bid. “We’re young at a lot of spots, unlike Texas Tech, who is a veteran, savvy team with a lot of athleticism.”

Mollee Schwegler led Oregon State with 16 points, going 4 from 8 from beyond the 3-point line.

The win marks a bounceback for Tech, which lost a hard-fought game against Michigan State on Thursday. Tech has gone on extended losing streaks in the last two seasons, and Morris said Friday’s win shows the improvement the Lady Raiders have made.

“In the past we’ve had some mistakes and we’ve let a loss affect us,” Morris said, “but we wanted to come back strong and just keep the chemistry going and keep building on wins.”

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Texas Tech 66
Oregon State 48

OREGON STATE 48

FG FT REB

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

Gibson 36 2-13 1-2 0 3 2 1 6

Weisner 28 2-8 0-0 3 4 2 1 4

Ed.-Teasley 24 2-4 2-3 5 9 2 0 6

Martin 18 2-8 0-0 0 2 1 1 4

Hunter 35 3-7 0-0 5 11 3 0 6

Toure 4 0-1 0-0 1 2 1 0 0

Siegner 8 1-2 0-0 1 4 1 1 2

Fambro 3 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2

Schwegler 28 5-11 2-2 0 1 3 2 16

Hamblin 16 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2

Team 1 3
Totals 200 19-61 5-7 17 41 18 6 48

TEXAS TECH 66

FG FT REB

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

Brown 10 3-3 0-0 1 1 1 2 8

Hyde 21 3-8 1-1 2 5 3 0 7

Morris 38 5-12 1-3 0 6 0 1 13

Smalls 36 0-6 6-6 0 5 0 1 6

Baker 23 5-11 7-8 2 4 3 2 18

Battle 27 1-2 0-0 0 6 0 2 2

K. Schneider 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Bokenkamp 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Nobles 16 1-3 2-2 1 2 4 0 4

Patterson 19 4-8 0-0 1 3 2 0 8

Team 3 4
Totals 200 22-54 17-20 10 36 13 8 66

Oregon State 16 32 — 48

Texas Tech 38 28 — 66

Records: Oregon State 6-6; Texas Tech 9-2. Shooting percentages: OSU 31.1% FG, 21.7% 3-pt. FG, 71.4% FT; Tech 40.7% FG, 23.8% 3-pt. FG, 85% FT. 3-point goals: OSU 5-23 (Gibson 1-7, Weisner 0-3, Martin 0-3, Toure 0-1, Fambro 0-1, Schwegler 4-8); Tech 5-21 (Brown 2-2, Hyde 0-1, Morris 2-7, Smalls 0-4, Baker 1-6, Bokenkamp 0-1). Steals: OSU 7 (Gibson 3, Weisner 2, Edwards-Teasley, Schwegler); Tech 11 (Smalls 3, Brown 2, Morris 2, Baker, Battle, Nobles, Patterson). Blocked shots: OSU 4 (Edwards-Teasley, Martin, Hunter, Hamblin); Tech 2 (Baker, Nobles). Turnovers: OSU 19, Tech 14. Total fouls: OSU 18, Tech 13. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Officials: A. Schoeder, S. Nakasone, M. Brooks.

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