Lady Raiders shoot 85 percent from line
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — An Achilles’ heel of sorts for the last couple of years, the Lady Raiders shot lights out from the free-throw line in Friday’s 66-48 win against Oregon State.
Texas Tech went 17 of 20 from the charity stripe, getting a perfect 6 of 6 performance from Monique Smalls and 7 of 8 clip from Kelsi Baker.
“It’s just an area that we continue to work on,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said, “and have them trust their shot and stay in their routine and hopefully we’ll hope to grow in that area and continue to improve. So that was good to see today.”
Tech shot just 60 percent from the free-throw line (12 of 20) in Thursday’s overtime loss to Michigan State.
Brown knocks knee
Guard Chynna Brown left Friday’s game against Oregon State in the 11th minute with a left knee bruise.
She was able to leave under her own strength but had a slight limp as she took the bench.
Brown, a senior starter, was seen icing her knee in the first half but started the second half.
She showed no signs of the knock when she hit back-to-back 3-pointers when Oregon State cut a once 24-point deficit to 13 in the second half.
Tech coach Kristy Curry said she doesn’t expect the bruise to affect Brown, with Tech having a nine-day break between games.
“Just good to see her show some toughness,” Curry said. “I thought she came out and hit two big 3s. So it was good to see her come back.”
The senior starter finished with eight points (a perfect 3 of 3 shooting) in 10 minutes in Tech’s 66-48 win.
She played a game-high 44 of 45 minutes in Tech’s overtime loss to Michigan State on Thursday.
What happens in...
Oregon State coach Scott Rueck is probably hoping what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
His team lost both games, scoring a season-low in a 49-35 loss to Michigan State and following that up with another sub-50 point performance with a 66-48 loss to Texas Tech on Friday.
However, Rueck said the team used strong second halves in each loss, and he was pleased with his team’s response in both.
The Beavers lost veteran starting point guard Sage Indendi to a season-ending injury a month ago, and have been struggling to find consistent play from their point guards since.
“Facing teams like this it was great for us, even though we don’t like the scoreboard,” Rueck said. “Heading into Pac-12 play, there’s no breaks just like this tournament and so I was glad we got to play against two great programs.”
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen