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Lack of inside offense hurts Lady Raiders in loss

Posted: January 6, 2013 - 11:23pm  |  Updated: January 7, 2013 - 1:19am
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Texas Tech's Monique Smalls looks to pass between Iowa State's Chelsea Poppens and Nicole "kidd" Blaskowsky during their game at the United Spirit Arena Saturday. (Stephen Spillman)
Texas Tech's Monique Smalls looks to pass between Iowa State's Chelsea Poppens and Nicole "kidd" Blaskowsky during their game at the United Spirit Arena Saturday. (Stephen Spillman)
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The interior defense of Texas Tech couldn’t have played any better against Iowa State on Saturday.

The Lady Raiders limited touches, forced turnovers and committed few fouls against a Cyclone front line of 6-foot-7, 6-3 and 6-2.

On the other end of the floor was a completely different story, and perhaps the biggest reason the Lady Raiders walked off their home court with a 58-54 loss.

“Just finish,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said after the loss about what her team needs to do differently, “and I think that a little bit of that may come down to me doing a better job with making sure I keep some folks a little fresher, but I thought we really struggled.”

Tech’s three tallest players that rotated into the center position — Kelsi Baker, Jackie Patterson and Shauntal Nobles — went a combined 0 for 11 from the floor.

Christine Hyde, who played primarily at the four position, went 2 for 9 from the field and couldn’t slash her way inside like she has all season. She scored the Lady Raiders’ first points in the paint nearly 14 minutes into the game.

Tech was outscored 22-8 inside.

Baker, who played lights out on defense, got to the free-throw line and went a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. That was the best offensive production Tech got inside, as Iowa State’s man-to-man and, later, zone looks flustered Tech all night.

With the game still within reach in the final minutes, Tech got looks inside but couldn’t get anything to drop. Athletic takes from Chynna Brown and Monique Smalls inside were the only field goals the Lady Raiders had in the last 8:19 of the game as the perimeter shooting went cold, too.

With the bench largely ineffective offensively against the Cyclones — three points from a Mary Bokenkamp shot from distance was all the production Tech had — Tech’s starters were pressed into more action than expected. The Lady Raider starting five accounted for its most cumulative minutes in a single game this season on Saturday.

While Tech shot 29.8 percent (17 for 57), Iowa State shot 56.4 percent (22 for 39) to further hurt Tech’s cause.

“You know, we’re 0 for 7 with Nobles and Patterson (Saturday night),” Curry said, “and just kind of went with our first group there and we were going to live with it. The thing about it is we got some great looks. They made theirs, we missed ours. And the positive thing is we were getting good looks, and those are going to go down. We just got to get in the gym and continue to work, get shots up.”

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"Just finish" ...

... her off, please. Where is Bill when you need him? Aaargh me maties, off with 'er 'ead! Dave? Dave's not here, man!

"And I think...", oh, please do that next time you're supposed to be coaching instead of spectating.

"me doing a better job", oh yes, please do that also, we've only been waiting how long plus another 39 minutes, better late than never!

"I thought we really struggled." Gee, you think so. I think you missed your calling. That insight could have saved the radio broadcast listeners 2 hrs.

"we were going to live with it." I guess if some moron is willing to give you a 5 yr extension for 29-51 with no winning seasons, YOU can afford to live with it. Now she's just throwing it in our face. Bill!? Bill!?!?

Somebody else take the last paragraph, I can't take anymore tonight!


Kingsbury Is Up Against It

He's got to produce enough money for the entire program. The three other revenue sports are the worst in the league.



I think Bill was assasinated. Might have been LODOTX.


Kingsbury, KillBill214, and Krusty

Kliff has more than just his work kut out for him then, eh. At most schools that's also true, but he's definitely going to earn his keep.

I missed 214's post, but the allegation is he offered up his services for decapitation to a four-legged furry canine fellow poster. I'm assuming he and dave are getting their bp in check. Get well soon guys.

I'm sure lodotx will be back to fillet me when I critique Kliff's signing class here soon. There's time for things to change somewhat, but I've heard rb/wr and nothing about defense. I think the offense improved just by trading Brown/Doege for ??/Brewer.

As for wbb and Krusty Kurry, as I read the above article I just kept thinking "please, just shut up, don't you have any idea how dumb you sound". I don't recall our timeout situation (in a game that close throughout, you HAVE to save 1 or 2 for the end, HAVE to, is part of being a GOOD coach.

She recruited this squad, so play them. A good coach doesn't waste timeouts to give players a breather, that's what reserves are for. I'm not at daily practice, so I don't know just how bad the Schneiders are as athletes/players. But they are 6'5" with fresh legs, certainly must've had a better chance of rebounding the missed free throw than exhausted guards. They can't spell our undersized centers for 2-3 minutes each per half?? Then why are they on the team? Getting a scholarship? Because the "koach" sucks at recruiting? Kan't get ANYBODY from out of town that kan play?


"Curry is Just finished"!!!!

Pete, You are so correct ! On all your statements! We gave some big bench warmers!!!

I wish Curry would leave!!!

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