Curry notches 300th win
Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry earned her 300th career victory on her second try in Tech’s 59-50 win against Kansas State on Wednesday.
She started her collegiate head coaching career at Purdue 14 years ago, and has spent the last seven at Tech.
Curry coached the Boilermakers to the national championship game in 2001.
Curry, who won at least 15 games in each of her first 13 seasons, said the win total is a reflection of the people around her.
“It’s not just about me; I’m just a small part,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of amazing people around me, from my coaches to my players, to the support staff to my secretaries — every single person that’s been a part of my career — and I’ve just been blessed with some great opportunities and just tried to make the most of it.”
Before the game, Tech guard Casey Morris was honored with a game ball to commemorate her 1,000th point, which she scored against Iowa State in Saturday’s 58-54 loss.
Forward Kelsi Baker said she was happy to be a part of both.
“Casey’s 1,000th point, (Curry’s) 300th win,” Baker said, “it’s just a great feeling for the whole organization, the whole program.”
Lady Raiders rebound well on offensive end
Texas Tech outrebounded Kansas State by a slim margin in Wednesday’s win, 36-35, and notched 12 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds.
Tech forward Kelsi Baker, who had eight rebounds — four on offense — said offensive rebounding has been a focal point for the often-times undersized Lady Raiders.
“That keeps pressure on them if you go on the offensive rebounds,” Baker said, “because they have to keep more people in and box out. So that’s one thing that we love to do and that we’re going to continue to do.”
However, Tech also allowed the Wildcats to grab 13 offensive rebounds of their own, but the Lady Raiders’ defense limited their opponents to only six second-chance points.
Tech’s 13 offensive rebounds were its most in conference play this season.
Hyde bounces back
The crowd in United Spirit Arena held its collective breath with 14:35 left in the first half, when Texas Tech guard Christine Hyde went down favoring her left knee.
Hyde tore her meniscus in that knee at the end of last season, and Tech has already lost two players to injury and another that left the team.
However, after she walked off the court and took a brief stint in the locker room, Hyde returned with 6:35 to go in the first half, showing no signs of injury.
After the game, Tech coach Kristy Curry reported that Hyde was just fine.
“She’s good,” Curry said. “Prognosis is good right now. Hopefully she won’t be too sore tomorrow.”
Hyde, a starter, finished with four points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.
Texas Tech guard Chynna Brown tied a career high with nine rebounds in Wednesday’s 59-50 win against Kansas State ... Jackie Patterson’s 14 points and 22 minutes were the most since a Nov. 25 win against New Orleans ... With the victory, the Lady Raiders broke a 11-11 tie in the series history with K-State.
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen