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Lady Raiders hope to steal road win from reeling Longhorns

Tech plays Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Austin

Posted: January 15, 2013 - 6:49pm  |  Updated: January 16, 2013 - 1:35am
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Texas Tech's Monique Smalls shoots ahead of Texas' Chelsea Bass during their game last season. The Red Raiders will be looking for a rare win in Austin tonight. (Zach Long)   Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Monique Smalls shoots ahead of Texas' Chelsea Bass during their game last season. The Red Raiders will be looking for a rare win in Austin tonight. (Zach Long)
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A conference road win against a big-time opponent is like a doctorate degree or 10 years of on-the-job experience: They all look darn good on a resume.

Really, is there anything better than a Big 12 road win in college basketball?

Probably two Big 12 road wins.

The Texas Tech women’s basketball team (12-4, 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play) already has a strong win at No. 17 Oklahoma State. The Lady Raiders were in position to win at No. 16 Oklahoma, but all-Big 12 guard Aaryn Ellenberg had other plans (13 points in the final three minutes, 33 seconds).

But Tech has a chance to bounce right back and earn its second road win of the year against Texas, which was ranked in the top 25 earlier this season but is mired in a six-game losing streak.

“I think anytime you can steal one on the road, it’s definitely going to impact your mark (in conference),” said Tech coach Kristy Curry, whose teams have won just two conference road games each of the last two years. “So we understand that, having been through that before and how it’s worked for us and how it’s worked against us. It’s just the next game, and these kids have done a great job on the road of putting themselves in a position down the stretch to win games.”

In Tech’s four losses — two on the road and an overtime loss on a neutral site — the Lady Raiders have never been out of the game until the final minute.

The Lady Raiders visit Texas (7-8, 0-4) at 7 p.m. today, with hopes to be either on top in the final moments or within reach.

Despite Texas’ record — the Longhorns have lost eight of their last 10 — Curry fully expects to get Texas’ best game of the year.

“I think that it doesn’t really matter what happened yesterday,” Curry said. “It’s just about the moment. They were picked fifth in the league and have as much talent as anybody in the country. So it’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Playing the Horns in Austin has always been a challenge for Tech, dating back to the program’s inception.

The Lady Raiders are 6-29 all time in the state capital, with their last win coming in 2006. Tech didn’t beat Texas at all, let alone on the road, for the first 14 years of the program’s existence.

However, Tech did beat Texas twice last season, including a 81-58 thumping in the Big 12 tournament, so recent history is on the Lady Raiders’ side.

Casey Morris doesn’t look too much into the fact her class hasn’t beaten Texas in Austin, but she knows how key road wins are.

“I think it would be good,” Morris said. “We talked about road wins and how beneficial that would be to us. So just to get a game on the road (is good), but we want to win every game that we have coming up. So we’re looking at every game like it’s the best team we’ve played.”

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Women’s college basketball

Who: Texas Tech at Texas

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin

Records: Tech 12-4, 2-2 in Big 12 play; Texas 7-8, 0-4

■ Last time out: No. 16 Oklahoma 65, Tech 55 on Saturday in Norman, Okla.; No. 17 Oklahoma State 64, Texas 52 on Sunday in Austin

Last meeting: Tech 81, Texas 58 on March 7, 2012

TV: Longhorn Network

Radio: KLZK-FM 97.3

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Welcome to another episode of a basketball season ...


Okay, so Texas is 0-4, and Curry is 0-fer in Austin, so something HAS to give. Texas is the leading rebounding team in the conference, and we have Curry's lesser half coaching our bigs.

"Alex, give me (gulp!) Longhorns for 800."


'Name the coach who has never defeated either of the "Red River Rivalry" participants on their home courts? Or, what is an Indian sauce made with cumin and/or tumeric?'

"What is UT by 6?"


I hope I am wrong, but

I hit it completely right about Ellenberg and McFarland being the reason for a Lady Raider L in Norman. This time, it will be Tech's lack of rebounding and missing easy shots that will result in a loss at Austin. I realize that the Lady Longhorns are not going to lose every game in the Big 12, this year, but I really hope the Lady Raiders will buck up and win in Austin tonight. Otherwise, it is another in the ever-increasing embarrassing losses for this program.


Change of attitude

What we need is a change of attitude. The reporters comments reflect the attitude of the team and the coach.

“I think anytime you can steal one on the road, it’s definitely going to impact your mark (in conference),” said Tech coach Kristy Curry....."

When you say that you HOPE to steal one, you are acutaully saying that we are not good enough and unless they screw up, we should loose. This is a senior team against a team of underclassmen that has struggled to compete. We need to see someone with basketballs. Someone with a swagger. Not a team that comes in cowering. If we change our attitude, we might win some games with less than two minutes on the clock because we have confidence.



Have you ever listened to Kelly Curry talk basketball? Have you ever been to a practice to listen to him break down the other team's set plays in preparation to play that opponent? Have you ever listened to Kelly talk about how they want to attack a certain zone defense or how a certain set play is run (what options to look for first and what the second option is)? Have you ever seen Kelly coach the post players during their position work period of practice? I was just curious why you choose to describe him as Kristy's "lesser half"? Kelly Curry is an excellent basketball mind and is a very good coach.


a great job

Curry is doing a great job coaching those post players for sure. 2@ 6'5" and not enough talent to make layups in the pre-game warmups. Take your pick; they of little ability or a coaching staff that couldn't coach LeBron James. Not a good idea to have family members on the coaching staff; instead of one bad coach, you get two for one.


Solid Win

Congrats to Coach Curry & the Lady Raiders for a nice road win in Big XII play.


@ RR2007 - It is not a slight on Kelly as a human being, ...

it's just a play on words. I get that you have some personal loyalty to the Curry's, and I admire your tenacity in defense thereof. I'm hoping for success every time our gals step on the court. Have you not ever heard the phrase 'his better half'. By definition, that makes us guys the 'worse' half. Combine that with the fact that Kristy is the HEAD coach, so he holds a LESSER position, therefore the "lesser half" comment.

That's all it is, no personal dig at Kelly. More like just frustration at the current state of our program. I felt like we underachieved at 8-8, and that was our only non-losing season. The record is directly attributable to the coaching staff. It's either a lack of recruiting ability, lack of coaching ability, or both. I'm only 6'0" and have not coached women, and no, have not been at practice, so I can't comment on Kelly's knowledge or ability. Our record under Curry-Curry is now 38-65, and it's impossible to justify a 5 yr extension for 29-51 with no winning seasons, especially since 7-5 is 'change now and improve or else'.

It's virtually impossible for the average fan to maintain anywhere near your outlook for the program. Obviously, you must have some relationship with the coaches that 99.9% of us never will. We are senior-laden in the rotation, and will be lucky to finish 9-7. Doesn't bode well for next year, or instill any hope in the fan base, which is dwindling.

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