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Brown, Morris lead Lady Raiders to win at Texas

Tech duo scores 20 points each in 66-59 victory

Posted: January 16, 2013 - 10:06pm  |  Updated: January 17, 2013 - 1:32am
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Texas Lady Longhorns' (24) Chassidy Fussell drives and shoot over Texas Tech Lady Raiders(41) Jackie Patterson at  the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, Jan.16, 2013.    Ricardo Brazziell
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Texas Lady Longhorns' (24) Chassidy Fussell drives and shoot over Texas Tech Lady Raiders(41) Jackie Patterson at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, Jan.16, 2013.
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AUSTIN — The Texas Tech and Texas women’s basketball teams seemed to be heading in opposite directions after their game Wednesday night.

The Longhorns’ youth-centric squad didn’t know how to deal with much of what was thrown at them.

The Lady Raiders’ veterans knew exactly what they wanted to do and how to do it.

Senior guards Chynna Brown and Casey Morris each scored 20 points and helped Tech keep Texas at bay late in a 66-59 victory in Frank Erwin Center.

“We were composed,” Morris said about the strong finish. “The senior class showed a lot of leadership and maturity. I think that showed, and it helped us in the end. We’ve been in situations like that throughout the year and previous years, so we’re ready for it and we stayed focused.”

Texas whittled away a once double-digit deficit to 60-59 with 1:35 remaining, but Tech’s veterans turned back the Horns in the final 90 seconds of play.

Morris missed a 3-pointer from the corner, but Brown immediately snagged the offensive rebound and put it back in for some cushion.

Immediately on the other end, Texas’ Chassidy Fussell corralled her own missed 3-pointer, but then had her inside shot blocked by junior Shauntal Nobles to seal the win.

“I thought we showed great character,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “There were a lot of times when maybe some things weren’t going our way, and our kids really found a way to win down the stretch. And it’s just a credit to their character, and I was really proud for them.”

The victory puts the Lady Raiders (13-4, 3-2 in Big 12 Conference play) back above .500 in league play after a loss to No. 16 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Tech won Wednesday night because it stuck to the strengths the senior class has worked to cultivate.

The Lady Raiders looked at their best early in the game when they plucked the ball out of the Longhorns’ hands, tossed the ball up court and made easy transition buckets.

Morris said the team has been working on scoring in transition, and she scored 15 points as Tech jumped out to a 23-9 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

“We were just playing in rhythm,” said Morris, who hit her first five field-goal attempts but didn’t score again until the 8:37 mark.

Morris did hit a cold spell, but that’s when Brown came in.

Brown scored most of her points on jump shots, giving the lady Raiders an offensive weapon they’ve missed in some stretches this season.

Brown also made baskets to chop down Texas runs, and Morris’ 3-pointer at the 8:37 mark kept Texas three possessions down.

Tech’s whole lineup also rebounded Wednesday. The Longhorns entered Wednesday as the Big 12’s top rebounding team in the league, averaging nearly 48 per game.

Tech won the battle on the boards, 31-30.

Imani McGee-Stafford, a freshman, and Nneka Enemkpali, a sophomore led Texas’ attack with a combined 38 points.

The rest of the Texas team was largely ineffective on offense, and combined for 20 of the team’s 25 turnovers.

Texas coach Karen Aston, whose team has now dropped seven straight games, said she can’t get too mad at her young team because it’s playing with effort.

The Longhorns announced Tuesday that Cokie Reed and Chelsea Bass left the team because of medical conditions, and it would have been easy for Texas to crumble after a bad start.

“The story of at least, well, four of the games we’ve played in conference play is too many mistakes,” said Aston, in her first year leading Texas. “I think our effort and our attitude about the adversity in games is getting so much better, but the mistakes are still happening with turnovers and critical possessions where we make a mistake defensively.”

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Conference All Games

W L Pct. W L Pct.

Baylor 5 0 1.000 15 1 .938

Iowa State 4 1 .800 13 2 .867

Oklahoma 4 1 .800 14 3 .824

Oklahoma State 2 2 .500 13 2 .867

Texas Tech 3 2 .600 13 4 .765

Kansas 2 2 .667 11 4 .733

West Virginia 3 2 .600 11 5 .688

Kansas State 1 4 .200 10 7 .588

Texas 0 5 .000 7 9 .438

TCU 0 5 .000 7 9 .438

Tuesday’s Results

Iowa State 82, Oklahoma 61

West Virginia 58, TCU 50

Wednesday’s Results

Baylor 90, Kansas State 69

Texas Tech 66, Texas 59

Saturday’s Games

Texas at Oklahoma, 2 p.m.

Kansas State at TCU, 7 p.m.

Kansas at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

West Virginia at Baylor, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s Game

Iowa State at Oklahoma State, Noon

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Lady Raiders

Just got back from the game and the girls looked good, especially when the longhorns made runs. Great game. Keep it up.



not trying to be overly critical, but you are easy to please. The Lady Raiders looked good? This is possibly the worst offensive team Tech has had on the court in years....we should have beat this team by 20-30 points. Now their defense is not bad but I've never seen so many missed baskets (except on the men's side).



The Lady Raiders did look good because this is not and will not be a offensive team this year. The Lady Raiders receipe for a win every night this year will be playing solid defense and forcing turnovers. Tech will not score 70+ points on a consistent basis. They win by playing great defense and scoring in the 50s and 60s.


I am glad I was wrong

about this team's ability to win in Austin. They played well last night, and even though Texas is not a strong team, they will win some games in Austin, so it was good Tech was not one of them. Now beat them in Lubbock and it will be special. Too bad the LRs let Iowa State take away a home win, but keep on playing well, like last night, and they will hang in their for second place. After all, everyone else is playing for second place in this league this year, except for Baylor.


more experience

I see where one of the 6'5" post players at Tech gained some much needed experience again at Texas. She played 6 minutes, scored no points, no rebounds, and picked-up one foul. The other 6'5" post player didn't gain any experience.


I'm ecstatic to say my prognostication was erroneous !!

We beat the big orange pile of bovine waste in our first meeting of 2013. Hopefully this is a harbinger of better things to come this year for TTU athletics. I, however will not be as gracious as MaverickMatador and use the 'w' word. I blame it all on Tommy (sorry Tommy M., gotta call 'em as I see 'em.)!

Tuesdays "hoping to steal one on road" was another incomplete effort by the AJ sports section. Texas lost two players on Tuesday, but our 'preview' of the game did not contain this information. If you add the offensive/rebounding production lost to the box score, we lose this game to a young 0-4 team. Totally unacceptable. wscott is 100% correct (sorry coyote), we should have beat this underage/outmanned team by at least 20 pts.

All that said, I'm happy krusty finally kicked the evil Kows on their home kourt. I have no personal animosity with the kurry's. I wish they'd give her a lifetime kontract because she won back-to-back national championships. I also wish I had wings and a tropical island.


Reed and Bass


The story about the losses of Texas players Cokie Reed and Chelsea Bass was adjacent to the preview in print (I thought it warranted more than just a sentence in my preview).

Online, I blogged about the loss of Reed and Bass as soon as it came out, but I'm not sure if the AP article found its way onto the website.

As always, thanks for reading and for your comments,



You're a good man Tommy !

Unfortunately, the AJ doesn't deliver out to my neck of the woods, so I "share" a subscription with a Lubbockite, and I usually don't get to see the print version until 2-3 days later. I apologize, and thanks for keeping us informed, and me in my place. It's good to be reminded that I'm not as smart as I think I am.

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