Tech gets first win in Austin since 2006
The Lady Raiders defeated Texas for the first time since 2006 on Wednesday, and it was just the seventh win in Austin in Lady Raider history.
Tech was close to winning last year, but the Longhorns used an 18-5 run late to win by nine.
Lady Raider coach Kristy Curry said she was happy for her players to win in Austin.
“For our seniors to win in Austin as a Red Raider,” Curry said, “that’s pretty special, so I’m really happy for our seniors and our team. Just great character tonight.”
Tech improved to 7-29 all time in Austin, with most of its wins coming in the mid 90s.
Morris hits rare
AUSTIN — Casey Morris capped off an impressive 15 points in the first eight minutes of play with a four-point play that put Texas Tech up 23-9 against Texas on Wednesday in the Frank Erwin Center.
Monique Smalls stole the ball down low on the other end of the court, then drove down inside the 3-point arc before spinning and tossing the ball directly behind her to Morris.
Morris, one of Tech’s all-time 3-point leaders, released the ball, which clanged off the rim and into the air before sailing through the net.
During the sequence, Morris was fouled and given a chance for the rare scoring feat.
She swished her free throw to give the Lady Raiders their biggest lead of the night.
After the game, she consulted with Tech coach Kristy Curry before stating she didn’t think she had converted a four-point play before in her college career.
“I just wanted to make all my free-throws, so I wasn’t really thinking about making a (four-point play),” Morris said.
Still time for Texas to turn things around
With a 66-59 loss to Texas Tech, the Longhorns lost their seventh straight game and fifth in Big 12 Conference play.
The 0-5 start is the worst for Texas since the inception of the Big 12.
However, the Longhorns started 0-4 two years again in conference play and still made the tournament, and Iowa State dropped its first five last season before eventually making it to the big dance.
Tech coach Kristy Curry said the Longhorns are “six or seven points away” from being 3-2 or 4-1 in conference play.
Texas has lost four of its five league games by less than 10 points, including an overtime defeat.
“We’ve got 13 games to go, and Texas is a good basketball team,” Curry said. “They’re very talented inside, and their perimeter play is going to improve.”
Texas continues conference play at 2 p.m. Saturday at No. 16 Oklahoma.
Texas Tech outrebounded Texas 14-8 on the offensive glass, its second straight game winning the offensive rebounding category ... Chynna Brown and Casey Morris each scored 20 points against Texas, which marks each of their highest in conference play this season. It is Morris’ high mark for the year ... Tech held its opponent to under 60 points for the 15th time in 17 games this season.
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen