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Ability to hit jump shots, stop Texas' attempts key for Lady Raiders

Posted: January 17, 2013 - 11:52pm  |  Updated: January 18, 2013 - 1:21am
Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 1/16/13 Texas Lady Longhorns' (24)  Chassidy Fussell fights for the loose ball with Texas Tech Lady Raiders(00) Chynna Brown and (42) Jackie Patterson at  the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, Jan.16, 2013.    Ricardo B. Brazziell
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Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 1/16/13 Texas Lady Longhorns' (24) Chassidy Fussell fights for the loose ball with Texas Tech Lady Raiders(00) Chynna Brown and (42) Jackie Patterson at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, Jan.16, 2013.
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The Texas Tech women’s basketball team played some of its best offensive basketball of the season right out of the gate in its eventual 66-59 victory at Texas.

Seven Longhorn turnovers led to 19 Lady Raider points in the first eight minutes, 48 second of the contest, and Tech looked like it might run away with the game up 23-9.

However, the Longhorns started getting players back on transition defense, and the fast-break points stopped coming along at such a rapid pace.

But that’s when the Lady Raiders employed some of its smoothest basketball of the season and prevented the Texas offense from using the same technique against them.

Tech’s ability to hit the midrange jumper against the Texas man-to-man defense proved paramount in its victory against the Longhorns — especially from Casey Morris and Chynna Brown.

“That’s good,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said about the two senior’s combined 40-point outburst. “I mean it’s really good when they can both come out and be aggressive and have some success early. That’s what we wanted to do. We’re always talking about hands and feet, ready to shoot. And I thought (Wednesday night) they did a great job of making plays.”

Brown and Morris each hit several jump shots, but they weren’t the only Lady Raiders recognizing their room to shoot.

Jackie Patterson, who has shown high success with her short jumpers, and Kelsi Baker each elevated to hit buckets from about 18 feet.

Hitting the jumpers also helped free up some driving lanes.

Baker, who only went 2 of 7 from the field, used nice pump fakes to clear up room in the middle, which led to extra passes for easier baskets and trips to the free-throw line.

The Lady Longhorns, on the other hand, struggled to find any kind of success other than inside, which led to a 30-24 Longhorn advantage in the paint.

When Texas needed jump shots late in the game when they were trailing by three, Brown and Morris helped collapse on Texas’ shooters along the outside.

Texas didn’t really have many open looks from beyond 10 feet.

Curry said Brown’s defensive play was stellar down the stretch, as was Morris’ along the perimeter.

Coupled with good decisions on the inside, coach Curry lauded her team’s cohesiveness in one of Tech’s most complete wins of the season.

“Our kids really did a great job of being on the same page,” Curry said.

The Lady Raiders return home for a 7 p.m. game against No. 23 Kansas on Saturday.

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The Conference is Weak...

and it might sentence us to more Curry-Curry.

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Reading my mind, you are.

I was thinking that yesterday when I posted, but didn't want to seem like I was making excuses in the case against krusty. Especially in light of the fact that we did win the game, which I was pulling for but didn't have the confidence. The conference is balanced 2-8 but weak at the top after Baylor.

The good news is that it's only year 2 of the extension, so I gotta believe nothing short of a final four should give her more job security. But I've been wrong a lot lately, so here's hoping for the best. Maybe she'll stumble into recruiting some players this year!

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