That’s Mo like it
Chynna Brown’s third game in the past four with at least 20 points has the Lady Raiders’ offense humming along.
In Texas Tech’s 53-42 victory against TCU, Brown scored a career-high 23 points.
But she wasn’t the only one lighting up the stat sheet.
Tech point guard Monique Smalls notched a seasons-high seven assists against the Horned Frogs.
She only had one turnover in the loss, and she averages nearly five assists per league game.
Smalls credited the work her perimeter shooters have done to help inflate her assist numbers.
“It’s been lovely,” Smalls mused. “I mean my assists are just racking up.”
Technical sparks Tech
A shot-clock violation with 4:29 to go in the first half appeared to give Texas Tech the ball with a 21-18 deficit, but a mad dash to get the loose ball resulted in a non-contact technical foul called on Kelsi Baker.
A non-contact technical generally is reserved for unfriendly words exchanged by players or coaches.
Tech coach Kristy Curry said she wants to go back and watch the whole sequence of events, especially the end of the play.
“I think I’ll have to go back and watch it on tape to get a better understanding of exactly what was going on there,” Curry said. “We want to make sure that we have great class and poise and calmness.”
Tech reacted to the Technical with a 20-6 run, putting the Lady Raiders firmly in control.
Curry said her team “definitely” responded to the technical foul.
“You know with this group, they’re going to respond,” Curry said. “So maybe in the end it was a real positive.”
TCU’s Latricia Lovings swatted away a career-best nine shots against Texas Tech on Sunday.
Lovings, who leads the Big 12 Conference in rebounding, is one of the top defensive players in the league.
“I know my biggest role on this team is to play defense,” said the junior center. “And I knew I had to play defense tonight.”
Lovings entered the game tied for the league lead in blocks per game (3.47) with Baylor’s Brittney Griner.
Tech guard Chynna Brown said the team has to stay aggressive, no matter how imposing a defensive player is.
“She’s pretty long,” Brown said. “She got a lot of clean blocks and a lot of blocks that weren’t clean, but you just have to play through it.”
Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots this past weekend. Tech hosts Baylor at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Brown wasn’t sure if facing Lovings is a good test for Griner, and the team will just have to wait and see.
“We won’t know until the time comes,” Brown said.
Texas Tech didn’t make a free throw until the closing stages of the game, and it finished just 2 of 8 from the foul line. TCU went 3 of 8 from the free-throw line as both teams stayed out of the lane ... The Lady Raiders’ 6-2 league record ties the best start to Big 12 Conference play through eight games since the 2004-2005 season ... Tech attempted a season-high 27 shots from behind the 3-point line. It made seven.
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen