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Lady Raiders made enough hustle plays to comfortably defeat TCU

Tech scored 25 points off 23 turnovers, grabbed 20 offensive rebounds

Posted: January 28, 2013 - 7:52pm  |  Updated: January 29, 2013 - 12:53am
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Texas Tech's Monique Smalls(23) scores against TCU during their game on Sunday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Monique Smalls(23) scores against TCU during their game on Sunday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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A seven-minute scoring slump can sometimes mean disaster in college basketball, especially when many league games are decided by only one or two possessions.

So even when the Texas Tech women’s basketball team has been mired in poor offensive stretches, as was the case in the Lady Raiders’ 53-42 victory against TCU on Sunday, Tech has found ways to jump start the offense.

“It’s just a matter of finding a way to win,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said after Sunday’s game. “It wasn’t the prettiest today, but I thought our crowd was tremendous and really got into it and helped us at critical times. And you’re just fortunate to make a few more plays.”

Making hustle plays — such as grabbing offensive rebounds and tipping away passes for turnovers — is what Tech’s offense did best Sunday when the Lady Raiders shot 33.3 percent from the floor (22 of 66).

The Lady Raiders led TCU with 14:17 left in the first half, 12-6, then went on one of their longest scoring slumps in Big 12 Conference play.

Tech didn’t break through against the Horned Frogs’ zone defense until the 7:38 mark, when Kelsi Baker stole the ball and fed a streaking Chynna Brown down the wing.

Brown then dished the ball to Christine Hyde on a two-on-one fast break, and Hyde tied the game with an easy layup.

Two possessions later, after the Frogs regained the lead on a Kamy Cole jumper and Baker missed a jump shot of her own, Brown stole the ball and found Hyde again under the basket for a near-identical play.

The Lady Raiders forced the Frogs into a season-high 23 turnovers, outscoring the visitors 25-7 off takeaways.

Tech also grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, its highest mark in Big 12 Conference play this season. Brown and Nobles each had five offensive rebounds.

“We made them miss enough today, there wasn’t any doubt about that,” TCU coach Jeff Mittie said after the game. “Our defense was pretty decent. We made them miss enough ... but they cleaned it up. Chynna with five offensive rebounds really gave them some extra opportunities.”

Curry said the combination of forcing turnovers and crashing the offensive glass was what made the difference when Tech couldn’t work the ball inside against TCU’s zone and missed a season-high 19 shots (7 of 26) from beyond the 3-point line.

With No. 1 Baylor coming to town at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Lady Raiders will need to get those hustle points against the conference’s top scoring defense and top defensive player, Brittney Griner.

“It wasn’t our best shooting day,” Curry said, “and that’s something that we’ve been doing a better job with from the foul line and the field, but when you can control those other two statistics, it shows you right there that your heart’s on your business and that’s all you can ask.”

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So even when the Texas Tech women’s basketball team has been mir

The difference between a nationally competitive basketball team and the Lady Raiders is that the team is not consistently "mired in poor offensive stretches." The Lady Raiders should be congratulated on their excellent defense--it has allowed them to beat UT, TCU, Kansas, OSU, etc. However, if they want any chance to beat teams like Baylor or Stanford, Notre Dame or Connecticut, they have got to improve offensively--and not rely just on Chynna Brown.



Sure would be nice if we had someone over 6'3" that actually played in a game.

5 senior guards gone next year,... (4 new guards, and some freshmen guards that are hurt this year), No Bigs... and Baylor, Iowa St. Texas, TCU, OU, OSU, WVU, all have 6'4" or taller recurits signed and their "Bigs" that are out this year will be back next year (minus that man at Baylor- ever notice how it looks like the "Preditor" after the mask is removed)...

Think Tech's rebounding and around the basket is bad this year. Wait until next year... when there will be no scoring from anywhere, no rebounding...Tech will be the bottom of the big 12(10), .........USA will be a ghost town.... Curry will be back to the "we are young" we've heard the last 6-5-4-3 years.

( notice that Tech is second in the confrence, and the AP knows not to even rank them. :) - Tech has many loses ahead of them.



@PB1-you made some good points. The "tall players" are bench warmers that do not even provide an intimidation factor since they are almost never on the hardwoods. After Tech beat TCU I wondered if the Lady Raiders would get any love--after all they have beaten three formerly ranked teams this season and play in one of the strongest conferences. The TCU victory was worth eleven votes from the AP. Why? Because after achieving a top ten ranking last year, the Lady Raiders absolutely imploded. The voters don't trust Curry to coach consistently winning teams.

Unfortunately, it does seem that the writing is on the wall for next year--another undersized and young team that will provide lots of rationale for another losing season. Hocutt cannot be stupid enough to extend Curry's contract more than a year--assuming that she does well this year. He has got to be concerned about the plummeting sales, lack of fan support, and ostensibly poor recruiting. Maybe Curry has something planned that we do not see for next year. Of course, should this season go South in a hurry, in which case she may not have to worry about the 2013-14 season.

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