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Lady Raider notebook: Despite loss, Tech in good position in league play

Tech enters midway point at 6-3

Posted: January 30, 2013 - 11:00pm  |  Updated: January 31, 2013 - 1:32am
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Tech enters midway point at 6-3

Despite a trouncing by No. 1 Baylor on Wednesday night, the Texas Tech women’s basketball team enters the midway point of the Big 12 Conference season in good position.

Tech dropped into third place, a half-game behind Oklahoma (which defeated TCU, 74-53 on Wednesday), but remains in position down the stretch for a push to a return-trip to the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Raiders won only six league games all of last season, including two on the road. Tech is 3-1 on the road so far in league play.

Tech coach Kristy Curry said the team’s performance in the next month will impact its March.

“We have a great opportunity,” Curry said. “We’re so blessed with what’s ahead of us and to make the most of every day. It’s continued passion and improvement, that’s what we’ve got to focus on — and that’s what this team’s done every day. They’ve continued to have passion every single day and continue to try to improve.”

Baylor guards stymie Lady Raiders

Texas Tech’s guards have played some of its best offensive basketball of the season in Big 12 Conference play.

Such wasn’t the case on Wednesday night.

Chynna Brown, who entered the game averaging more than 16 points per league game, finished with 10 points. She had only two points in the first half, sitting for a period thanks to two early fouls.

Casey Morris, Tech’s leading scorer on the season, said teams have played tightly on them before, and the Lady Bears face-guarded Tech tremendously well in the first 20 minutes of the game.

“We just have to work hard to get open, and when we have open shots, take them,” Morris said, “and when we don’t, just be patient with it and let the game come to us.”

Fans come out
in droves

Texas Tech hosted its biggest crowd of the season in Wednesday’s 90-60 loss to No. 1 Baylor.

The Lady Bears draw an average of 7,282 fans on the road this season, tops in the Big 12 Conference.

Brittney Griner, one of the best women to play college basketball in the history of the sport, is a big part of the large crowds, and she didn’t disappoint the 12,871 fans at Wednesday’s game.

It was the largest crowd at Tech in the Kristy Curry.

“I though the fans were great,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “It’s good to see fans like that on the road, whether they’re pulling for you or not, because it’s great for women’s basketball.”

For the first time this season, fans were seated in the upper deck of the United Spirit Arena for a women’s basketball game. Even when Tech was down by 20 in the second half, the crowd cheered loudly during every positive Lady Raider play.

Even though Tech was disappointed not to give its home crowd another win against No. 1 Baylor, coach Kristy Curry appreciated the crowd all the same.

“The thing about it is all 18 games are equally important,” Curry said, “and if we can get everybody back here (next) Wednesday night — it’s think pink, $5 tickets — you know we just appreciate everyone for coming out tonight but we really wish that they would come out and support these kids every night. We’re off to a great start and have a great opportunity with nine games to go and a lot to look forward to.”

Free Throws

Texas Tech forced a season-low eight turnovers in the loss ... Tech’s 30 point loss was the worst since a 2010 loss at Texas (81-51) ... Baylor has now won 31 straight regular-season Big 12 Conference games, dating back to its 56-45 loss to Tech two seasons ago.

Compiled by Tommy Magelssen

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