Curry responds to rowdy fans
AMES, Iowa — Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry took to her players’ defense after what she deemed unsportsmanlike comments from the fans surrounding the Tech bench during the Lady Raiders’ 67-52 loss to Iowa State on Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
Tech trailed 61-46 with four minutes, 29 seconds left in the game when Kelsi Baker headed to the free-throw line.
During the play stoppage, Curry responded to fan comments by shouting “Hey, why don’t you shut up?” toward a group of fans in the student section.
She didn’t say exactly what was said by the fans, but she said the situation was taken care of. Curry said fans were berating her players by first name, and she had enough.
“I think when it gets a little personal it’s a little bit much,” Curry said in the postgame news conference about fan comments. “So it’s more about defending our kids on the bench and doing things the right way. There’s a way to be a fan and a way not to be. Obviously I just wanted to handle that the best way I could because I was a little concerned there.”
After the game, reports on Twitter and multiple accounts from fans in the student section said Tech’s Christine Hyde had made an obscene hand gesture toward the crowd, which helped spark the incident.
Several students confirmed Hyde made the gestures, but neither Curry nor Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said they had any knowledge of it
“If that happened,” Curry said, “we will handle that, believe me, as a team and internally.”
Fennelly said he did not see or hear any of the interaction between Curry and the crowd, and he hopes his fans know when not to cross the line. He said he will speak with Curry if his fans were acting inappropriately.
“On a good note for our fans, that’s exactly what I get when I go to Tech,” Fennelly mused. “So maybe they knew that. But seriously that’s not right if they did something. Our fans are tremendous, they understand the game.”
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Iowa State Bill Fennelly gave his players all the credit for taking inside shots and pounding away at Texas Tech.
The Cyclones made 16 of their 21 field goals within about 6 feet, owning a 26-14 advantage inside the paint.
He told point guard Nikki Moody to treat the match like a football game.
“We’re just going to run it down their throat — that’s all I told them,” Fennelly said. “Just hand it off, and 3 yards, 4 yards, just run it down their throat, eat up the clock and get to the free-throw line.”
The first time around Iowa State and Tech played, the cyclones made 9 of 15 shots from behind the 3-point line, so Saturday was a stark contrast.
Fennelly only wanted his players taking high-percentage shots Saturday, so he made sure his players knew his thoughts on the 3-point line.
“The only thing I said is, ‘if you shoot a 3, you better be wide ... open,’” said Fennelly, knocking on the table three times between the words “wide” and “open” to indicate he may have used further adjectives to his team that he wasn’t going to repeat postgame.
Baker shines on offense
Kelsi Baker was the only Texas Tech player who shot better than 50 percent in Saturday’s 67-52 loss to No. 23 Iowa State.
She hit a pair of jump shots, was perfect from the free-throw line (5 for 5) and had 16 points, which marks a new high for Baker in Big 12 Conference play.
Baker hadn’t scored in double digits before Wednesday’s loss to Baylor, but she scored 12 points to keep her season average about 9.9 points per game.
Despite a solid performance from Baker, the rest of her teammates couldn’t duplicate her shooting touch.
The Lady Raiders not named Kelsi were 12 for 51 from the floor Saturday (23.5 percent).
Tech had trouble scoring inside, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
“We just wanted to stay aggressive,” Baker said. “We wanted to keep going at them. We felt like we got good shots, we just missed them.”
Iowa State’s Anna Prins needs seven points to reach the 1,000 mark for her career ... Texas Tech point guard Monique Smalls shot a season-high 15 times Saturday, making three of them ... Tech has now lost back-to-back games for just the first time this season.
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen