Senior night spurs strong performances, emotions
All five of Texas Tech’s seniors had solid games in the Lady Raiders’ 77-73 loss to Oklahoma on Monday night in the teams’ final regular-season game in United Spirit Arena.
After the game, minutes removed from the loss, the seniors were honored with framed-jerseys, flowers and a commemorative video.
In the post-game news conference, all five seniors spoke about their journey, and emotions started to show.
The normally rock-steady Casey Morris, a redshirt senior, choked up when speaking about her teammates, pausing for a few moments.
Morris transferred to Tech from California after her freshman year at California.
“I’m just going to miss them,” Morris said after she composed herself, tears still fresh in her eyes. “We’ve been through a lot, the good and the bad. It’s just like a family, and I’m just so happy that I got to be with these people.”
Two other players from the senior class also came from out of state. Mary Bokenkamp is a Colorado native, and Christine Hyde hails from Ontario, Canada.
After the game, Hyde spoke about how she would go to battle with any of her teammates.
“I’ll go to war with any one of these girls,” Hyde said. “Well I’m foreign, so we don’t have these type of personalities that just make you laugh, can make you cry. It’s just something here that I haven’t had in my life, and I have a very close circle. To say that I would go to war with any of these girls, I mean that flat out.”
Tech opponent still TBD
The Lady Raiders will be the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Conference Tournament with their 77-73 loss to Oklahoma on Monday.
Baylor finished first, Iowa State second and Tech tied with Oklahoma for third.
Since Oklahoma swept the Lady Raiders this season, Tech finishes fourth, and will play the No. 5 seed at 11 a.m. Saturday in American Airlines Center in Dallas.
West Virginia sits in sole-possession of fifth place, but will drop into a tie with Oklahoma State if the Mountaineers don’t defeat Texas on Tuesday.
The Cowgirls hold the tie-breaker over West Virginia.
Tech swept both teams this season.
Texas Tech post player Shauntal Nobles missed her second straight game.
Tech coach Kristy Curry gave a brief update on Nobles, who wasn’t on the bench in Tech’s 77-73 loss to Oklahoma on Monday.
“Shauntal is under doctor’s care. That’s all there is right now. We’re hoping she gets better.”
The redshirt junior missed part of the non-conference schedule recovering from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes numbness and weakness.
Nobles averages 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.
Senior Texas Tech guard Mary Bokenkamp got the starting nod for just the second time in her career Monday night ... Chynna Brown scored at least 20 points for the fourth straight game ... Monique Smalls’ 10 assists were a season-high.
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen