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No. 9 Baylor routs Tech 92-43

Lady Raiders start slow, never recover

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 11:16pm  |  Updated: January 30, 2014 - 3:08am
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Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) defends as Texas Tech guard Minta Spears, right, brings the ball up court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  Tony Gutierrez
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Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) defends as Texas Tech guard Minta Spears, right, brings the ball up court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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WACO — Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker said she saw a different side of her basketball team Wednesday night — and this time, it wasn’t a change for the better.

The Lady Raiders struggled on both ends of the floor against No. 9 Baylor in a 92-43 loss at the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears (17-3, 7-1) kept sole possession of first place in the Big 12, and the Lady Raiders (6-14, 0-9) lost their 10th game in a row.

Whitaker said she saw a “different side” of her team that was more timid and less aggressive.

It was evident from the start; the Lady Raiders couldn’t buy a bucket, going 0 for 12 in the first nine-plus minutes of the contest while falling behind 19-0.

To make matters worse, most offensive possessions, no matter the time on the shot clock, were one and done as Texas Tech pulled down only two offensive rebounds during that time.

“We can’t focus on the name of the jersey,” junior guard Amber Battle said. “We have to focus on ourselves.”

After freshman point guard Marina Lizarazu’s reverse layup finally broke the ice for Tech, her penetration made the Baylor defense collapse, opening up freshmen guards Minta Spears and Jasmine Caston for 3-point shots.

Lizarazu was an asset offensively in the first half, leading her team with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.

“I thought Marina came in and gave us a spark,” Whitaker said. “She doesn’t know Baylor, and you can tell. She made plays, got to the rim and found shooters.”

Senior guard Odyssey Sims led Baylor with 25 points, followed by freshman forward Nina Davis with 13. Senior guard Makenzie Robertson and freshman post Khadijah Cave scored 11 apiece, and freshman guard Ieshia Small added 10.

Baylor led 47-22 at halftime, then made a 16-0 run starting the second half to end any comeback hopes.

In the second half, all nine made baskets by the Lady Raiders were assisted.

“For a span there when they were pressing us, Marina did such a good job on finding Amber over the top,” Whitaker said. “We were aggressive in press break and got some run-outs that led to assists and baskets.”

Someone had to step up for Texas Tech as the Lady Bears made Battle work for every one of her 11 points.

Lizarazu chipped in nine points while Spears and freshman guard Ivonne CookTaylor each added six.

Texas Tech struggled against a Baylor defense that is No. 8 in the country, shooting only 31 percent from the field.

Throughout the season, the Lady Bears average 22.3 points off opponent turnovers and 19.6 during Big 12 play.

On Wednesday night, Baylor scored 25 points off of Tech’s 19 turnovers.

“(Baylor) is long and athletic,” Whitaker said. “They bother you because of that.”

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WHAT?

"Baylor is long and athletic and they bother you because of that"! Translated that means that Tech has one player that might start for Baylor, maybe not, and that Tech just may go o-for in the Conference. A possible win may be TCU in Lubbock. There aren't enough clichés in her book to explain getting beat by 49 points or by Abilene Christian by any number of points. What a mess........

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Players

Not sure what to say. At least compete and make other teams earn it.. Oh well.. Baylor is having a good run of athletes right now Players that wanted to come in and play on Griners coat tails last year.. Maybe back to the rec center..I mean drawing board..

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Dud

I think we hired a dud, and I don't care about the excuses that the cupboard was "bare." There is no improvement with this team. We have two women who are over 6'4", and yet they can contribute basically nothing? How were they allowed to remain on this team for three to four years? Whitaker was supposed to be a great recruiter--one of the reasons that she was hired. I am dying to see what she is going to do to get players to Tech. There was a time when this program was elite--it is now officially the absolute bottom-feeder. We can thank Curry and Myers for this mess. It is bad luck for Whitaker that she is tasked with cleaning it up, but she had either make quick progress or pack her bags. No one is going to wait around another three or four years for this program to become competitive. Lady Raider nation went from having one of the three largest fan bases to not being able to give away tickets.

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