Texas Tech hit some key shots.
It forced turnovers. And for nearly three quarters it gave No. 4 Baylor all it could handle.
It just wasn’t nearly enough in the end.
The Lady Bears used a third quarter surge to put away the Lady Raiders 66-36 on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena.
“We couldn’t hang with them because we were not scoring the basketball,” Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker said. “I thought we took good shots for the most part, but it seemed like they were all rimming out for a period there. We couldn’t get one to go down.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: TEXAS TECH VS. NO. 4 BAYLOR
2 P.M. SATURDAY, UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders took a couple of days off this week to rest. They needed to be as fresh as possible with No. 4 Baylor coming into town on Saturday at 2 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena. Texas Tech had its bye this week and hasn’t played since a Feb. 7 loss at Oklahoma State.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas Tech responded, but couldn’t quite come up with an answer for Brittney Martin.
Lady Raiders coach Candi Whitaker went off on her team after a 22-point loss to West Virginia earlier in the week, saying the lack of energy her team showed was “ridiculous.”
Sunday, Texas Tech played a full four quarters. It just wasn’t enough to win on the road in the Big 12 against an Oklahoma State team that came into the game with five straight wins, including two over its in-state rival, Oklahoma.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
TEXAS TECH VS. OKLAHOMA STATE
1 P.M. SUNDAY, STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA
A new focus
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are re-prioritizing. After a 22-point loss to West Virginia on Tuesday, Tech is taking a new self-centered approach to the game when it squares off against Oklahoma State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Stillwater Oklahoma.
At least Candi Whitaker doesn’t have to listen to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got you Babe” when she wakes up every morning.
But, for the Texas Tech women’s basketball coach, every day has been Groundhog Day this season — not just Tuesday when the Lady Raiders once again got off to a slow start and lost by 27 to West Virginia.
Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker thought her Lady Raiders’ performance in the first quarter was “ridiculous.”
Heck, Texas Tech forgot what the play was after the opening tip.
It didn’t get much better from there. Tech was outscored by 20 points in the opening quarter as it fell 69-42 to West Virginia on Tuesday at United Supermarkets Arena.
The Mountaineers opened the game with a 24-2 run, with Texas Tech not getting its second basket, a layup by Ivonne CookTaylor, until 43 seconds remained in the first quarter.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
TEXAS TECH VS. WEST VIRGINIA
6 P.M. TUESDAY, UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Texas Tech lost to West Virginia by 22 points on Jan. 9. Less than a month later, the Lady Raiders get a shot a redemption when the two teams square off Tuesday at 6 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena (Fox Sports 2, 107.7 FM, 950 AM)
It won’t be easy, though.
Japreece Dean is a frontrunner for Big 12 freshman of the year.
The Texas Tech point guard has won the weekly award four times. And after scoring 21 points and pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out four assists in a 54-44 win over Kansas on Saturday, she gained another supporter — Jayhawks coach Brandon Schneider.
“Japreece really controlled the game. She is having a really good year and I hope she gets some strong consideration as one for the better freshmen in the league,” Schneider said. “She is a heck of a player and has a bright future.”
Japreece Dean does what Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker tells her to do — usually.
And the freshman point guard listened pretty well Saturday.
Dean scored 21 points and got to the free-throw line 12 times as the Lady Raiders defeated Kansas 54-44 at United Supermarkets Arena.
“I think it is important we all get to the line because it helps out a lot and we haven’t been getting to the line at all,” Dean said. “Coach has been telling me to get there and I do what she says — most of the time.”