Mallard suffers knee sprain
Texas Tech senior forward Kierra Mallard left Sunday’s game with 58 seconds remaining in the first half with a left knee sprain.
Mallard made a short jump shot and then fell to the floor in pain. She was helped off the court and did not return to the game.
She returned to the bench on a wheelchair with a immobilizer on her left leg.
Tech coach Kristy Curry said Mallard will have an MRI on Monday morning. Her status is currently day to day.
A four-day wait, freezing temperatures and a snowstorm couldn’t cool down Chynna Brown’s hot hand.
After scoring 16 points Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla., Texas Tech’s junior guard poured in 19 on Sunday to lead the Lady Raiders to a 51-41 victory againstIowaState.
She was all over the floor at United Spirit Arena, sinking 3-pointers, penetrating the lane and creating offense with her authoritative mid-range jump shot.
“I came out aggressive,” said Brown, who got her first start of the season.
Wins and losses will be secondary when Texas Tech hosts Iowa State at 1:30 p.m. today.
Texas Tech will put on its annual “pink” game to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The Lady Raiders will wear pink jerseys and shoes, and fans that wear pink can buy tickets in the lower bowl for $5.
The number of turnovers per game for the Red Raiders is 17.2, the sixth-worst total in the nation.
The constant miscues have made offensive momentum scarce. By contrast, Wisconsin is the country’s most careful team with the ball, turning it over 8.8 times per game.
Texas Tech senior forward Jordan Barncastle was honored Wednesday as the university’s representative on the 2012 Community of Champions.
Only one student-athlete is honored from each of the Big 12 Conference schools based on his or her academics, community service, leadership and sportsmanship.
The athlete must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be involved with at least one community service program and demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the playing field or court.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas Tech found two ways to score Wednesday night against Oklahoma State.
Monique Smalls drove the lane and penetrated, and Chynna Brown worked off screens and buried her signature jump shot.
The Oklahoma State defense shut down everything else and helped the Cowgirls to a 53-49 victory against the Lady Raiders at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“We just couldn’t make baskets,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “Sometimes it goes that way.”
Marsha Sharp brought prominence and a national title to Texas Tech, but what she and the Lady Raiders did off the court sealed her status as one of Lubbock's most cherished figures.
What Marsha Sharp’s basketball teams did on the court brought national prominence — and a national title — to Texas Tech.
But what Sharp and the Lady Raiders did off the court sealed her status as one of Lubbock’s most cherished figures.
Having a presence in the community, Sharp said, was the most important thing her teams did.
February is moving month for teams with an eye on the NCAA tournament.
Some squads have all but locked up a berth in the tournament and spend the next four weeks fighting for seeding. Others still need to make their case for an invitation.
Count Texas Tech among the latter.
This is a critical week for the Lady Raiders, who are in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Big 12 Conference with a 4-6 record. Tech’s next two opponents — Oklahoma State and Iowa State — are the two teams it’s tied with.
Close … for a while
Missouri and Texas Tech looked poised for a game-long battle through the first 10 minutes of the opening half Sunday.
The lead changed hands six times and the score was tied twice during that stretch.
Then the Lady Raiders went on a 29-2 run to put the Tigers away.
“I really felt like out of the gates it was a really good game,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. “Very competitive. Both teams were playing really well.”
Tech played more physical, Pingeton said, and was too good with its post defense.