Senior forward Kierra Mallard shot off to a hot start Wednesday, scoring seven points in the opening two minutes.
Her 3-pointer at the 18:09 mark was the last field goal she made, though. Mallard finished with eight points and was held scoreless in the second half.
Asked after the game what caused the letdown, Tech coach Kristy Curry was stumped.
“You know I don’t really have an answer for that,” Curry said Wednesday. “I’m speechless as far as just — I don’t have any answer.”
On Thursday, Mallard said she wasn’t being aggressive enough.
Texas Tech doesn’t have much time to wallow in the missed opportunity that was Wednesday’s 71-68 loss to Oklahoma.
The 10th-ranked Lady Raiders host a white-hot Kansas State team at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the Wildcats are coming in on a four-game winning streak.
“We’re not down on ourselves,” senior forward Jordan Barncastle said. “We came back with a good attitude today, working hard. Our goal hasn’t changed, and I don’t think a loss is going to get us down or change our motives. I think it’s just a bit of a wake-up call and we’ll be ready for the next one.”
NORMAN, Okla. — Texas Tech managed to pull out its last three wins by making just enough key plays down the stretch.
That magic vanished Wednesday night against Oklahoma.
The 10th-ranked Lady Raiders scored four points in the final five minutes, and the Sooners rallied for a 71-68 victory at Lloyd Noble Center, handing Tech its first loss of the season and snapping a 14-game winning streak.
NORMAN,Okla.– Texas Tech managed to pull out its last three wins by making just enough key plays down the stretch.
That magic wasn’t there Wednesday night againstOklahoma.
The 10th-ranked Lady Raiders scored four points in the final five minutes, and the Sooners rallied for a 71-68 victory atLloydNobleCenter, handing Tech its first loss of the season and snapping a 14-game winning streak.
Texas Tech’s last three victories have come by a combined 12 points.
Close games and grind-it-out wins have defined the last two weeks for the No. 10 Lady Raiders, but that’s not an identity the team wants.
“Definitely not,” junior guard Christine Hyde said. “We like to play fast basketball and push it down the court. We’ve been coming out really slow lately and that’s what we’re working on in practice, just coming out fast like we did in preseason.”
Kristy Curry expected to have Texas Tech turned around pretty quickly after signing on to coach the Lady Raiders in 2006.
Curry had known nothing but success at each of her coaching stops, particularly her seven years at Purdue, where she made the NCAA tournament every year and reached the finals in 2001.
But she soon came to learn what an uphill climb it is to rebuild in the Big 12 Conference, arguably the country’s strongest league in recent history.