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.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Opponents can count out No. 13 Texas Tech at their own peril.
The Lady Raiders once again found a way to gut out a victory Saturday, this time a 69-63 defeat of Missouri at Mizzou Arena.
Texas Tech trailed by nine early in the second half and went more than 20 minutes without a single point in the paint. The Lady Raiders also overcame foul trouble for post players Kierra Mallard, Kelsi Baker and Shauntal Nobles.
None of that seemed to faze Tech, which went on an 11-0 run during a four-minute stretch late in the second half to secure the win.
No. 13 Texas Tech overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to beat Missouri 69-63 on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
The Lady Raiders survived a poor showing under the basket, where they went a 20-minute stretch without a single point.
Tech (14-0, 2-0 in Big 12 Conference) compensated with eight 3-pointers from six different players.
Chynna Brown scored a game-high 17 points, and Kierra Mallard scored 14. Casey Morris chipped in 13.
Shauntal Nobles came off the bench to score seven points to go with a team-high eight rebounds.
ST. LOUIS — The last trip to Columbia, Mo., was a backbreaker for the Texas Tech women’s basketball team.
Missouri, which was 1-14 and in last place in the Big 12 Conference, handed the Lady Raiders a 58-55 overtime loss to conclude their turbulent 2009-10 regular season.