End of a rivalry?
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair doesn’t want the Texas Tech-Texas A&M rivalry to end when the Aggies leave for the Southeastern Conference next season.
“It doesn’t have to be the last time,” Blair said after his 18th-ranked Aggies defeated No. 25 Texas Tech 67-55 on Wednesday. “If y’all want to play, we’ll sign a contract tonight. Hopefully when the dust settles, the egos will be put aside and we can keep playing each other.”
Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry said future non-conference meetings with the rival Aggies are unlikely.
Each game of the Big 12 Conference season has been a bit of a mystery for Texas Tech.
Sometimes the No. 25 Lady Raiders look able to beat the best teams in the country — which they almost did two weeks ago in an eight-point loss to No. 1 Baylor.
Yet other times, like Wednesday’s 67-55 loss to No. 18 Texas A&M, Tech seems to lack the toughness necessary to contend with the Big 12’s best.
Texas A&M football fans may be excited about their move to the Southeastern Conference next season, but at least one Aggie is sad to leave the Big 12 behind.
A&M women’s basketball coach Gary Blair, a Texas Tech alumnus, loves the Big 12, loves its coaches and loves Lubbock.
The Texas Tech women’s basketball team displayed a great deal of balance Saturday amid a Big 12 Conference season that’s been anything but.
Everybody who played contributed to the 75-71 victory against Texas, which ended a five-game slide. And it begged the question: Where has that level of play been for the last month and a half?
“Our backs were against the wall,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “At that point you’ve got to fight, claw and scrape. I think they’d had enough.”
Fans sticking with Raiders
Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry was confident when she spoke to the media Thursday that the team’s fans would show up for Saturday’s home game against rival Texas.
Even though the No. 21 Lady Raiders entered the game on a five-game losing streak, a crowd of 10,411 showed up to United Spirit Arena to watch the Lady Raiders down the Longhorns, 75-71.
Curry said the crowd was a big factor late in the game, when Tech was fending off a Texas comeback.
Former Texas Tech women’s basketball player Judith Smith died Thursday at the age of 25.
As of Saturday, the cause of death is unknown. Smith would have turned 26 on Monday.
Smith came to Tech in 2004 and played in 27 games as a freshman, averaging five points per game with a season-high 14 against Baylor. In her final season in 2005-06, Smith averaged 3.7 points per game in 15 games.
She played both of her seasons at Tech under former coach Marsha Sharp.