NORMAN, OK - The Big 12’s best 3-point shooting team couldn’t get much of anything to fall from the perimeter.
Texas Tech, a team that averages 40 percent from deep, owas held to 20 percent Saturday afternoon against the Sooners.
Those offensive woes, however, weren’t limited to the 3-point shot as the Lady Raiders fell 66-45 to No. 22 Oklahoma at the Lloyd Noble Center.
On the afternoon, Texas Tech finished shooting 29.7 percent from the floor, its lowest percentage of the season and well below its 45.8 percent average.
“We didn’t really run our offense,” Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker said.
Larryn Brooks led the Lady Raiders with 12 points, followed by Jada Terry with 10.
The Lady Raiders were also without Arella Guirantes who was coming off her third career double-double in Tech’s win over West Virginia.
She had a boot on her left foot.
“She’ll be back,” Whitaker said. “She just sprained her ankle yesterday. It’s not anything she won’t come back from. We expect her the next game.”
The Lady Raiders got out to just about as cold a start as the temperature outside in Norman.
Texas Tech missed its first eight shots of the game as Oklahoma raced out to an 11-0 start.
Instead of giving up, the Lady Raiders kept fighting to get back into the game behind their zone defense.
The Sooners started the game shooting 5-for-9 from the floor but finished the first quarter 2-for-11.
Texas Tech, behind better halfcourt defense, scored five points off a pair of offensive boards.
After cutting Oklahoma’s lead to seven to end the first quarter, the deficit was never that close again.
Shots just weren’t falling.
And the execution wasn’t there.
“We weren’t getting to more than one side,” Whitaker said. “We weren’t reading screens, setting screens. We were sped up for whatever reason. I thought once the shots weren’t going our execution got worse. That’s when it has to get better.”
For a team that averages 12.9 assists per game, the Lady Raiders had merely a third of that total after the first half.
Offensively, Texas Tech mostly attacked one on one with plenty of isolation and a lot of dribbling.
While this scheme did get the Lady Raiders some good looks at the basket, it didnt’ give them many great ones as the Oklahoma defense wasn’t having to shift as much due to the lack of ball movement.
And that’s not ideal against one of the top defenses in the conference
Oklahoma entered Saturday’s contest atop the Big 12 with 10.5 steals per contest.
The Sooners finished with eight against Texas Tech as they scored 13 points off 16 Lady Raider turnovers.
Overall, Oklahoma finished shooting 42.2 percent from the floor.
Peyton Little led the Sooners with 18 points, followed by Gabbi Ortiz and Vionise Pierre-Louis with 10 each.
Player of the game
Peyton Little was all over the floor for Oklahoma. She finished with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a pair of blocks against the Lady Raiders.
Why Texas Tech lost
Usually one of the better offenses in the Big 12 couldn’t get shots to fall. The Lady Raiders did get some good looks that they just couldn’t convert on, but they could have gotten better looks with better ball movement. Against Oklahoma, there wasn’t really a spot on the floor where a Lady Raider had a clear one on one advantage.
Texas Tech gets a break before the Lady Raiders host Texas at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 21.