Texas Tech Knocks Out No. 1 Baylor

Texas Tech had not beat a No. 1 opponent in seven years and had not beat Baylor in its last 10 attempts, then everything came together on Saturday.

LUBBOCK — Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry said on Wednesday that a win over No. 1 Baylor would certainly "improve" the Lady Raiders' resume.

Consider their resume officially entered to the NCAA Tournament committee.

Tech (19-7, 6-6 Big 12) held off No. 1 Baylor throughout the second half, beating the Lady Bears 56-45, earning its first win over a No. 1 team and vindicating last year's debacle between Jordan Barncastle and Brittney Griner.

"I'm just so incredibly excited for these kids," Curry said. "It's all about these kids and how hard they've worked and how much they believed in what we're doing  and where we're trying to get as a program. This is just another step forward but we have to understand that it's only one win and I think we helped our resume a little bit today."

Baylor (24-2, 11-1) lost for the first time in 22 games and had its worst field goal percentage (25.9) this season as well as its lowest point total (45).

The Lady Bears never held another lead after the 7:10 mark in the first half as Tech managed to keep small runs consistently throughout the game — especially in the second half.

The Lady Raiders struggled from the floor on Wednesday night in their win over No. 20 Iowa State, watching a 19-point lead disappear before outscoring the Cyclones in the final five minutes.

Curry talked about keeping small, four-minute segments in Tech's favor and keep Baylor away from a big, overwhelming run.

"I think we're pretty fortunate that we won every four-minute segment," she said. "We explained that we were going to make a run and we just had to sustain it and make ours a little longer and stick together."

It was easily the most emotional win for Tech in recent memory, especially considering the events at United Spirit Arena last season that ended with a punch by Griner at Barncastle, perhaps changing the Tech player for the last year.

Barncastle played only three minutes and did not make her only attempted shot, but a tearful Curry felt it was necessary to give her the game ball after the fans swarmed the court at the end of the game.

"She deserved that. She may have only played three minutes today. … But the bottom line, Jordan's an incredible lady and she deserved that game ball today."

Travis Cram is the Managing Editor for RaiderPower.com. You can email him at travis.f.cram@gmail.com or follow his daily updates on Twitter.

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