Texas Tech Weekend In Review

Here is a look at all that happened this weekend with the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders in all sports

This weekend was a busy weekend for most of the teams wearing the scarlet and black.

 

Bowless and Winless

 

The second year with Tommy Tuberville at the helm of the Red Raider Football program did not go as well as many expected or hoped.

The Red Raiders finished the 2011 season on Saturday with a 66-42 loss to the Baylor Bears, which gave Tech a 5-7 record on the season and 2-7 in Big 12 play.

Tech is only one of two teams, including Kansas, to not be bowl eligible out of the Big 12 this season.

The Red Raiders for the first time in 18 years are not bowl eligible, first losing season since 1992, first loss to Baylor in 15 years and the list goes on and on.

But looking at the other facts besides the losses, and stats and streaks broken, Tech had another rough year in the injury division.

Most Big 12 teams this season maybe lost a handful of players to season-ending injuries, but the Red Raiders had more than a handful.

Biggest loss was Eric Stephens, then Darrin Moore was unable to go at full speed after the Nevada game, the Alex Torres, Austin Zouzalik, DeAndre Washington, Aaron Crawford and many more were hindered with injuries as the season drug on.

So all the blame cannot be pointed right at Tuberville or the coaching staff, but really fate and some bad luck mixed in made it really tough down the stretch to win.

But there is always next season, another great recruiting class will be needed, players get needed surgeries and return at full health, and then the march to a winning season and bowl game can begin.

 

Perfection- Lady Raiders Improve to 5-0

 

Let's start with the Lady Raider Basketball team, who improved to an impressive 5-0 start following three-consecutive wins in the World Vision Basketball Classic.

Texas Tech in those three games won by at least 20 points, just dominating the competition as they rolled through UMKC, Central Arkansas and Louisiana-Monroe en route to a World Vision Basketball Classic Title.

Throughout the tournament different players contributed to the cause including sophomore Kelsi Baker.

Baker finished Sunday's game with a double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebound, which led the team. Overall in the tournament Baker scored 32 points.

Another Lady Raider that had a nice weekend was senior Kierra Mallard, who through three games scored 40 points and grabbed 35 rebounds.

Most Valuable Player of the World Vision Basketball Classic was Monique Smalls, who played exceptionally well in all aspects of the game.

Smalls scored 18 points, while getting eight assists while also being effective on defense with 11 steals in the tournament.

The all-tournament team was named and two Lady Raiders landed spots on their including Mallard and Chynna Brown. Brown has 28 points in the tournament.

Now the Lady Raiders have a couple of days before they take on the Texas State Bobcats here in Lubbock on Wednesday.

Tech will try and improve on their perfect record inside the United Spirit Arena against the Bobcats with first tip coming at 7 p.m.

 

Struggling – Red Raiders Drop all games in Orlando

 

While the Lady Raiders were able to roll their competition this weekend, the Red Raiders problems came out glaringly in the Old Spice Classic this weekend.

Texas Tech traveled down to Orlando to try and grab some wins against some quality teams during the Thanksgiving break, but were not successful.

The Red Raiders opened play against Indiana State, which Tech was able to come back against, but fell in the end 60-49, marking the first loss for Billy Gillispie's team on the season.

The next day Tech looked much better against DePaul, as the Red Raiders took a 37-36 lead into the locker room. But the Blue Demons came out in the second half going on a 12-4 run to take a commanding lead.

Tech would end up falling 76-70, putting them in the seventh place game against Wake Forest.

The Red Raiders unlike the previous game struggled in the first half letting Wake Forest get out to a commanding 34-26 lead.

Tech came close to matching Wake Forest in the second half point-for-point, but the first half deficit was to much to overcome losing 70-61.

With the loss to Wake Forest, the Red Raiders fell to 3-3 on the season and towards the bottom of the Big 12 Conference as well.

A couple of bright spots for the Red Raiders included the play of freshman Jordan Tolbert that carried the team through the first two games. Tolbert scored 36 points in games one and two, before only contributing six in the final game of the tournament.

Ty Nurse continued to have some quality performances including a team-high 19 points against DePaul, but struggled in the other two games.

The Red Raiders now will take the majority of this week to get ready for their next challenge, which is on the road, against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Tech (3-1) and Texas A&M CC (1-4) get underway at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Corpus Christi inside the American Bank Center.

 

Volleyball Season Ends

 

For new head coach Don Flora, his first full season at the helm of the Red Raider Volleyball program arguably went better than expected.

When Flora took over the program in January, the Red Raiders had won a total of 11 matches in the previous three seasons, and two Big 12 Conference games in that mix as well.

Flora took over and turned around the program quickly bringing the program to new heights with 15 wins, and only one win in conference play, with the Big 12 being stacked this season with talented and ranked teams.

The Red Raiders brought an end to the 2011 season with a loss to Missouri on Saturday in the United Spirit Arena and bid their two seniors goodbye.

Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers played their final game as members of the Red Raider Volleyball team and definitely left their marks on this program.

Dowdy, who was just selected for the second consecutive year to the All-Big 12 Conference first team, finished in the Top 5 all-time in career kills, and Top 10 in career attempts.

Meyers on the other hand as a setter finished her career in the Top 10 in career assists and career assists per set average as well.

The Red Raiders finished the season 15-17 overall and 1-15 in conference play. Tech looks to rebound next season as a new group of players come in, and the returners will get better with time.


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