Upset Repeat Denied

The Lady Raiders just didn't have enough in the tank down the stretch to overcome the Lady Bears and knock them down for the second straight year in Lubbock.

It was less than a year ago that Baylor walked into the United Spirit Arena as the No. 1 team and stumbled out with its first loss of the 2010-2011 campaign.

This season was a little different as it was the Lady Raiders (14-3, 2-3 in Big 12 Play) stumbling and dropping their third-straight game losing 72-64 to No. 1 Baylor on Wednesday night.

"We just told our kids, they're the exact same basketball team that got to 14-0, and there is nothing wrong with us," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "Credit the Big 12 a little bit too guys, we lost by three and one and we just lost by eight to the No. 1 team in the country, there are no moral victories and I take full responsibility for those losses … We'll turn it around and get going in the right direction."

The game started out like the February 19, 2011 meeting, but Texas Tech was unable to mimic the 15-point lead that it was able to get in that win against Baylor this time around.

The largest lead for the Lady Raiders was a three point margin with 17 minutes and 30 seconds left in the first half, while the Lady Bears (18-0, 5-0) were consistently up by double-digits for most of the game.

The Lady Raiders were able to hang close to the Lady Bears in the start, but a 5:10 dry spell where Baylor went on an 11-0 run and put the separation needed against Tech by pulling away to a 32-19 lead.

Crucial to that run was the play of Odyssey Sims, who finished second on the team in scoring with 17 points and grabbing five rebounds.

Sims was not the only player causing problems as Brittney Griner got 21 points to lead the team, but for the third straight game Destiny Williams recorded a double-double and got a new career high in rebounds.

Williams went for 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds - 12 defensive – to help pace the team and really power the Lady Bears in the win.

"It's a good win, it's another win to the rest of our wins, but we have a bigger goal and that's to win a National Championship," Williams said. "It's a good win to win on the road especially in a crowd like this, but we still have a bunch of things to work on to become a better team."

Baylor was able to hold off the multiple surges by the Lady Raider offense in the second half as Tech cut the lead down to six with 1:12 left to go in the game, which would be the closest it would get before the final buzzer.

The Lady Raiders finished with five players in double-digits, led by the play of Christine Hyde with 15 points, 10 of which were scored in the second half, and the closest behind her was Kelsi Baker and Casey Morris with 12 points each.

Outside those five players there were four points scored and those were all off the bench.

The Lady Raiders will try and right the ship and prevent a four-game losing streak against Iowa State on Sunday with first tip coming at 1:30 p.m. in Ames, Iowa.

With their next game in the sights Morris said the team is not going to be down but rather go out and get the next win under their belts and not worry about the past.

"Yeah, but it's just like any other loss," she said. "I mean we really wanted to beat Baylor, but we really want to beat every other team. We just want to win.

"We'll pick back up and we'll stay positive and beat the next team we play and the next after that. We're not going to hang out heads, we're going to keep playing hard."


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