Notebook: Sooners 71, Lady Raiders 62

Texas Tech was unable to overcome run after run made by the Sooners to snap a four-game losing streak.

* Texas Tech was unable to take down the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday night in its final home game of the season losing 71-62


* Game Attendance: 6,852


* The Lady Raiders fall to 17-12 overall and 5-12 in Big 12 Conference play, while the Sooners improve to 19-10 overall and 11-6 in Big 12 play.


Senior Night


On Wednesday night it marked the final time that Kierra Mallard and Jordan Barncastle suited up for a home game as a member of the Lady Raiders.

Both were honored before the game with flowers and special gifts from Texas Tech.



Tech's Struggles Continue


* Tech has now gone 3-12 since starting 14-0 on the season, the Lady Raiders dropped five straight games after starting 14-0 and now has dropped five in a row for the second time this season


* Tech led in the game once for nine seconds and that was the only time the Lady Raiders led in the game. Tech tied the game up once at 24-24 with 6:57 left in the first half


Sooners Well Balanced


* The Sooners led for pretty much for the entire game and their biggest lead in the game came with 1:45 left in the game when Oklahoma was up by 13 points.


* Aaryn Ellenberg led the way for the Sooners scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, 10 defensive, for a double-double. Ellenberg also had six assists in the game.


* Whitney Hand followed up with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Morgan Hook contributed 15 points


Multiple Lady Raiders Contribute


* Tech had three players in double digits as Casey Morris led the way with 19 points and was followed up by Shauntal Nobles and senior Jordan Barncastle who both had 11 points


One More Road Trip


* Tech's final game of the season is on the road as it travels to Kansas State on Saturday with first tip set for 6 p.m.


* After Saturday's game it will be back on the road for the Lady Raiders as they head to Kansas City to take part in the Big 12 Championships, which start March 7.



Texas Tech Quotes


Kristy Curry – Tech Head Coach


Opening Statement


"First thing I want to do is thank the crowd for their support, they've just been tremendous all year, I thought we had a tremendous crowd tonight to send the seniors out the right way," Curry said. "We're disappointed for our team and them that we couldn't get a win tonight. But I do want to thank the crowd, I want to thank JB and Kierra for all they've done and they've been about. We're just going to keep playing ball and seeing where it takes us here down the stretch."


Emotions of Senior Night


"Well I mean it's always emotional on senior night, so that definitely adds to it and anytime you have a loss it's definitely emotional," Curry said. "Obviously they're upset, I think you tell from both of these they've had tears in their eyes, so we all have. As a competitor you want to win every game and we came up short tonight."


Missing Opportunities


"We had a couple mental breakdowns, I don't think there's any question, you can think of two different three's on inbounds that we gave up," Curry said. "We had a couple mental breakdowns defensively, but you're going to have that at times, you just have to get a make on the other end. If you miss shots, you certainly got to go get stops. We couldn't combine enough of that with missed shots."


Facing Adversity


"Tonight we had an opportunity, you know you grow and learn from those things," Curry said. "As a coaching staff you look at yourself as much as they do on how you can improve and they're looking at themselves and we're all trying to bring it together to be better today than we were yesterday. Like I told them, adversity builds character, you either work on it or it works on you and we've got a choice every single day we wake up. Whether your faced with that in a basketball game or life, you know you're going to have to handle it.

"For whatever reason this has happened to us we have to rise above it at some

point, continue to stay together."


Casey Morris - #15 junior guard


"We still have opportunities, so I feel like we can build off all the positives and negatives from this season," Morris said. "Just staying with a positive mindset like (Barncastle) said and keep pushing forward every day in practice."


Jordan Barncastle - #1 senior forward


Goals from here on out


"Just go out strong, nobody likes to end their career on a low," Barncastle said. "Go to K-State do something we haven't done there before, win there. Bump us up, get a couple wins in the tournament, win the tournament and then go from there. Whatever the future holds, I think if we stay who we are and stay true to our character I think either way we'll be successful and it'll be a positive experience."



Oklahoma Quotes


Sherri Coale – Oklahoma Head Coach


Opening Statement


"I was really proud of our kids, I thought we really fought and we knew this Tech team would be ready and they would be aggressive, had a lot on the line as we all do in these final conference games," Coale said. "Tech gave us everything we wanted and then some, I just thought our kids responded really well. We've been working on responding than reacting and I thought we did a nice job of that tonight."



Aaryn Ellenberg - #3 sophomore guard


On what the team has learned up to this point


"I think we've learned to stick through everything, fight with each other," Ellenberg said. "We've had really tough ones, and we've had some really good ones where we've played well we've played bad. Overall just learning to play together and just really stick with each other when things aren't going right."

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