WNIT Notebook: San Diego 60, Texas Tech 51

The Lady Raiders fell to the Toreros in the third round of the Women's National Invitation to bring an end to the 2011-2012 season for Tech. Here are some notes and bits of info from the loss.

- Texas Tech fell to San Diego on Thursday night, 60-51, in the Sweet Sixteen of the Women's National Invitation Tournament


- With the loss, the season has come to an end for the Lady Raiders as they finish 21-14 overall on the 2012 campaign


- The Toreros improve to 25-8 on the season and move on to play Washington in the Elite 8 of the WNIT


- This marked the second meeting of the season between the two teams, first was in San Diego, which the Lady Raiders won 58-57.


Final Time in the Red and Black  


- With the loss, it marked the final time Jordan Barncastle and Kierra Mallard will play on the floor of the United Spirit Arena as members of the Lady Raiders


- Following the game it was an emotional goodbye from Barncastle


"It's been an awesome four years," Barncastle said. "I wouldn't trade it for the world, I've learned and grown into the woman that I've become because of this place, and these people here and this community.

"It's good."

Smalls Goes Down


- In the first half, one of Tech's most consistent starters, Monique Smalls, went down with an apparent knee injury as she grabbed her left knee and had to be helped off the court


"We'll just take it one minute at a time," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "She's in great medical care, and we'll get an MRI tomorrow and have really good answers on the situation."


"Well first of all, what an incredible fight it was for both teams, and my heart absolutely goes out to Monique (Smalls) more than anything," San Diego head coach Cindy Fisher said. "I hope she's OK. That's tough at any point."


A Game of Runs and Poor Shooting


- The Toreros opened the game on a big run extending their lead eventually to a 24-9 lead.

- The Lady Raiders opened the game shooting 2-for-18 from the field, and finished the first half 6-for-35 from the field and 1-for-12 from 3-point range and the free-throw line


-Tech was able to use a 7-3 run to end the half and pull within nine at 27-16 at the half


- Closest Tech would get was 41-36 with 8:12 left in the game, but an 11-3 run by the Toreros put Tech away despite a late run in the last minute.



Looking Towards 2012-2013 Campaign


- The Lady Raiders lose just the two seniors and have a group of freshman coming in for next season. Also Tech has a group of five juniors that are coming back as seniors and Curry said next season is on them with leadership roles.


- Nobles, one of the returners, said she learned a lot from this season for next year.


"Just got to be consistent and bring tremendous energy every time you go on the floor," Nobles said. "They brought that tonight and that's why they won. I've got to give that all to them, tough loss."


- Curry said she takes a lot away from the season and looks forward to the next season and the next chapter


"I think the biggest thing is, I'm extremely proud of this group and how hard they've stayed together and fought and continued to work through adversity," Curry said. "You know 21 wins and having a chance to advance tonight, and by no means am I disappointed, I'm really proud of this group and look forward to the future and how bright it can be."




TEAMS                       1     2      Final


San Diego                  27  33       60

Texas Tech               16  35       51


    FG%                            3FG%                  FT%


SDU: 41.2%               SDU: 44.4%         SDU: 73.7%

TTU: 27.0%              TTU: 30.0%        TTU: 45.8%




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