Lady Raiders Drop Conference Home Opener

On Saturday the Lady Raiders suffered their first loss in conference play while Casey Morris surpassed a career milestone.

After opening Big 12 Conference play on the road and with a win, against a Top 25 team in No. 12 Oklahoma State, the Lady Raiders follow-up performance in their home conference opener against Iowa State was not an encore.

The meeting with the Cyclones lived up to Big 12 Conference standards, but in the end it was Iowa State walking away with a 58-54 victory.

"It was unbelievable effort by both teams," Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said, "I don't know if either team could have played any harder and I don't know if I've seen teams play any harder for 40 minutes and the Tech kids you can tell, they're seniors, they're well coached, they're committed, they're like us they do the hard stuff to win games and we were fortunate to get one more rebound, to make one more shot, and make one more play and as a coach all you can ask is that your team plays as hard as they can play and I think both teams played as hard as they could play and we were just lucky to have four more points at the end."

The Lady Raiders defensively played a sound game forcing 22 turnovers, marking the most Tech has forced an opponent to commit since getting Houston to turn over the ball 21 times.

Tech also registered 14 steals, eight of those coming from senior Chynna Brown and junior Kelsi Baker.

Baker not only was effective stealing the ball but also drawing fouls from the Cyclones, making her an asset down in the paint.

"Well just defensively I thought she did outstanding she just played really smart and heady and did a great job understand the scouting," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said following the game. "Anna Prinns only had three, but it's very difficult to score inside and we've got to understand that and we did some things and got some great looks at the high post but we couldn't knock those down and just credit Kelsi for playing really smart, I thought she played hard and smart."

With the turnovers came points for the Lady Raiders and Brown led the charge showing off her range hitting four three-pointers, matching a career-high, en route to scoring 19 points.

The double-digit performance marks the seventh for the senior this season the third-straight game where she has reached that plateau.

Along with Brown, Casey Morris chipped in 13 points, but it was a three-pointer in the first half that made history.

Morris, who entered the game with 997 career points, went to the free-throw line hit both to give her 999 career points, but then with 16:03 left in the first half Morris eclipsed the 1,000-point mark with a three-pointer.

"I wasn't worried about that I was worried about winning," Morris said. "I would have rather gotten a win but I am happy it was in front of our fans because they are so loyal to us and I appreciate them and am glad it happened in front of them but I wasn't really worried about the points and wanted to get the W, but we'll come back and bounce back and do good on Wednesday."

Tech is back in action on Wednesday against Kansas State with first tip set for 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on Fox College Sports.

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