Blessing in Disguise?

Steve Strain, the play-by-play voice for the Lady Raiders, weighs in on Tech's 90-60 loss to Baylor.

I understand there's nothing fun about losing by 30, but I'm a "glass half full" kind of guy and Coach Curry is that kind of gal.  


And all the Lady Raiders and fans CAN do is try and use Wednesday's 90-60 loss to Baylor as a way to get better for the home stretch of the season. And knowing this staff and team, I have a feeling they will.


While at times there wasn't much that could be done to stop Brittney Griner, who scored 40 points on the night, there were actually some things that could have been prevented that the Lady Raiders will see on film and almost certainly fix not only by the next time they face Baylor, but even in their next game at Iowa State and throughout the rest of the season.


Griner is almost always going to get hers and certainly Wednesday she did.  


But I believe Baylor is still beatable if the supporting cast is held in check and Wednesday it wasn't.  


Most notably was Brooklyn Pope's 14 points on 7-12 shooting and many of her scoring plays were entirely too easy.


Also, if you take away Griner's seven defensive boards, Baylor still outrebounds the Lady Raiders in that category by two.


The point being as easy as it is to get caught up in Griner's gaudy numbers, Baylor has many more talented pieces to their puzzle.  Would shutting down the others matter Wednesday?  


Probably not at all.  


But this season doesn't revolve around Wednesday.  However it can be helped by it.  


So let's see how this team responds Saturday at Iowa State.  While, I'm not promising victory, I am pretty certain for a more competitive game.  


Not just because my glass still is half full, but because I know what this team is made of from Head Coach to equipment manager.


And they won't leave Ames without a very good fight.  


Look forward to reporting back then...

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