Stuck on 17 ...

Steve Strain, the voice of the Lady Raiders, gives his thoughts following a loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

When the Lady Raiders played Iowa State at home back on January 5th, they finished the game with 17 field goals on 58 attempts.  


In Saturday's 67-52 loss to Iowa State it was almost identical - 17 makes in 59 tries.  


I'm not sure what it is about 17 and Iowa State, but I am certain of this, the Lady Raiders had better hope either they don't meet up with Iowa State again down the road, or start finding a way to knock down more shots against them.  


In neither game did the Lady Raiders manage to hit 30 percent of their field goals, and they only scored 54 and 52 respectively in their two games against the Cyclones.


Saturday's start was pretty good, with Monique Smalls hitting a right corner three to put Tech up 3-0 right away.  


However, Smallls would go 2-14 from the floor the rest of the day.  But she wasn't alone.  6 of her teammates played a combined 57 minutes Saturday and went 0-10 from the field, with Jackie Patterson missing half of those for an 0-5 performance in 13 minutes.


Here's another one, the Tech bench followed up last month's 3 point performance against Iowa State with a 1 point showing Saturday.  


None of the numbers are exactly the remedy for winning in the Big 12.


So here's the good news.  I think if we were told January 1st the Lady Raiders would win 6 of their first 10 conference games we would have taken it.  


Second, of Tech's four remaining home games, three of them are against teams the Lady Raiders have already beaten on the road, and since they were able to win those games away you would certainly have to think they have a great chance of taking care of business on the home floor.  


And the last bit of good news is Iowa State is out of the way the rest of the regular season, and hopefully so are games where 17 field goals is all Tech could score.

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