The Big 12 title hopes of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders (23-4, 12-3) took a major hit following their loss to the Texas Lady Longhorns (21-5, 14-1). Jamie Carey scored 17 points to lead Texas to victory.
The first half was played close, with neither team able to gain much of an advantage.Texas led by as many as 6 ponts, but Texas Tech closed the gap to 3 at the end of the half.At halftime, Texas led 35-32.
Texas started the second half with an 11-2 run to take a 46-34 lead.Texas Tech responded with a 10-0 run of their own to close the gap to just 1 point with left in the game."I'm really proud of our players, and the way that we competed.I thought when we got down a little bit, we came back and continued to fight," Said Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp.Even with the run, the Lady Raiders were unable to take a lead for the rest of the game. With the game coming to a close, Jia Perkins made 2 free throws to tie the game at 65 with 51 seconds remaining.After a timeout, Texas' Jamie Carey made a three pointer from 23 feet to give Texas the victory. "We just made a mistake on the defensive coverage.We didn't come out and find Carey," said Coach Sharp."That's inexcusable at that time of game, and it really cost us."Texas won the game by a final score of 70-67.
The Lady Raiders played a decent game offensively, but the lack of perimeter shooting was a major factor in the loss."It really came down to a situation where we didn't make enough perimeter shots to win," said Coach Sharp.Plenette Pierson scored a game high 22 points, 18 of those in he second half.Jia Perkins carried the Lady Raiders early, and finished the game with 18 points.Without consistent outside shooting, Texas was able to concentrate on defending the lane.This made it difficult for the Lady Raiders to get consistent offensive production.Another big problem was free throws.The Lady Raiders made just 10 of 17 free throws today."I thought we lost a few points at the free throw line.They converted a little bit better there than we did, and honestly, that was the difference in the game," said Coach Sharp.The Lady Raiders have to shoot better from the perimeter and free throw line when they face KansasState on Thursday.
Texas Tech did exactly what they wanted to do on defense, but the perimeter shooting of Texas was too much. Coming into the game the Lady Raiders wanted to shut down Stacy Stephens and Heather Schreiber, and do a better job on the defensive glass.Stephens and Schreiber were held to just 11 points each, while the Longhorns were only able to grab 10 offensive rebounds."We were really excited about the way our post players stepped up and defended what I consider two great post players, probably All-American caliber players," said Coach Sharp. The problems came from the Texas guards, particularly Jamie Carey and Nina Norman.It's tough to blame the defense too much for this loss.