Curry Gets Win No. 300 as Tech Downs K-State|
Jan. 9, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech needed a moment to get its engine started in the first half but then never looked back as the Lady Raiders hung on for a 59-50 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena to give head coach Kristy Curry her 300th career win.
"It's not about me I'm just a small part," Curry said after the game. "I've had amazing people around me from my coaches to my players to the support staff to my secretaries -- just every single person that's been a part of my life.
"I've just been blessed with so many opportunities and just tried to make the most of it and I'm just happy we got a win tonight, that's the most important thing."
Tech (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) fell behind 8-0 early as K-State opened with a pair of long-range 3-pointers from Brianna Craig and a jumper by leading scorer Brittany Chambers. Then the Lady Raiders got to the foul line early and Casey Morris' only trey jump started a 22-5 run to help break open the game and take a 27-17 lead into the break.
From there it was the post play that sealed the win in the second half. Junior forward Kelsi Baker and junior transfer forward Jackie Patterson each added 10 points apiece in the final 20 minutes. Both finished with 14 points as Baker added eight rebounds.
The Lady Raiders scored 12 second-chance points off 13 offensive rebounds and added 21 points from the bench - the most in conference play for them.
Kansas State (10-5, 1-2) fell behind by as many as 19 points late in the second half before going on a quick 8-0 run to get within seven points with a minute left but never closed the gap completely. The Wildcats gave up 15 turnovers and shot just 30.6 percent from the field (15 of 49).
"It was a team effort," said Baker, who scored in double digits for the 10th time in 12 games. "We came out with a game plan of switching one through five. So basically everybody is guarding everybody. The posts aren't guarding just the posts -- posts were guarding the perimeter and we knew if we got beat that someone would have our help and we would help them recover. That was one thing we new coming into the game is that someone would have our back the whole time."
Tech begins a two-game road trip at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday at No. 16/14 Oklahoma (13-2, 3-0) before heading to Austin next week to take on Texas (7-7, 0-3).