Texas Tech Holds Off Texas in Austin|
Jan. 17, 2013
AUSTIN — Texas Tech came into Wednesday night’s game looking for its second road win of the season and first at Texas for head coach Kristy Curry.
Go ahead and check those two off the list.
Tech (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) not only scored more but also outrebounded the nation’s second best team on the boards – 31-30, including a 14-8 advantage on offensive boards. It was the first time the Longhorns had been held to 30 rebounds or less since Feb. 18, 2012 at Kansas State.
“I thought we showed great character,” Curry said. “There were a lot of times when things weren't really going our way and our kids really found a way to win down the stretch. That's a credit to their character. I was proud of them and proud for them.”
The Lady Raiders used a 17-2 run in the first half to take over the game for good after the two exchanged leads in the opening minutes, giving Tech a 35-27 advantage at the half.
Texas (7-9, 0-5) twice posted 7-0 runs late in the second half and cut Tech’s lead to one after Ashley Roberts’ 3-pointer and bucket by Imani McGee-Stafford with 1:35 to go.
McGee-Stafford ended the night with a double-double – scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
But Tech’s defense wound up prevailing in the end, much like it did throughout the game. Texas never got another solid look on its final three possessions while Brown nailed a putback and Monique Smalls and Christine Hyde each hit a pair of free throws to end the game.
The Lady Raiders scored 27 points on 25 Texas turnovers, including 14 steals.
“We were composed,” Morris said. “The senior class showed a lot of leadership and maturity. I think that showed and helped us a lot in the end. We've been in situations like that throughout this year and previous years so we were ready for it and we stayed focused.”
Tech returns home for a 7 p.m. bout on Saturday with No. 23/21 Kansas (11-4, 2-2) before heading back on the road to take on West Virginia (11-5, 3-2) for the first time in Morgantown, W. Va.