Tech Outlasts TCU To Win Fourth Straight|
Jan. 27, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech senior guard Chynna Brown scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her first career double-double to help lead Texas Tech to a 53-42 win over TCU on Sunday at United Spirit Arena.
Brown scored 13 of her 23 points in the second half while hitting five, 3-pointers - also a career-high. It was the third time in the last four games that Brown scored 20 points or more. During Tech's four-game win streak, the senior guard is averaging 17.5 points, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
"I wouldn't say I'm feeling it," Brown said. "I don't pay attention to the score or how many points I score - I just want to win. I wouldn't have got those points without my teammates giving me the ball or me coming off a screen hard, or just rebounds, offensive rebounds and going back up hard to the rim."
Tech (16-4, 6-2 Big 12) won its fourth consecutive game and is off to its best eight-game start in Big 12 Conference play since 2004-05 (7-1).
The Lady Raiders shot just 33.3 percent from the floor but grabbed 20 offensive boards and had 25 points off of TCU's 23 turnovers.
"It was just a matter of finding a way to win," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "It wasn't the prettiest today, but I thought our crowd was tremendous and really got into it and helped us at critical times. You're just fortunate to make a few more plays."
The Horned Frogs (7-11, 0-7) never took back the lead after Brown hit her second 3-pointer with three seconds left before halftime, giving Tech a 27-25 lead at the break.
The Tech came out in the second half with an 11-2 run that started and ended with two Casey Morris 3-pointers and another from Brown. Morris ended the day with eight points and seven rebounds while senior Christine Hyde recorded her first double-digit rebound game with 10 to go with seven points.
Senior point guard Monique Smalls was able to score five points, snag five rebounds herself and spread the ball around for a season-high seven assists - four going to Brown, who she enjoys watching score.
"It's been lovely. My assists are just racking up," Smalls said with a smile and laugh. "It's great to see your outside perimeters that work so hard in the gym, on and off in practice, on and off the court just going in and shooting every day. And for it to finally start hitting and working in the play, it just feels great to see them happy."
The Lady Raiders hope to continue that happy play this week and go for their first five-game Big 12 winning streak in eight years when it hosts No. 1 Baylor (18-1, 8-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday before heading back on the road to face No. 24 Iowa State (14-4, 5-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tech remains the only Big 12 team to defeat Baylor in a conference matchup in the last two years.