No. 21 Lady Raiders Top Texas, 75-71|
Jordan Barncastle led No. 21 Texas Tech with 19 points, 10 rebounds.
Jan. 28, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Jordan Barncastle scored 19 points, including a key three-point play with 24 seconds left, to help No. 21 Texas Tech end a five-game skid with a 75-71 victory over Texas on Saturday.
Texas led for just the second time in the game after free throws by Ashleigh Fontenette made it 71-70 with 48 seconds to play. Barncastle's offensive rebound and put back moments later gave the Lady Raiders the lead again, and a corner three by Texas' Chassidy Fussell bounced off the side of the backboard with 9 seconds left.
Texas Tech (15-5, 3-5 Big 12 Conference) avoided a six-game conference losing streak for the third consecutive year. The Lady Raiders were ranked as high as No. 10 after a 14-0 start.
Fussell scored 19 for Texas (13-7, 3-5).
TEXAS TECH HIGHLIGHT: BARNCASTLE & NOBLES
In front of 10,411 rowdy Lady Raider fans, Jordan Barncastle shined. In what was for sure a great personal win for her and the struggling Lady Raiders, the senior was 7-for-15 in field goals and notched the first double-double since her first start her freshman year on Nov. 21, 2008 with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
She hit from two spots in the paint, three mid-range shots, and attempted seven three-pointers. Only two from behind the 3-point line went in, but they hit when Tech needed it the most. Barncastle hit her first trey to give Tech a 14-4 lead after the first five minutes of the game and sank her second with 3:52 left, giving the Lady Raiders lead to 68-64. She and Shauntal Nobles lead the team in rebounds, with 10 each.
Head coach Kristy Curry was very proud and complementary of Barncastle after the game.
"She gives so much every day," Curry said. "I'm really proud for her. For her to do what she did on the boards, which I'm always on her about - it was a great effort by her today."
Before the game, Barncastle had noted how she wanted the win against the Longhorns in her last home game against them as a Lady Raider. Barncastle still remembers the 2010 double-overtime loss against Texas. The Lady Raiders had a six-point lead with less than 30 seconds left in the first overtime, only to lose in the second extra frame.
Barncastle started her first game this season and first since Jan. 22, 2011 against Baylor. This was her first start against Texas at home.
"I think that I was trying to be a little more aggressive offensively and defensively," Barncastle said. "With great energy, I think that a lot of things just fall into place."
Sophomore Shauntal Nobles also put up an effort to be very proud of. The sophomore started her fourth game of the season, and recorded her second double-double of her career and season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"You look at Nobles, how big was she?" Curry said. "She's got a chance to be very, very good. She hasn't been pleased with the way she's been playing, and we're just trying to stay positive with her."
- Alexandra Ellis / Texas Tech Athletics Communications