Lady Raiders Beat Mountaineers, 76-63

Casey Morris led Tech with 20 points.

Casey Morris led Tech with 20 points.
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Feb. 6, 2013

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech senior guard Casey Morris scored 20 points, knocking down six consecutive free throws down the stretch, to lead four Lady Raiders in double figures in a 76-63 win over West Virginia on Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena.

Tech (17-6, 7-4 Big 12) hit 36 of 42 free throws (85.7 percent) - its largest single-game total from the charity stripe this season. The Lady Raiders hit 30 of 43 vs Southern Utah earlier this season.

"We've been working on it," said Morris, who was a perfect 9-for-9 from the line. "It just shows how dedicated we are to getting better everyday and going and practicing each day and practicing on our free throws day in and day out. It's shown on the court, and eventually we knew it would pay off so we just stayed focused on free throws."

West Virginia (13-9, 5-6) led momentarily in the opening minutes of the first half and used its pressure defense to press Tech throughout the night, causing 18 turnovers that resulted in 19 points for the Mountaineers.

But Tech found ways to break the pressure defense throughout the game and used a 20-8 run to take a 29-17 lead at the break as the Mountaineers shot just 18.4 percent from the field (7 of 38).

"We've talked a lot the past two days about pushing back," Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "You've got to have a `push' mentality with everything you do ... I'm really proud of sticking with the game plan like the kids did."

The Lady Raiders continued to push back throughout the final 20 minutes and never relinquished their lead -- going up by as many as 15 while West Virginia committed 30 fouls.

Senior guard Chynna Brown scored 17 points to finish in double figures for the 11th time in the last 12 games and 15th time overall this season. Brown is averaging 15.8 points per game in Big 12 play.

Junior forward Kelsi Baker finished with 13 points along with senior guard Monique Smalls. It was Baker's 13th game in double figures this season.

Tech will head to Fort Worth this weekend for a Saturday night bout with TCU (7-14, 0-10). The Lady Raiders will look to win eight conference games for the second time in the last three seasons.




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