Brown leads Texas Tech to win over Iowa State
Chynna Brown scored 19 points in her first start this season.
Feb. 12, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Chynna Brown started her first game of the season and scored 19 points to lead Texas Tech to a 51-41 win over Iowa State on Sunday at United Spirit Arena.
Tech (17-7, 5-7 Big 12) led by just two points after losing the lead momentarily before Brown's 3-pointer helped cap a 10-2 run to extend its lead to 43-33. Brown's eight field goals matched a career-high while scoring in double figures for the second game in a row.
"She has the ability to really create and be aggressive," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "She is prepared to catch and shoot, and be prepared to dribble for us. She is not afraid of that challenge; you've got to have somebody that wants to score. She just wants she team to win. I liked how aggressive she was, but she always is."
Aggressive was a perfect way to describe how Tech approached the game on both ends, holding Iowa State to 41 points and Hallie Christofferson to just two points. Christofferson lit up Tech for 19 points in Ames when the two teams met on Jan. 22.
One of the biggest consistencies this season for Tech has been the way its played on the boards, particulary on the offensive end. Tech came into the game averaging 17.1 offensive rebounds per game - second in the Big 12 Conference. Tech turned 14 offensive rebounds on Sunday into 12 second-chance points.
Tech sophomore post Shauntal Nobles had to play extensive minutes in the second half in place of senior forward Kierra Mallard who left the game before halftime with a knee injury and will be evaluated further during the week. Nobles ended the game with seven points and eight rebounds.
"I just wanted to be aggressive, and match up to their posts well and stop them from getting the ball," she said. "It was a good team effort today, and I want to do my best to contribute."
Tech will head back on the road to face Texas (14-10, 4-8) on Wednesday in Austin.
SPOTLIGHT: Chynna Brown
"Aggressive" was the word of the day for Chynna Brown.
The junior had 19 points against Iowa State on a snowy Sunday afternoon, leading the Lady Raiders in scoring. Shooting had been something rather cold for the Lady Raiders in previous games, but Brown just appeared to keep warming up as the afternoon wore on.
"I just felt like I came out aggressive and shot the ball well," Brown said after the game. "I shot the ball well today in shoot-a-round. A lot of those shots in certain areas of the court kept falling, so I just took those shots during the game."
Brown was also smart in drawing the Cyclone defense away from her teammates, giving them open shots. After a 5 of 10 start in the first half, the defense kept a closer watch on her, allowing three other Lady Raiders to get multiple field goals in the second half.
"Once you try to draw in their defense, one of us is open. So anytime I drew the defense, I just got the ball to one of my open team mates," Brown said.
Brown's aggressive play continued on Sunday after a 16-point showing in Stillwater on Wednesday. In her last two games, Brown is hitting 48.4 percent from the floor (15 of 31) while scoring 35 points. She's also been just as aggressive on the glass, snagging 16 rebounds.
"She is very tough, and she is very strong off the bounce," Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said. "She has steam and can take it to the basket. She, unlike a lot of players, can really stop quick and go up and shoot it. She has a great mid-range game, which in the women's game you don't see a lot anymore. It is post ups and drives and threes, she's kind of got a little more of an old fashioned style."