Lady Raiders fall in WNIT Third Round to San Diego|
Jordan Barncastle scored 14 points in her final game.
March 22, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Morgan Woodrow scored 17 points to lead three San Diego players in double figures as the Toreros won, 60-51 on Thursday night at United Spirit Arena, eliminating Texas Tech from the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
Tech (21-14) shot just 17 percent in the first half and 27 percent (17 of 63) overall in the game. Senior Jordan Barncastle, in her final game as a Lady Raider, led Tech with 14 points and a career-high four, 3-pointers. Sophomore Shauntal Nobles wound up as the leading rebounder of the game with 19 - including 12 on the offensive boards.
"You know what, when you miss 46 shots and 13 free throws and you come and you're aggressive and we're trying real hard - you just tell them to keep shooting it," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "But we have to work on our mental toughness as far as when we miss a shot. Don't focus on missing but focus on making the next one and just staying positive with it. It's kind of the problem that's plagued us at times throughout the year. It's not a lack of effort. Sometimes you just can't get the ball to go in."
The Lady Raiders had just three turnovers at the midway point but ended up with nine overall and played the whole second half without junior point guard Monique Smalls, who went down with a knee injury just before the break and never returned.
San Diego (25-8) hit six of its first 12 shots to jump out to a 14-5 lead - which it never relinquished the entire game. The Toreros hit 41 percent from the field and withstood a late comeback attempt near the end by hitting 14 of 19 free throws.
Tech ends the season with 20-plus wins for the second consecutive year under Curry and will return 10 of 12 players next season - losing only Barncastle and Kierra Mallard. Mallard ended the game with 7 points and four rebounds.
"It's been an awesome four years," Barncastle said. "I wouldn't trade it for the world. I've learned and grown into the woman that I've become because of this place and these people here and this community. It was good."