Tech Runs Away With Win Over New Orleans|
Nov. 25, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Casey Morris finished off her big weekend with 16 points and MVP honors to lead Texas Tech to an 81-38 win over New Orleans on Sunday at United Spirit Arena as Tech captured the Basketball Travelers Invitational title for the third-straight year.
Junior transfer Jackie Patterson equaled Morris with 16 points off the bench and notched her first double-double as a Lady Raider by adding 10 rebounds. Kelsi Baker scored in double digits for the third-straight game with 11 and senior Chynna Brown also added 11 in the win.
Baker and Christine Hyde were named to the Basketball Travelers Invitational All-Tournament Team.
"I think you have to like the way our kids approached the weekend," Tech head coach Kristy Curry, who won her 293rd career game on Sunday. "We had an opportunity to put an exclamation point, comma or pause on the weekend and I think we really finished it strong. So I was pleased with how we finished it."
Tech (5-1) won its fourth game in a row and never gave anyone a doubt about it on Sunday as it jumped out to a 27-7 lead in the opening 10 minutes with 13 points coming from Morris.
The senior guard finished the weekend with 17.6 points and 4.3 steals per game over three games while hitting 11 of 23 from behind the arc (47.8 percent).
New Orleans (1-5) never could get into the flow of its offense because of the constant defensive pressure Tech put on throughout the game. The Lady Raiders forced 24 turnovers and 15 steals that resulted in 43 points while Baker, Hyde and Patterson beat New Orleans inside for a 48-6 advantage in the paint.
"It even shows in practice when we compete hard every day. When we play hard defense, we can execute on the offensive end," Morris said. "You play hard on defense and then bring it over to the offensive end."
The Lady Raiders turn their attention to Lamar (4-1) who come in for a 1 p.m. showdown on Saturday, the first of two games at United Spirit Arena. The Tech men's basketball team will face Arizona at 7 p.m. that same day.