Texas Tech women come apart early vs. No. 1 Baylor
After two closes losses against Baylor in the regular season,
Texas Tech had hope for an upset of the nation’s top-ranked
That hope didn’t last very long. Not even until halftime,
The No. 1 Lady Bears closed the half on a 13-0 run and took all
the suspense out of their 72-48 win Thursday in the Big 12
”You’ve got to come out and make shots and be aggressive,”
Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry said. I felt like we were going east
and west and not rim to rim or north to south.”
The Lady Raiders actually took a two-point lead by holding
Baylor to four points in the opening four minutes. It didn’t
Odyssey Sims scored 18 points and Brittney Griner had 15 points,
nine rebounds and five blocks for the Lady Bears (32-0), who will
face Kansas State in the semifinals.
The plight for Texas Tech (19-13) was symbolized by Ashley
Field’s three-point bank shot that beat the buzzer at the end of
the first half. That made it 40-16 after Tech had been hanging
around, trailing just 27-16 with 3:53 left in the half.
Monique Smalls led the Lady Raiders with 11 points and Kelsi
Baker had nine rebounds.
”I really feel like we didn’t come out playing as well as we
know we should have,” Smalls said. ”But credit to Baylor. They
had a good game and we had a bad shooting half. It happens.”
With Tech up two after the first television timeout, Sims got
things rolling for Baylor with a couple of passes over the top of
the zone defense. Baylor went to full court pressure and the length
and athleticism of the Lady Bears kept the Texas Tech offense in
Unable to finish drives against the intimidating presence of
Griner, Texas Tech shot just 18.5 percent (5 of 27) in the first
half while committing 12 turnovers. Meanwhile, Baylor was able to
distribute the ball well over the final 16 minutes of the half,
resulting in a 61.5 percent field goal percentage (16 of 26). The
Lady Bears had a 20-4 advantage in lane points during the opening
”They’ve got great balance across the board and their
supporting cast is playing really well,” Curry said.
Texas Tech had looked strong on Wednesday with an opening round
victory over Texas, but the deep and talented Lady Bears proved to
be a different type of challenge.
The Lady Raiders had hoped to stay with Baylor by avoiding
Griner as much as possible and hitting a bevy of 3-pointers. But
Tech finished just 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.
The Lady Raiders played a lot of zone and collapsed around
Griner whenever she caught the ball in the post. But Sims hit four
three-pointers and had balanced scoring with Griner taking just 10
”Today, their supporting cast did a great job of getting into
the heart of the defense,” Curry said. ”I’m sure that’s something
they’ve worked on. You’ve got to pick and choose. I don’t think you
can let (Griner) be your entire focal point. You’ve got to have
great balance not only at the offensive end, but also the defensive