Feb. 7, 2010
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Brittainey Raven scored a game-high 22 points to help No. 17 Texas rout Texas Tech 81-51 on Sunday.
Raven hit four 3-pointers as the Longhorns shot 50 percent from behind the arc. Kat Nash and Cokie Reed each scored 13 points for Texas (16-6, 5-3 Big 12).
The last time these two teams met, Texas was forced into double overtime by the Lady Raiders and narrowly escaped with a 95-90 win. This time, the Longhorns wouldn't let that happen.
Ashlee Roberson had a double-double for the Lady Raiders (13-9, 1-7) finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Nash helped spark Texas after the half, scoring eight points in the first eight minutes. Raven continued to cut through Texas Tech's interior defense as the Longhorns jump out to a 67-45 lead on a fastbreak lay-up with just over five minutes left in the game to seal the win.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 17-14 lead on a fastbreak layup by Christine Hyde with just over 10 minutes in the first half.
The advantage was short-lived as the Longhorns went on a 19-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 33-19 lead.
Roberson scored eight consecutive points for the Lady Raiders to close the gap. Raven led Texas with 13 points in the first half and hit a 3-pointer from the wing as time expired to give the Longhorns a 43-32 advantage at the break.
-UT improved to 16-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference, which ranks fifth in the league ... the Horns have now won three-straight league contests, and five of their last six games.
-Texas improved to 58-25 all-time against Texas Tech, and 27-6 when the teams meet in Austin ... head coach Gail Goestenkors is 5-2 vs. the Lady Raiders ... UT is 414-74 all-time in the Frank Erwin Center.
-Texas swept Texas Tech in Big 12 Conference regular season games for the first time since 2003.
-The Longhorns connected on 11 3-point FG, just one shy of their season high ... UT has recorded double-digit treys in four games this season, and twice in Big 12 contests.
-UT's 156 3-point field goals rank as the third-most in school single-season history.
-The Horns outrebounded their fourth overall and third-straight Big 12 opponent, 47-32.
-Texas had four players in double figures for the first time since Jan. 16, 2010 at Texas Tech ... UT is 8-1 when four or more players reach double-digit scoring.
-The Horns' 20 assists were its most since recording 19 at Texas Tech (Jan. 16).
-Texas' 30-point margin of victory is its biggest over a Big 12 opponent since a 77-46 win over Texas Tech on Feb, 8, 2009.
-Texas held Texas Tech without a field goal from 8:30 to 1:38 in the second half, a span of 6:52.
-Scored 11 points (2-of-5 FG, 2-of-4 3FG, 5-of-6 FT) for her ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season
-Scored 10 or more points for the 49th time of her career.
-Hit a season-high 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
-Recorded one block to give her sole possession of the UT sophomore block record (67 total).
-67 blocks this season are fifth on UT's all-time single-season list.
-Tied season high with two steals.
-Scored 13 points (5-of-10 FG, 3-of-6 3FG) for her 14th double-digit scoring effort of the season
-Scored 10 or more points for the 45th time of her career
-Her 13 points are her most scored since 15 against Texas Tech (Jan. 16, 2010).
-With seven rebounds, has recorded at least five rebounds in the Horns' last six games.
-Currently has 948 career points and is 52 points shy of becoming the 34th player in UT history to reach 1,000 career points.
-Scored 22 points (7-of-14 FG, 4-of-8 3FG, 4-of-5 FT) for her 21st double-digit scoring effort of the season and ninth-straight.
-Scored 10 or more points for the 84th time in 121 career games.
-Scored 20 or more points for the fourth time this season and the 45th time of her career
-Tied her career high with four 3-pointers made.
-Scored 13 points (4-of-5 FG, 0-of-1 3FG, 5-of-9 FT) for her eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season
-Most points scored since 15 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Jan. 2, 2010)
-Pulled down team-high eight rebounds to lead the team in that category for the third time this season.
Head Coach Gail Goestenkors
Opening statement: I'm very pleased overall with the way we played. I give credit to Texas Tech. They fought. They're undermanned right now, but they played hard. It was a battle the entire game, because they did battle. I give a lot of credit to Coach Curry for what she did. I told her before the game, I said, "I'm proud of you. You're sticking to your guns. You're doing things the right way." One thing I noticed through all the tape I was watching is her team plays so hard. I told my team I said, "You're going to be in for a battle and for a war." We were. I'm proud of the way we responded, especially in the second half. I felt that we played with greater energy and intensity in the second half. And we're on to the next game. It just never ends.
On the team's shooting today: I was really happy with the team. We hadn't been shooting the ball that well from the three. We've been shooting, but not as well as we had been. I felt like today Brittainey [Raven] and Kat [Nash] in particular, but I think we got threes from five different players. When you've got so many different players hitting from the outside it makes it difficult to defend.
G Brittainey Raven
On the team's shooting today: Like Coach said, most of our guards can shoot the three consistently. I think today my teammates did a great job of finding our open three-point shooters. With our team, if you give us time to set up and get the ball right, we're going to hit. We've been working on that in practice every day. We've been getting extra shooting in. I think it's paid off in the last two games.
On if the team is playing its best basketball of the season: Yes. About a month ago we looked like a totally different team. I think every day in practice we've been doing our best to work hard, listen to everything coach is saying, put in extra work. Game after game, I think we've improved. There's some games like the Nebraska game, I think it was close, but we played hard. From then on I think we just continued to improve.
G Kat Nash
On the difference in the team from earlier in the season: I think we're just gelling a lot more. Today we made them pay for being in a 2-3 zone. Just learning to adjust to what the other team is doing and play our hardest on defense.
On the team's confidence in shooting three-pointers: Coach always tells us to create for each other, and I think that's what we did a great job of doing today. When your teammate drives and gets you open, you want to make that shot. I think we feel kind of pressure on each other to make them.
TEXAS TECH QUOTES
Head Coach Kristy Curry
On how they played today: I thought we really competed today. We played with a lot of energy. Obviously we are undermanned and undersized, but I don't fault our effort. I just credit Texas- those are a couple high school All-Americans that are very talented and about 4 inches taller than us.
On Chynna Brown: She's playing her best basketball game. I try to remind her, as well as the rest of them, that they have played very well in this building. Chynna did a great job and was off to her best start with 8 points and 4 rebounds, which is great to see. She's got a slight concussion and a slight cut over the eye which we had to get sewn up. I haven't had a talk with her about Wednesday, but she's tough, so I expect that if she can play, we hope that she is back. We'll let the doctors determine that.
On how Texas is different than the last time: They are playing their best basketball right now. When you go back and watch the film of them against Baylor and Oklahoma, their balance is incredible right now and they are playing really high level. You have to credit Coach Goestenkors and credit those kids. They are shooting the ball extremely well and that's been contagious at all spots.
On defending Texas: I think we did a better job in the second half. Obviously they had eight 3-pointers at half time and only three in the second half, so we did a good job of making that adjustment. So again, you just have to credit them on a day when they shoot the ball really well. I think we had 13 more shots than Texas- 63 to their 50. We just missed a lot of shots and when you do that on the road, it doesn't make for a good combination when you're not shooting very well and they are.
F Jordan Barncastle
On her opportunity to be a leader: Obviously, this was a great opportunity for all of the posts. Being short-handed, we know that we are going to play regardless. It's definitely an opportunity for us to step up and play different roles than we are used to. I think it is going to take a little adjusting for everyone and it's just something that we all need to do.
F Ashlee Roberson
On how double overtime game affected this game: I don't think it affected this game at all. We still competed well when we lost in double overtime. We just haven't finished our game in the way we wanted to and gotten the outcome that we wanted to. But overall, I don't think that affects us at all. We are still competing no matter what. We have to give credit to every team we play, we just have to player harder.