Hyde Leads Tech in 73-52 Win, Nobles Returns
Lady Raiders improve to 6-1 overall
By Alana Kiker
On November 2, Texas Tech announced junior forward Shauntal Nobles was out indefinitely following being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which is a disorder where the immune system attacks the nerves.
According to the press release, Nobles was to begin aggressive treatments immediately and would have a full recovery.
During the Lady Raiders 73-52 victory against the Lamar Lady Cardinals, Nobles made her return to the court inside the United Spirit Arena, which Tech head coach Kristy Curry said was an emotional moment for the team.
Senior Christine Hyde, who finished the game with a team-high 25 points, said it was overwhelming to see her teammate and friend walk back onto the court.
"It means a lot," she said. "You know, we talk about it all the time. We cry about it all the time, so just seeing her out there and playing with her just—it hurts my heart that she hasn't been here for a while— but as soon as she came back on the floor, I felt nothing but joy and happiness for her."
Despite starting off slow, the Lady Raider basketball team was able to come back and win their fourth-straight game.
Ending the first half down by six points, Texas Tech came back burning for outscoring the Lady Cardinals 45-27 in the second half to improve to 6-1 in 2012.
"I just liked our toughness, you know, and we had adversity," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "Adversity is all about how you handle it. We try and stay positive at half time and teach."
Despite holding onto a lead at the half, Lamar head coach Larry Tidwell said there was a difference between his squad and the Lady Raiders coming out of the locker room – pure physicality.
Senior Casey Morris, who finished the game 6-for-9 from the field for 13 points, gave some insight to what changed the mindset of the team during half time.
"I think the coaches were just reiterating at half time that we needed to get up into them and pressure and we had to make adjustments," she said. "That's part of maturity, just adjusting and the first half just wasn't going our way, we wanted to adjust and make sure we pressured up and made them uncomfortable."
Where the most noticeable difference in the second half for the Lady Raiders came at the charity stripe.
Earlier this season, following a victory where Tech struggled at the free-throw line, Curry said the goal for the team is to hit 80 percent of its free-throws in a game, that's their goal in practice and in-game alike.
On Saturday – mission accomplished in the second half.
Following starting the first half shooting just 50 percent from the line going 4-for-8, Tech rebounded in the second half, 14-for-15 from the line for 93.3 percent.
"To see us shooting 93 percent in the second half from the foul line is just so exciting, because we've got to make our free throws," Curry said. "We always want to make more than our opponent shoots, obviously we did a great job with that. And that's a stat line you can always look at, that and the offensive boards for who was the most aggressive team and I think those two stat lines answer the question."
The next game for the Lady Raiders is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena against Big 10 opponent Illinois.
No. 9 Arizona Wins Big, Red Raiders Perfect Start Ended
Jaye Crockett led Tech with 12 points
By Faith Pinegar and Zach Moss
The undefeated season for the Texas Tech men's basketball team came to an end Saturday night inside the United Spirit Arena, Red Raiders falling to 9th-ranked Arizona, 85-57.
"We played a really good team tonight; I think that team has a chance of being in the Final Four," interim head coach Chris Walker said. "They have experienced guards and size, good coach, and really did some positive things. The only thing we can do is take it as an opportunity. We have some young guys, some inexperienced guys, and that was a good game for them- to really get a taste of what high-level, Division 1 basketball is all about."
Arizona took the lead early in the first half, and never let up as they dominated throughout the game. Head coach Sean Miller was pleased with his team's win against the Red Raiders (4-1).
"We are excited to leave Lubbock with a win…You wonder how it's all going to work out on the road against a phonetic, hard-playing team," he said. "That style of playing is particularly challenging because it tests your poise, it tests your character, and they're going to make runs because of the way they're playing. And how you handle those runs inevitably will either lead to victory or defeat."
Arizona (5-0) had 5 players that reached double-digit scoring, with Nick Johnson leading the pack with 18 points on a 7-for-11 night from the field, while Tech only had one- Jaye Crockett who tossed in 12 points.
"It was a tough loss," he said. "They just came out there as a better team today. We made a lot of mistakes, we didn't play together like we need to, and I just feel like we just gave them too many rebounds, second chance shots, and they were just on tonight."
Texas Tech looks to put this loss behind them, and start a new winning streak as they take on Northern Kentucky Tuesday night at 6 p.m. inside the United Spirit Arena