The Morning Stake: 2016.01.03

Lady Raiders Fall to Longhorns. The Lady Raiders dropped to 0-2 on the year after falling to the Longhorns 86-62 (recap | stats). The only Lady Raider to score in double-figures was Japreece Dean, who scored 21 on 10 of 17 shots. It also appears that no one shot above 50% from the floor other than Dean, so it appears to be players other than Dean that need to step it up. I should also add that the Longhorns are #5 in the country and have a player who is 6’7″, Imani Boyette, who had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Her back-up is 6’5″, so there’s that. Either way, the Lady Raiders are now 0-2 in conference play with Oklahoma State on Wednesday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Recapping Texas Tech 82, Texas 74. Because I posted the post-game write-up so soon after the game, the highlights and other items that I normally post were not available, but they are this morning.

RELATED: Texas Tech Down the Longhorns, 82-74 (Sorry for the improper grammar, just think of Texas Tech as a soccer club, then it all makes sense.)

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  • A couple of notes from the stat sheet: Texas Tech out-rebounded Texas by 3 rebounds . . . Texas Tech had 13 assists to just 11 turnovers, while Texas had just 8 assists to 11 turnovers . . . Texas was on fire in the second half, shooting 53% after shooting just 29% in the first half . . . Isaiah Taylor is obviously a talented player, but it seemed by the end of the game, Taylor had worn down as he had to take too much on his shoulders . . . Texas Tech did out-rebound Texas, but Prince Ibeh had 6 offensive boards and Texas Tech will have to do a better job of checking him . . . Norense Odiase needs to keep the ball up, it seemed that his three turnovers were the result of Odiase either dribbling or trying to dribble in the post and it’s almost automatic that he’ll turn the ball over if he puts the ball on the floor. Take a breath and send the ball back out if it isn’t there . . .
  • LAJ’s Krista Pirtle has her game write-up:

    With a six-point lead and just over two minutes left in the game, Toddrick Gotcher caught a pass from Aaron Ross behind the 3-point line and took the shot.

    For the fifth-year senior, it was fitting for him to sink the dagger 3, infusing more life into the Red Raiders to finish off an 82-74 victory Saturday over Texas. Gotcher has been at Texas Tech longer than any other player, but the last time the Red Raiders won their Big 12 opener in Lubbock happened four years before Gotcher donned the red and black.

  • ICYMI, Kliff Kingsbury fired the strength and conditioning coach, Chad Dennis. I’ll have more thought son this later, but I think this was needed. There’s no doubt that Texas Tech was relatively healthy this year, but it seemed to be incredibly clear, especially after the bowl game as to the size of athlete on the field between LSU and Texas Tech. Yeah, I know, there’s a difference between the talent, but this team didn’t look strong in comparison to LSU. I this could be said about pretty much every Big 12 team.
  • Via SI, former Texas Tech assistant coach Tommy Mainord will join Seth Littrell and Graham Harrell in Denton to coach inside receivers at North Texas. Congrats on the new gig!
  • Via College Football Talk, it appears that the likely landing place for Trevor Knight will be TAMU, but is also being pursued by LSU and Auburn. Just following this from the standpoint of Davis Webb and open quarterback positions.
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