Shimmy Gray-Miller said she usually takes an Uber to the arena for work and, as of recently, the drivers have recognized her and compliment the way the Lady Raiders are competing under her considering the circumstances.
There’s a little more to talk about on those drives in spite of Texas Tech’s 87-72 loss to No. 6 Texas in the 100th all-time game between the two programs, this one at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Wednesday. It wasn’t the 90-39 beatdown Gray-Miller and Co. took Jan. 20 at home.
The Longhorns (20-4, 12-2 in the Big 12) shifted to a 2-3 zone to begin the second half that and were able to choke down the Lady Raiders.
Texas Tech (7-18, 1-13) trailed 46-39 at halftime and owned a largest lead of five points near the beginning on the second quarter.
But the perimeter shot wasn’t there for the double-digit underdog, which came into the meeting as the worst 3-point shooting team in the conference.
Dayo Olabode made 5 of 6 attempts from behind the arc, but the rest of the team finished 1-for-8. That was a key factor in Texas’ 30-18 win in the third quarter — the most lopsided period for either team.
Jada Terry played more than a full half for the first time in three games and finished with a team second-best 17 points behind Olabode’s 19. Erin DeGrate and Brittany Brewer added 10 points apiece.
Joyner Holmes and Brooke McCarty both scored 13 points to lead five Longhorns in double digits.
Texas Tech closed the first quarter on a 5-2 run capped by an Olabode jumper and true freshman point guard Angel Hayden gave the Lady Raiders their five-point lead on a first-possession layup in the second quarter.
But turnovers began rearing their head later in the frame and were exacerbated by Texas’ zone afterward. The Longhorns erased the lead less than two minutes after it reached its height.
The Longhorns ended up scoring 30 points off giveaways.
Free throws didn’t help the Lady Raiders cause, either. The team shot 6 of 13 and no player with more than two attempts finished perfect at the line.
Player of the Game
Dayo Olabode, Sr., G, Texas Tech
Olabode came off the bench to score 19 points in 23 minutes of action.
Texas Tech went scoreless for six of the game’s final seven minutes. … Texas Tech lost the turnover battle 22-10 and had a net assist-to-turnover ration of minus-9. Texas finished plus-3 and scored 30 points off turnovers. … The Lady Raiders shot 49 percent from the floor to Texas’ 53 percent.
Texas Tech remains on the road to face Iowa State at 3 p.m. Saturday
Texas travels to No. 21 Oklahoma State for a 2 p.m. game Saturday.