LUBBOCK, Texas -- Earlier this week, a 3-pointer led to a
double-overtime loss for Texas Tech. But on Saturday it was Alesha
Robertson who hit one with 6.1 seconds left to upend No. 24 Texas.
"Finally, it was us who hit the 3 at the end," Tech coach
Kristy Curry said after the 49-48 win. "It was going down. I could
tell the minute she let it go."
Texas went up 48-41 on Brittainey Raven's 3 with 2:07 left
before Robertson hit the first of two from beyond the arc to cut
the margin to 48-44. A basket from Erin Myrick cut the lead to two
with 1:10 left and the Lady Longhorns failed to score on their next
Robertson's winning shot -- her second field goal of the game --
came after Raquel Christian missed a short jumper from the right
side and a jump ball was called between Robertson and Bailey, with
Tech retaining possession. Robertson got the ball at the top of the
key and nailed the 3.
Texas still had a chance, though. After calling time out,
Tiffany Jackson brought the ball all the way up the court and drove
to the basket but missed. Earnesia Williams got the rebound and
missed the putback.
Robertson's game-winner was only her second field goal.
"I had a rough night tonight but I thought that was the least I
could do for my team was to knock that shot down," Robertson said.
Raven and Carla Cortijo scored 10 points to lead Texas (14-7,
3-4 Big 12).
Myrick had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Patrice Edwards added
11 points to lead Tech (13-8, 4-3).
The Lady Longhorns got up by nine points early in the second
half and Tech failed to score a field goal until 13:23. But Tech
used a 11-5 run ending with a bucket by Patrice Edwards to whittle
the deficit to 34-31. However, Texas used a 9-4 run to go up 43-35
at the 5:52 mark.
"I always tell them that if we can just stay close, we've got a
chance," Curry said. They did that against No. 6 Oklahoma but Erin
Higgins hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game
into overtime. Tech lost 86-81 in the second overtime.
Foul trouble plagued Jackson and she played only 15 minutes. She
got only two points -- a season low -- and two rebounds. She came
into the game as the Big 12's second-leading scorer with 19.1
points per game.
"It was a low scoring game," Texas Jody Conradt said. "Even
with Tiffany on floor, we're not just the most explosive team in
Texas often had four freshman on the floor.
"For most part they handled themselves pretty well," Conradt
said. "I thought both teams played hard, thought both teams played
really good [defense] at times."
The win came despite the worst shooting this season for Tech.
The Lady Raiders hit only 15 of 57 shots, or 26.3 percent, from the
field. Their previous low came at Hawaii when they shot 27.7
"It's an ugly win but we'll certainly take it," Curry said.
Myrick started strong inside for Tech, scoring the Lady Raiders'
first eight points. Her defender, Jackson, picked two quick fouls
and left for the half with just 5 minutes gone -- no points or
rebounds -- and the Lady Longhorns down 8-6.
Texas got quicker as a result and Tech just went cold. In the
final 11:53 of the half, the Lady Raiders hit just two field goals
-- 3-pointers from Brooke Baughman and a buzzer beater from Jordan
Murphree. For the half, Tech shot 19.4 percent on 6-of-31 from the
Texas led 24-20 at the break.