Finally

Special Contributor
Posted Jan 17, 2013


Kristy Curry finally got the Longhorns for the first time since 2006 on Wednesday night in Austin, Steve Strain checks in from the State Capitol.

   It was a fun sight to see Kristy Curry "fist-bump" her staff with time still on the clock, knowing a win was well in hand.  

 

Next, she kneeled in front of me on press row, called out some last minute instructions to her team on the floor, and looked back at me (still on the air), and lip synched the word "finally."

 

Maybe not a subject she would talk much about going in, but she doesn't have to worry about it anymore.  

 

Coach Curry has a win in Austin in her seventh try after the Lady Raiders knocked off Texas 66-59 at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday night.

 

   Perhaps her hesitancy was because winning at Texas alone isn't going to put her team where she wants them anyway.  But Wednesday's win could now vault them a lot closer to accomplishing this season's goals.  

 

The Lady Raiders now are back above .500 in Big 12 play, they now have 13 regular season wins, and a chance to get to 4-2 Saturday on their home floor against Kansas.

 

   I don't think it's a coincidence that this year's Lady Raiders got that elusive first Austin win - likely the most mature team Curry has had in her six and a half seasons at Tech.  

 

They showed that maturity throughout the game in executing game plan goals of rebounding (outdoing Texas on the boards by 1 and being the first team in almost a year to hold UT to 30 boards or less) and holding Texas's great scorer Chassidy Fussell to 7 points on the night - 9 below her season average.  

 

They also weathered numerous runs by Texas - most notably when they whittled an 11 point deficit with under 11 minutes left in the game down to 1 about 9 minutes later.

 

   But like their last road win at Oklahoma State, senior leadership pulled through.  Chynna Brown, Casey Morris and Monique Smalls all made big contributions down the stretch, and like the OSU game, maybe one previous teams wouldn't have been able to chalk up in the win column.

   So that "first" in Austin is now out of the way, and Coach Curry's Lady Raiders can look ahead to the Jayhawks on Saturday.

 

   And it was a happy trip home from Austin for Coach Curry and the team - finally.



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