Before Wednesday, the Red Raiders' (15-2, 4-1) lone loss of the season was a respectable one to then No.2 ranked Duke in New York. But Wednesday's midweek loss to Iowa State won't sit as well with the Texas Tech faithful.
Part of me wanted to include Texas' recent losses to Radford and VCU after notching a big win over North Carolina in this, but I feel like the Longhorns are the topic of conversation too much and it's best just to let the ebbs and flows go for the next few weeks, or at least until Big XII play starts.
Texas senior guard Lashann Higgs, the team's leading returning scorer and the leading scorer at the time of her injury, will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL suffered back against Quinnipiac.
It’s still the early part of the season which means teams are still sorting out lineups and figuring out which group of players meshes best. You don’t want to get too bogged down with early season results, but in some cases, it’s probably not a bad idea to raise a few red flags – looking at you Texas.
After two decades of missing March Madness, TCU broke through to reach the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team. The Horned Frogs were one-and-done, losing in the first round to Syracuse. The school has made back-to-back NCAAs just once in school history and that is in the early 1950s.
There’s no need to look outside the state of Texas once November rolls around for stellar women’s college basketball.
The Longhorns may have lost another first-round draft pick, but this team could be better overall. Going into his fourth season at UT, coach Shaka Smart has a group that could get overlooked in the preseason polls but one with athleticism aplenty.
The most intriguing player is freshman center Charli Collier, who went toe-to-toe with White and Holmes during the summer without backing down. White noted that Collier isn’t afraid to “throw some elbows” if that helps her gain an advantage.