OKLAHOMA CITY – Haley Bruedigam’s big stage certainly didn’t come with the result she wanted Friday night. As Texas Tech closed its season with a 74-49 loss to Iowa State in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship, Bruedigam made the most of a chance opportunity.

Just five weeks ago, Bruedigam was the team’s manager.

On Saturday night, she scored 10 points – 10 times more than the rest of her career combined – and led the Red Raiders in assists. The former Lubbock-Cooper standout fought off nerves for her best game in a Texas Tech uniform – by far.

“It was insane. I was so nervous, I can't explain it,” she said. “But at the same time, it was so much excitement, just getting to play on this stage with the people I'm getting to play with, against some of the best teams in the country.”

The Red Raiders (7-23) lost 12-straight games to end the season – the school’s longest in-season losing streak since the end of the 2013-14 season.

Without point guard Grayson Bright, who missed the game after suffering a broken nose and concussion in the season finale, Texas Tech struggled to find a rhythm early. The Red Raiders went almost five minutes with a point in the first quarter and almost six minutes without a field goal following a basket on their opening possession.

Iowa State (14-16), which will face Texas in the quarterfinal, slowly extended its lead by taking advantage of the Red Raiders miscues – 12 first-half turnovers and a 2-for-12 shooting performance in the first quarter.

“We were missing Grayson Bright (Friday),” Texas Tech interim coach Shimmy Gray-Miller said. “It’s not an excuse at all. … Her absence was really missed.”

Iowa State finished with 20 points off turnovers and outscored Texas Tech, 26-10, in the paint.

Brittany Brewer and Lyndsey Whilby each had 11 points to lead Texas Tech. Jada Terry scored six points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the final game of her career. The Red Raiders tied for their fourth-fewest points scored in Big 12 play.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted it to,” Gray-Miller said.

Bruedigam had played sparingly for the Red Raiders up until the season finale when she played 23 minutes. Her 27 minutes Friday night made way for a team-best 5-for-8 shooting performance to cap the life-altering few weeks.

“It’s probably one of the best experiences that I’ve had,” Bruedigam said. “… I wish we would have come out with the win. It’s been an incredible experience. I couldn’t thank the staff and this program enough.”