The Lady Raiders play the Iowa State Cyclones in Lubbock on Sunday Feb 12, 2012 at 1:30pm CST at the USA. This will be the 20th meeting between these two teams. The Cyclones lead the series 10-9. Iowa State has won six-of-the-last-seven meetings in the series.
This game is being nationally televised on ESPN2 at 1:30pm, Sunday Feb 12, 2012
Tech is coming off a loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Wed., Feb 8th. The Lady Raiders came out slow and tried to rally in the 2nd half but came up short (53-49). Iowa State is coming off a win over Missouri in Columbia, MO. Final score 65-52
What's at Stake: Tech will be fighting to get their 5th conference win and to tie the series up with the Cyclones. The Iowa State Cyclones are looking for their 15th win of the season and to get their 4th conference win in a row. The Cyclones are looking to snap a four-game losing streak in the state of Texas.
Comments: Tech has been up and down over the last few weeks and it would be great for them to get back to the style of play they had earlier in the season. To finish the season strong they need to win this home game and use it as momentum to continue to win.
The Texas Tech women's basketball team is proud to take part in breast cancer awareness month and play its "PINK" game today against Iowa State. The Lady Raiders will be sporting special pink Under Armour uniforms and will have several ways of raising money during the game for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play 4Kay is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The official charity is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
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Current record: Tech's current season record is 16-7, 4-7 Big 12. Iowa State's current season record is 14-8, 5-6 Big12.
Rankings: The Red Raiders fell out of the AP rankings this week but received 24 votes which would list them as #29. The Cyclones are not ranked.
Players to watch:
Tech: Senior Forward Kierra Mallard is averaging 12.7 pts and 8.7 rebounds/game and has 49 blocks and 32 steals; Junior Guard Casey Morris averages 9.7 points per game and 3.9 rebounds/game and has 47 steals and has a 86 FT%; Junior Christine Hyde is averaging 9 points and 4.2 rebounds/game and has 27 steals; Junior Guard Monique Smalls is averaging 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and has 66 steals; Sophomore Kelsi Baker averages 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds/game and has 9 blocks and 16 steals; Sophomore Forward Shauntal Nobles is averaging 6.4 pts and 5.1 rebounds/game and has 19 blocks and 18 steals. Junior Guard Chynna Brown is averaging 7.9 pts and 3.6 rebounds/game and has 19 steals; Senior Forward Jordan Barncastle.
Iowa State: Freshman Guard Nikki Moody is averaging 9.6 pts/game and 3.5 rebounds/game and has 10 blocks and 19 steals; Senior Guard Lauren Mansfield averages 7.1 pts/game and 3.1 rebounds/game and has 28 steals; Senior Guard Chassidy Cole averages 7.1 pts/game and 3.1 rebounds/game and has 12 steals; Junior Forward Chelsea Poppens averages 14.7 pts/game and 11.2 rebounds/game and 25 steals; Sophomore Forward Hallie Christofferson is averaging 10.6 pts/game and 5.8 rebounds/game and has 16 blocks and 14 steals; Iowa State averages over 70% in FTs.
Coaches: Kristy Curry is coaching her 6th season at Tech. (104-80). Bill Fennelly is entering his 17th season with the Iowa State Cyclones (368-168).
Last Year: The Lady Red Raiders finished the 2010-11 season 22-11, 8-8 with a tie for 6th place in the Big12. Tech returns 11 players (3 Starters) from last year's team and welcomed 2 newcomers. The Iowa State Cyclones finished the 2010-11 season 22-11, 9-7 and finished in 5th place in the Big12. They went to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Marist 74-64 in the First Round after reaching the Elite Eight. The Lady Cyclones returned 8 Letterwinners (4 Starters) and have 5 newcomer.
TV: ESPN2 (National)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network 97.3 FM (Lubbock) and Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Streaming video: not available on this game because of TV coverage
Game Thread will go up at 1:15pm CST on Sunday , Feb 12, 2012
Texas Tech will raise its 800 Win Banner at halftime of Sunday's game against Iowa State. Tech won its 800th game on Nov. 26, 2011 with a 76-43 win over Central Arkansas. With the win, Tech became only the 15th NCAA women's basketball program to win at least 800 games in program history.
The Big 12 is listed first in the Sagarin and Collegiate Basketball News' Women's RPI ratings.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team in the top 94 of the NCAA RPI. Nine teams are in the top 64.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team ranked in the top 80 for strength of schedule with nine in the top 43.
Twenty-five of 47 games in conference play have been decided by single digits, including 14 by five-or-less points.
Home squads have a 27-23 advantage in Big 12 games after posting a nation-leading 68-3 (.958) mark in home non-conference games.
The Big 12 is averaging over 5,300 fans per home game. Five Conference schools are ranked in the Top 13 -- No. 2. Iowa State (9,789), No. 7 Texas Tech (7,708), No. 8 Baylor (7,688), No. 10 Oklahoma (6,865) and No. 13 Texas A&M (6,220).
The Lady Raiders are the second-highest scoring team in the Big 12 (75.2), are second in turnover margin (+4.38) and lead the league in steals (13.4) and offensive rebounds (18.63).
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
|TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (16-7, 4-7)|
|Monique Smalls||23||5-6||G||JR||8.3 pts/game|
|Casey Morris||15||5-9||G||JR||9.7 pts/game|
|Christine Hyde||5||5-10||G||JR||9.0 pts/game|
|Jordan Barncastle||1||6-2||F||SR||5.1 pts/game|
|Shauntal Nobles||33||6-3||F||So.||6.4 pts/game|
IOWA STATE CYCLONES
|Iowa State (14-8, 5-6)|
|Nikki Moody||4||5-8||G||Fr.||9.6 pts/game|
|Lauren Mansfield||10||5-7||G||SR||7.1 pts/game|
|Chassidy Cole||23||5-8||G||SR||7.1 pts/game|
|Chelsea Poppens||33||6-2||F||JR||14.7 pts/game|
|Hallie Christofferson||5||6-3||F||So.||10.6 pts/game|
Four Factors to Winning
|The Four Factors to Winning||Iowa State||Texas Tech|
|Ball Handling TO%||0.354||0.393|
|Off rebounding OR%||0.346||0.415|
|Shooting FTs FT Rate||0.708||0.661|
|Texas Tech||16-7, 4-7||1615||70.2|
|Iowa State||14-8, 5-6||1401||63.7|
|Texas Tech||16-7, 4-7||1330||57.8|
|Iowa State||14-8, 5-6||1228||55.8|
|Free Throw %||FT Made||FT Attempts||Pct.|
|Field Goal %||FG||FG A||Pct.|
|Field Goal % Defense||FG||FGA||Pct.|
|3-Point FG %||FG||FGA||Pct.|
|3-Point FG % Defense||FG||FGA||Pct.|