The Lady Red Raiders play the #1 Baylor Bears in Waco on Saturday Feb 18, 2012 at 7pm CST at the Ferrell Center in Waco. This will be the 74th meeting between these two teams. Tech leads the series 47-26. The two teams split the series last year, each winning at home. Texas Tech is 19-11 in Waco.
Tech enters the game after a loss to Texas in Austin on Wednesday, Feb 15th. The Lady Raiders have been up and down on their wins and losses starting with a win over UT in Lubbock on Jan 28th. Tech has won a game then lost the next since that game. Baylor is undefeated and beat Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb 15th in Stillwater, OK.
What's at Stake: Tech is trying to be one of the top 6 six teams in the Big 12 to get a first-round bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship. Currently they are tied for 7th with Oklahoma State and Texas in the Big 12 standings. Secondly, every victory is needed if Tech is to get into the NCAA Tournament. The Baylor Bears will be looking to stay undefeated and to improve their record in the series with Texas Tech.
Comments: Tech has beaten this Baylor team before. They did it last year when the Bears were also ranked #1. If Tech follows the pattern of win a game, then lose a game then this is their night to win. .The Lady Raiders lost to Baylor by 8 points in Lubbock on Jan 18th, which is the tightest score Baylor has had all season with the exception of the UCONN game which ended 66-61 in Baylor's favor. With only 5 more games on the schedule before the Big 12 Tournament, Tech needs this win tonight. With the Longhorns playing Kansas State and then Baylor and the OSU Cowgirls playing the Aggies and then Kansas State, Tech has a chance to tie for the 5th spot in the Big 12 standings with Kansas and Iowa State. Tech would earn the 6th spot over Iowa State based on a better overall record and higher RPI ranking. The odds are not in Tech's favor going into this game. If you look at Baylor they have impressive stats all around, they have more height and they have more seasoned players but the Lady Raiders have heart and a "can do" attitude that cannot be measured. Tech needs to create their own impressive stats and break some records and break Baylor's winning streak. The Lady Raiders need to bounce back hard and strong with this game and set the tone for the rest of the season. Tech edges Baylor in actual 3-Point's made and has made more offensive rebounds and Tech leads the conference in Steals. If the Lady Raiders can play to their strengths and improve on their FG% and especially their FT% then they will win.
One other note: This game is in Waco and it is sold-out. The Ferrell Center will be dressed in the green and gold and the fans will be hostile. I am hoping the Lady Raiders can feed off each other and use the energy to win this game
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Current record: Tech's current season record is 17-8, 5-8 Big 12. Baylor's current season record is 26-0, 13-0 Big12.
Rankings: The Baylor Bears are ranked #1 in both polls.
Players to watch:
Tech: Senior Forward Kierra Mallard is averaging 11.7 pts and 8.2 rebounds/game and has 50 blocks and 36 steals; Junior Guard Casey Morris averages 9.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds/game and has 52 steals and has a 87 FT%; Junior Christine Hyde is averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds/game and has 27 steals; Junior Guard Monique Smalls is averaging 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds and has 70 steals; Sophomore Kelsi Baker averages 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds/game and has 9 blocks and 17 steals; Sophomore Forward Shauntal Nobles is averaging 6.5 pts and 5.1 rebounds/game and has 20 blocks and 20 steals; Junior Guard Chynna Brown is averaging 8.8 pts and 4.1 rebounds/game and has 21 steals; Senior Forward Jordan Barncastle averages 5.2 pts/game and completes 79.3% FTs and has 12 steals and 6 blocks.
Baylor: Sophomore Point Guard Odyssey Sims is averaging 15 points and 3 rebounds/game and has 86 steals and has a 84% FT%; Junior Guard Kimetria Hayden averages 9 points and 4.3 rebounds/game and has 35 steals and has 76% FT%; Junior Guard Jordan Madden averages 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds/game and has 15 blocks and 19 steals; Junior Forward Destiny Williams 9.8 points and 9.1 rebounds/game and has 14 blocks and 21 steals; Junior Point Brittney Griner 23.1 points and 9.6 rebounds/game and has 140 blocks and 13 steals and has a 80% FT%;
Previously Play: The Lady Raiders' shooting went cold in the last 5 minutes of the game with the Longhorns and they fell to Texas 54-63 in Austin. The Lady Raiders came out strong and went up by as much as 7 points in the first half but then Texas made adjustments and the game stayed tight but with Tech on top. But then in the final minutes of the game, Tech's shooting went cold and Texas closed the gap and went ahead. The Lady Raiders were in the lead 49-45 with 5:28 remaining but then allowed Texas a 10-0 scoring run. Time ran out on the Lady Raiders to get back on track. The Lady Bears are coming off a win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in Stillwater, OK on Wed., Feb 15, 2012. Baylor dominated the game and led by 17 points at the half. The final score was Baylor 83 UT 52.
Coaches: Kristy Curry is coaching her 6th season at Tech. (105-81). Kim Mulkey is entering her 12th season with the Baylor Bears (324-79).
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 Baylor Bears finished the 2010-11 season 34-3, 15-1 and finished in 1st place in the Big12. They went to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Texas A&M 58-46 after reaching the Elite Eight. The Lady Bears returned 12 Letterwinners (4 Starters) and have 1 newcomer.
TV: KCEN-TV (Waco) (Baylor All-Access)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network 97.3 FM (Lubbock) and Baylor Sports Network - IMG College ESPN Central Texas - 1660 AM, 101.3 FM
Streaming video: Only streaming audio available for this game .... www.texastech.com/allaccess/ (~ $10/month)
Game Thread will go up at 6:45pm CST on Saturday, Feb 18, 2012
Other Notes and Quotes:
The Big 12 is listed first in the Sagarin and Collegiate Basketball News' Women's RPI ratings.
Nine Big 12 teams are over .500 and six have 16 or more wins.
The Big 12 has nine teams in the top 65 of the NCAA RPI.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team ranked in the top 80 for strength of schedule with nine in the top 33.
Twenty-eight of 60 games in conference play have been decided by single digits, including 17 by five-or-less points.
Baylor and Texas Tech will host 2013 NCAA Division I first and second rounds. Oklahoma City has been named a regional site.
Texas Tech is one of only three teams (Tennessee and UConn) and the only Big 12 team the Lady Bears have not defeated by double digits this season.
Texas Tech vs. Baylor Series Breakdown:
Series: Texas Tech leads, 47-26
In Waco: Texas Tech leads, 20-11
In Lubbock: Texas Tech leads, 25-8
Neutral: Baylor leads, 7-2
Head Coach Kristy Curry
On the difference in the game:
"There were two keys on the board to start the game. The first one was transition defense and making sure that our one (point guard) understood they had to stop the ball. It was constantly going north and south and we wanted to make it go east to west. We didn't get the job done transition defense-wise. The second one was rebounding and we obviously go outrebounded. Those are two keys that you have to understand the importance of. We had a really disappointing night at times. Our smalls didn't have their best night. We just didn't do a very good job transition defense."
On what was keeping the team in the game when Tech was up by 7 midway through the 2nd half:
"I thought we had some people step up. [Junior guard] Chynna [Brown] hit some big shots and [Junior guard] Casey [Morris] hit some big shots. It's great to have [Senior forward] Kierra [Mallard] coming back and playing hard. We are playing with a lot of energy and are playing aggressive. I thought we were aggressive through that stretch and were able to finish with some makes. That was the difference down the stretch. (Chassidy) Fussell hit some big shots and we were not able to come down and make some big shots ourselves. We have to credit Texas. They did a good job of making plays down the stretch and we did not."
Junior Guard Casey Morris
On what happened in the last five minutes of the game:
"The game is more mental than physical and we needed to execute in that sense. We had mess-ups that we couldn't afford. I think we beat ourselves tonight, but we will pick back up and stay positive."
On the morale of the team:
"We are staying positive and staying together as a family. This is a part of basketball, having wins and losses. We are trying to keep our heads up and know that our goal is to get where we want to get. That is still a possibility for us and very doable. We want to stay positive and stay together."
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
|TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-8, 5-8)|
|Monique Smalls||23||5-6||G||JR||8.6 pts/game|
|Casey Morris||15||5-9||G||JR||9.2 pts/game|
|Chynna Brown||00||5-8||G||JR||8.8 pts/game|
|Jordan Barncastle||1||6-2||F||SR||5.3 pts/game|
|Shauntal Nobles||33||6-3||F||SO||6.4 pts/game|
|Baylor Bears (26-0, 13-0)|
|Odyssey Sims||0||5-8||PG||So.||15 pts/game|
|Kimetria Hayden||1||6-0||G||Jr||9 pts/game|
|Jordan Madden||3||6-0||G||Jr.||4.8 pts/game|
|Destiny Williams||10||6-1||F/P||R-||9.8 pts/game|
|Brittney Griner||42||6-8||P||Jr.||23.1 pts/game|
Four Factors to Winning
|The Four Factors to Winning|
|Ball Handling TO%||0.288||0.388|
|Off rebounding OR%||0.44||0.411|
|Shooting FTs FT Rate||0.713||0.661|
|Texas Tech||17-8, 5-8||1667||69.4|
|Texas Tech||17-8, 5-8||1371||57.1|
|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.|