The Lady Red Raiders play the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, KS on Saturday March 3, 2012 at 6pm CST at the Bramlage Coliseum. This will be the 22nd meeting between these two teams. K-State leads the series by one game 11-10. Tech has won the two out of three of the last conference games. Texas Tech is #13 on the All-Time Winningest Teams in NCAA Div1 History and K-State is #12 on that list.
Tech (17-12, 5-12) enters the game after suffering five losses in a row with the last one against OU in Lubbock on Wed., Feb 29th. K-State is coming off a loss to Iowa State in Ames, IA on Wed., Feb 29, 2012 (57-33). The Wildcats have lost two in a row with a loss to Mizzou on Sat., Feb 25th in Columbia, MO (61-56 OT).
NOTE: Junior Guard, Christine Hyde, had arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Friday, March 2nd. She will miss the remainder of the season.
What's at Stake: Tech is looking to end a 5 game slump and to end the regular season on a positive note going into the Big 12 Tournament. The K-State Wildcats are looking to stop their 2 game slide and to get a win for their Seniors on their last home game of the regular season. they too would like a win going into the Big 12 Tourney.
Comment: Just get a win. It's as simple as that.
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Current record: Tech's current season record is 17-12, 5-12 Big 12. Kansas State's current season record is 18-11, 9-8 Big12.
Rankings: Neither team is ranked. The Lady Raiders are 9th and the Wildcats are 4th in the Big 12 standings.
Players to watch:
Tech: Senior Forward Kierra Mallard is averaging 11.1 points and 8 rebounds/game and has 52 Blocks and 39 Steals; Junior Guard Casey Morris averages 9.6 points per game and 4.1 rebounds/game and has 61 Steals and is 88% FT shooter; Junior Christine Hyde is averaging 7.9 points and 3.7 rebounds/game and has 30 Steals; Junior Guard Monique Smalls is averaging 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds/game and has 78 Steals; Sophomore Kelsi Baker averages 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds/game and has 10 Blocks and 19 Steals; Sophomore Forward Shauntal Nobles is averaging 6.1 pts and 5.1 rebounds/game and has 21 Blocks and Steals; Junior Guard Chynna Brown is averaging 8.9 pts and 4.3 rebounds/game and has 24 Steals; Senior Forward Jordan Barncastle averages 5.3 pts and 3 rebounds/game and completes 81.1% FTs and has 12 Steals and 7 Blocks.
Kansas State: Junior Guard Brittany Chambers is averaging 14.4 pts and 6.1 rebounds/game and has 32 Steals and is a over 74% FT shooter and is a strong 3-pt shooter; Senior Guard Tasha Dickey averages 10.3 pts and 4 rebounds/game and has 48 Steals and is a 77% FT shooter; Junior Guard Mariah White averages 5.4 pts and 4.7 rebounds/game and has 62 Steals and 10 Blocks; Senior Forward Jalana Childs averages 13.8 pts and 4.9 rebounds/game and has 18 Blocks and is over 75% from the FT line; Senior Forward Branshea Brown is averaging 5.0 pts 4.8 rebounds/game and has 26 Steals and Blocks.
Previously Play: The Lady Red Raiders played the Oklahoma Sooners in Lubbock on Feb 29, 2012. Tech had a strong first half and kept it close in the 2nd half but then their shooting went cold with about 5 minutes left and OU won 71-62. K-State has played two road games this past week. The Wildcats lost to the Mizzou Tigers on Sat., Feb 25th in a very close game that went into overtime but ended in favor of Mizzou 61-56. K-State played in Ames, IA on Wed., Feb 29th and struggled against the Cyclones. Iowa State controlled the entire game giving K-State their 2nd loss in a row with the final score of 53-77.
Coaches: Kristy Curry is coaching her 6th season at Tech. (105-85). Deb Patterson is entering her 16th season with the Kansas State Wildcats (318-186).
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 K-State Wildcats finished the 2010-11 season 21-11, 10-6 and finished in 4th place in the Big12. The Wildcats returned 8 Letterwinners (4 Starters) and have 5 newcomers.
TV: Kansas Now 22 (Available within the state of Kansas to Cox Cable subscribers)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network 97.3 FM (Lubbock) and K-State Sports Network
Gametracker: www.texastech.com/gametracker and www.kstatesports.cstv.com/gametracker
Streaming video/audio: ONLY Audio at www.texastech.com/allaccess/ (~ $10/month)
Game Thread will go up at 5:45pm CST on Saturday, March 3, 2012
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 eight have 16 or more wins.
The Big 12 has nine teams in the top 62 of the NCAA RPI.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team ranked in the top 46 for strength of schedule.
Half of the 80 games in conference play have been decided by single digits, including 23 by five-or-less points.
The Big 12 is the only league with four members that have won national championships (Texas/1986, Texas Tech/1993, Baylor/2005 and Texas A&M/2011).
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
|TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-12, 5-12)|
|Monique Smalls||23||5-6||G||JR||8.3 pts/game|
|Casey Morris||15||5-9||G||JR||9.6 pts/game|
|Chynna Brown||00||5-8||G||JR||8.9 pts/game|
|Jordan Barncastle||1||6-2||F||SR||5.3 pts/game|
|Shauntal Nobles||33||6-3||F||SO||6.0 pts/game|
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
|Kansas State Wildcats (18-11, 9-8)|
|Brittany Chambers||2||5-8||G||JR||14.4 pts/game|
|Tasha Dickey||13||5-10||G||SR||10.3 pts/game|
|Mariah White||22||5-8||G||JR||5.4 pts/game|
|Jalana Childs||33||6-2||F||SR||13.8 pts/game|
|Branshea Brown||34||6-2||F||SR||5.0 pts/game|