GDT: Lady Raiders v TCU Horned Frogs

Ed Zurga

Lady Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs – Saturday, Jan 27, 2013 12pm (Noon) CST

Go Lady Raiders!!!

RAIDER !!!! POWER!!!!

Game: Lady Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Date: Saturday, January 256, 2013

Time: 12:pm (Noon) CST

Location: USA Lubbock, TX

TV: FSCEN (TW 432 I Austin) (some notations are listing FSPAC TW 433 I Austin)

Streaming Audio: www.texastech.com/allaccess/

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock) and Sooner Radio Network

Gametracker: www.texastech.com/gametracker

The past 10 days have been great for the Lady Raiders. They beat UT in Austin on Jan 16th, then came home and beat Kansas and then traveled to Morgantown, WV to beat the Mountaineers on Tuesday, Jan 22nd. As any coach will tell you the players have to have "short-term memory." Translated from coach speak, it means that regardless of a game's outcome, a team needs to forget about it and move on to the most important game - the next one.

The Lady Raiders (15-4, 5-2) will play their next opponent, the TCU Horned Frogs (7-10, 0-6) today at Noon in Lubbock at the USA. The Lady Raiders return home after battling the West Virginia Mountaineers in a game that was so tightly fought it went into overtime. Tech never gave up and fought for every possession and every basket and in the end beat the Mountaineers 77-73. The Lady Raiders were out rebounded in the 1st half and went into the locker room at half-time down by 9 points with a score of 38-29. Tech made adjustments and came back in the 2nd half and went on a 14-3 run and continuously beat the Mountaineers on the boards (26-14). The Lady Raiders were also hot at the free-throw line making 15 of 20 shots. The game was the first meeting between Tech and West Virginia. The win places Texas Tech in the 3rd spot in the Big12 standings.

The game today will be the 39th meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Horned Frogs. Tech leads the series 37-1. One of the areas the Lady Raiders worked on in the off-season was the free-throws. They would have won a number of last years games if they had hit their free-throws. They are averaging 68.7% but have been as high as 87% at the FT line.. They have also improved their 3-Pt completions making them count over 1/3 of the time on average but since conference play closer to 45% completions. A lot of Tech's opponents have height advantage but the Lady Raiders have fought and won most of the rebound battles and have continually attacked the basket and the boards. This leaves Tech a little exposed on the outer perimeter and so the 3-point field-goal defense is down but overall this team is excellent at defense.

The TCU Horned Frogs have not won a Big12 conference game and so they will be fighting hard to get that first win. The players to watch on the TCU team are Freshman Guard Zahna Medley, who was the Big12 WBB Freshman of the Week. Medley averaged 15.5 points and 2.5 rebounds for the week. She scored 10 points at West Virginia and followed that up with a 21-point outing against K-State. She has also hit the 20-point mark four times this season, which is the most of any freshman in the Big 12. She closed out the first half of the K-State game by scoring 11 of the Frog's final 21 points, then recorded 10 of the team's final 16 in the contest. Medley is the only rookie in the Big 12 to rank in the top 10 in scoring and assists. The TCU Center Junior Latricia Lovings is rebounding and blocking machine. She posted 13 boards against K-State. Lovings is the Big12 conference leader in rebounding and has quietly become one of the nation's top rebounders as she currently ranks No. 1 in the conference overall and in league play in defensive rebounding. She has now grabbed 13 rebounds in back-to-back games, while recording double-digit boards in three conference contests. Lovings, who is also No. 1 in the Big12 in blocked shots overall and No. 4 in the NCAA, is averaging 10.7 boards a game in league play.

Texas Tech is finally getting a little love and is receiving votes but is not yet ranked. I have said it before I really don't care if we are ranked I just want s to win and continue to improve and grow the program. The lady Raiders lead the Big 12 Conference in total steals with 222 in 19 games (11.68 per game). The Lady Raiders lead the Big 12 and are #15 in the Nation with a +5.95 turnover margin. The Lady Raiders have dominated their opponents by outscoring them an average of 13.2.1pts per game. Tech's FT% is currently 67.2%. Coach Kristy Curry is in her 7th season and her current record at Texas Tech is 124-91.

The Horned Frogs' Head Coach, Jeff Mitie is in his 14th season with TCU. His career record is 427-199 and at TCU 276-140. He has guided TCU to 11 postseason appearances in 12 years (nine NCAA Tournament berths)

The Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech

G Monique Smalls Averages 8.6 Pts and has 40 Steals

G Casey Morris Averages 12.2 Pts and has a 78.3% FT%

G Chynna Brown Averages 11.1 Pts and 5.2 Rebounds/game

F Christine Hyde Averages 10.3 Pts and 5.5 Rebounds/game

F Kelsi Baker Averages 9.9 Pts and 5.3 Rebounds/game

TCU

G Zahna Medley Averages 13.5 Pts and has a 75.4% FT%

G Kamy Cole Averages 10.1 Pts and has a 84.6% FT%

C Latricia Lovingst Averages 6.8 Pts and 10.4 Rebounds/game

F Veja Hamilton Averages 5.3 Pts and 4.8 Rebounds/game

F Natalie Ventress Averages 11.5 Pts and 4.6 Rebounds/game

Notes:

Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry on seniors Casey Morris and Chynna Brown, who have sparked the Lady Raiders' offense in Big 12 play:

"It's interesting because you look at who we've been playing and they can't decide if they want to put their strongest defender on Casey or Chynna and you've really got a problem there. I don't mean that in an arrogant way, it's just a match-up problem."

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The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Central (FSCEN) and/or FSPAC

To listen to the game go to TexastechTV (http://www.texastech.com/allaccess/)

The game can be heard on the radio 93.7 FM (Lubbock and on the Texas Tech Sports Network(www.TexasTech.com)

Live stats will be available on Gametracker at www. www.texastech.com/gamet


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