Raider Red - Ed Zurga
Lady Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks – Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 12 Noon CST
Go Lady Raiders!!!
RAIDER !!!! POWER!!!!
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Time: 12 Noon CST
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Streaming Audio: www.texastech.com/allaccess/
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock)
The Lady Raiders (19-7, 9-5) take on the Kansas Jayhawks (16-9,7-7) today in Lawrence, KS at the Allen Fieldhouse at 12pm CST. The Lady Raiders beat the Longhorns in Lubbock on Sunday Feb 17th. The win gave Tech the sweep over the Longhorns this season after previously beating them in Austin in January. Tech struggled in the first part of this game and did not lead until the seven minute mark in the 1st half but the Lady Raiders led at half-time 36-27 and never relented the lead. They led by as much as 14 points and were glad to get the win in front of the 1993 National Champs that were honored at half-time and all weekend at Texas Tech.
The Lady Raiders might not have been as tall as the Texas players, but they out maneuvered them and controlled the Turnovers and capitalized on them to get the win. The Longhorns rallied at the end of the game but Tech answered back and won 69-62. The win places Tech back in the 3rd place spot in the Big12 standings. The Lady Raiders continue to do well at the Free-throw line and have improved on their 3-Point shots.
The Lady Raiders will have to play a very aggressive and defensive game today if they are to beat Kansas. The Jayhawks will have the height advantage and are strong on 3-Pt shots and on offensive rebounds and at the free-throw line. The Lady Raiders will have to play a tightly controlled game and play their best defense if they are to beat the Jayhawks. Tech will have to come out aggressive and stay ahead of the Jayhawks.
The Kansas Jayhawks are coming into this game from a loss in Austin against the Longhorns. The Jayhawks beat the Oklahoma Sooners at home last Sunday.. They were picked to finish 4th in the 2012-13 Big12 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll but they are currently tied for 5th place with Oklahoma State. With Oklahoma State beating Oklahoma yesterday, the Jayhawks will want to get this win to maintain their standings. The Jayhawks are lead by Senior Guard Angel Goodrich and Senior Forward Carolyn Davis. Goodrich averages 13.9 points/game and makes over 75% of her Free-throw shots and averages 3.2 Steals/game. Davis averages 16 PPG and averages 6.6 rebounds /game. Four out of five of the starters make over 70% of their free-throw attempts.
Texas Tech leads the Big 12 Conference in total steals with 276 in 26 games (10.62 per game). The Lady Raiders lead the Big 12 and are #21 in the Nation with a +5.19 turnover.. Tech's FT% is currently 71%. Coach Kristy Curry is in her 7th season and her current record at Texas Tech is 128-94 and is 6-2 against Kansas.
The Jayhwaks' Head Coach, Bonnie Henrickson is in her 9th season with Kansas. Her career record is 312-192 and at Kansas 154-130. During Henrickson's time at Kansas, she has taken the Jayhawks to postseason play in 6 of her 8 seasons. Last year the Jayhawks made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
The Starting Lineups:
G_Monique Smalls__Averages 8.3 Pts and has 49 Steals
G_Casey Morris__Averages 12.2 Pts and has a 8.2.5% FT%
G_Chynna Brown__Averages 12.4 Pts and 5.2 Rebounds/game
F_Christine Hyde__Averages 9.2 Pts and 5.8 Rebounds/game
F_Kelsi Baker__Averages 10.6 Pts and 5.3 Rebounds/game
G_Angel Goodrich__Averages 13.9 Pts and has a 75.4% FT%
G_Monica Engelman__Averages 8.3 Pts and has a 84.6% FT%
G_CeCe Hrper__Averages 4.6 Pts and has a 88.1% FT%
F_Chelsea Gardner__Averages 9 Pts and 6.4 Rebounds/game
F_Carolyn Davis__Averages 16 Pts and 6.6 Rebounds/game
|Texas Tech||NCAA Rank||Kansas||NCAA Rank|
|Field Goal %||39.30%||150th||43.60%||26th|
|3-Point Field Goal %||32.30%||85th||29.40%||179th|
|Free Throw %||71.00%||103rd||69.70%||136th|
|Rebounds Per Game||36.6||244th||39.1||149th|
|Assists Per Game||10.5||288th||16.6||17th|
|Turnovers Per Game||14.4||40th||16.4||121st|
|Steals Per Game||10.6||56th||8.3||193rd|
|Blocks Per Game||2.3||297th||3.9||91st|
Brown joined the 1,000-point club Sunday. Texas Tech's Chynna Brown has scored 1,001 points in her career.
Standings A Jumbled Puzzle
After Texas Tech closed out the weekend with its 69-62 victory over Texas, the Big 12 standings from second through seventh was a crowded, hot mess.
What's all this stuff about the standings mean? First, there could be some wicked tiebreakers needed to unravel the seeds No. 2 through No. 7 for the Big 12 Championship. Second, there's a good chance that the Big 12 will place seven teams in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The team that is the seventh seed, though, figures to go into selection Monday residing in Bubble Land.
The top six teams in the Big 12 Championship receive first-round byes. Two games will be played on the Championship's first day with No. 7 vs. No. 10 and No. 8 vs. No. 9. Typically, teams want to avoid playing in those opening round games because it means winning four games to capture the title.
However, if the No. 7 seed is on the bubble, it could actually benefit. Playing and winning an extra game might help the NCAA resume. And, the winner of the 7 vs. 10 game plays the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals. That means not facing Baylor, which has clinched the No. 1 seed.
Iowa State and Texas Tech are each 9-5 and tied for second place behind Baylor, which has clinched the regular-season title. Oklahoma is alone in fourth place at 8-5. Kansas and Oklahoma State are tied for fifth place with 7-6 records. West Virginia is in seventh place at 7-7.
"It's the parity," Lady Raiders coach Kristy Curry said. "We're the No. 1 RPI league in the country so it's phenomenal conference from top to bottom. Things have fallen into place but we're just worried about the next game. But believe me, we want to put an exclamation point on this season."
Texas Tech: The Lady Raiders lost at Baylor 89-47 Tuesday Feb 12th but the good news is that the Lady Raiders are finished with the defending national champions (unless they meet up in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship). All five of Texas Tech's Big 12 losses have come to teams in the top half of the standings. The Lady Raiders took care of business Sunday, winning at home against Texas and moving into a tie for second place.
Texas Tech's win over Texas on Sunday completed a season sweep of the Longhorns for the first time since 2006. It is only the fifth time in school history that Tech completed a season sweep of the Longhorns (1995, 1998, 2000, 2006). Texas became the third team Tech has swept this season (West Virginia, TCU). It is the first time Tech has swept three teams in one season since 2004-05 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M).
The Big 12 is No. 1 in conference RPI in both CBN and Sagarin ratings.
The Big 12 is the ONLY league with seven teams in the top 41 of the Feb. 18 NCAA RPI.
Seven Big 12 teams have played in the NCAA Tournament since 2001 with a conference record below .500, including two in 2012. Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 last year with a conference mark below .500. This year seven teams are currently at .500 or above in Big 12 play.
Twenty-seven Big 12 games have been decided by single digits and five have gone into overtime.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team in the top 61 of Collegiate Basketball News' strength of schedule.
The Big 12 is the only league in which 50 percent of its teams have 18-plus wins.
The Big 12 is the lone conference in which 80 percent of its teams have a winning record.
The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports (FSNSW)
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.kuathletics.com/gametracker.