Lady Raiders play the TCU Horned Frogs

WBB Smalls reaching for BB - Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Lady Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs – Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 7pm CST

The Lady Raiders are looking for their second season sweep of a Big12 opponent when they go up against TCU tonight. Tech defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers in both games played this season, first in Morgantown in January and then in Lubbock this week. The Lady Raiders defeated the Mountaineers on Wednesday night 76-63. Tech for the most part dominated the game against WV with the exception of the first few minutes of the game. The Mountaineers used their pressure defense all night but Tech pushed through and used a 20-8 run to take the lead at the half 29-17 and never looked back. The Lady Raiders held the Mountaineers to an 18.4% FG%. The win places Texas Tech in a tie for the 3rd spot in the Big12 standings with Iowa State

The Lady Raiders (17-6, 7-4) are on a 2 game road trip. The first game is against the TCU Horned Frogs (7-14, 0-10) tonight at 7pm CST in Fort Worth at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum. Tech needs to play like they have all season, as a very cohesive team. This game can not be overlooked and they cannot be caught looking ahead to the game on Tuesday against Baylor in Waco. Tech needs to come out aggressive in each of their games. They cannot afford to let the opposing teams take the lead and the Lady Raiders need to dictate the game flow and pace and not let their opponents decide

The game today will be the 40th meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Horned Frogs. Tech leads the series 38-1. The Lady Raiders will have to play around TCU's Center Latricia Lovings (6' 3 "). The Junior Center is only behind Baylor's Brittney Griner in Blocks in the Big12 stats. Lovings has 77 Blocks for an average of 3.67 Blocks per game this season. The Lady Raiders will have to fight and win the rebound battles and they need to continue to attack the basket and the boards. The Lady Raiders have been strong at the free-throw line this season with a 69.7% FT% and in some games as high as 87% FT %. They are also a very much improved at 3-Pointers with a 33.1% completion but since conference play closer to 45% completions.

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 averages 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds for the week. She has also hit the 20-point mark four times this season, which is the most of any freshman in the Big 12. 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. Lovings averages 9.9 rebounds per game and as noted above averages 3.67 Blocks/game. Lovings, who is also No. 4 in blocked shots overall in the NCAA..

The lady Raiders lead the Big 12 Conference in total steals with 247 in 23 games (10.74 per game). The Lady Raiders lead the Big 12 and are #26 in the Nation with a +5.09 turnover margin. Coach Kristy Curry is in her 7th season and her current record at Texas Tech is 126-93.

The Horned Frogs' Head Coach, Jeff Mitie is in his 14th season with TCU. His career record is 427-199 and at TCU 283-154. He has guided TCU to 11 postseason appearances in 12 years (nine NCAA Tournament berths)

The Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech

G__Monique Smalls___Averages 8.8 Pts and has 43 Steals

G__Casey Morris___Averages 12.0 Pts and has a 81.8% FT%

G__Chynna Brown___Averages 5.4 Pts and 5.4 Rebounds/game

F__Christine Hyde___Averages 9.5 Pts and has a 80.9% FT%

F__Kelsi Baker___Averages 10.3 Pts and 5.3 Rebounds/game

TCU

G__Zahna Medley___Averages 12.9 Pts and has a 75.4% FT%

G__Kamy Cole___Averages 9.4 Pts and has a 84.6% FT%

C__Latricia Lovingst___Averages 6.7 Pts and 9.9 Rebounds/game

F__Veja Hamilton___Averages 4.9 Pts and 4.9 Rebounds/game

F__Natalie Ventress___Averages 12 Pts and 4.6 Rebounds/game

Notes:

The game will not be broadcast on TV

To stream video for the game go to Gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess/

To listen to audio 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.texastech.com/gametracker

Gamethread will be up at 6:45pm

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Texas Tech TCU
Scoring 66 98th 60.5 204th
Defensive Scoring 56 62th 64.4 234th
Scoring Margin 10 55th -3.9 235th
Field Goal % 40.00% 123rd 34.50% 315th
3-Point Field Goal % 33.10% 62nd 32.00% 96th
Free Throw % 69.70% 129th 72.30% 69th
Rebounds Per Game 35.7 281st 38.6 183rd
Rebound Margin 1.6 133rd -4.4 293rd
Assists Per Game 10.4 298th 12.1 210th
Turnovers Per Game 14.7 42nd 16.4 118th
Steals Per Game 10.7 59th 8.6 176th
Turnover Margin 5.1 26th -0.3 180th
Blocks Per Game 2.3 296th 5 23rd
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