GDT: Lady Raiders v Kansas State Wildcats

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Lady Raiders vs. Kansas State Wildcats – Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:30pm CST

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Game: Lady Raiders vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Time: 12:30pm CST

Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS

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

Streaming Audio: www.texastech.com/allaccess/

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock) and K-State Sports Network

Gametracker: www.kstatesports.cstv.com/gametracker

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The Lady Raiders (21-7, 11-5) play the Kansas State Wildcats (13-15, 4-12) today at 12:30 p.m. CST at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS. The Lady Raiders are coming off a win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in Lubbock on Wednesday night. The Lady Raiders struggled at the beginning of the game and were down 16-6 at the 5 minute mark but then they rallied and went ahead at the 10 minute mark in the process of a 29-6 run. Tech led at the half 35-27. The OSU Cowgirls came out hot from the break and closed the game to within 5 points but Tech maintained their composure and the lead and won 61-53.

The Lady Raiders did not look as sharp as they have in other games as there was numerous times of sloppy ball handling but the Bench Players played well and for the most part we dominated the game over Oklahoma State.

Kansas State and Texas Tech will be meeting for the 24th time. Tech leads the series 12-11. The Lady Raiders and the Wildcats play each other tough. In the last four meetings, three of the games were decided by two points or less. Tech beat the Wildcats in Lubbock in January by nine points (59-50) and are looking to sweep the 6th team this season with a win today.

The Lady Raiders have only two games left before the Big12 Conference Tournament begins next weekend on March 8th. They have a tight schedule. Kansas State today and then the final home game and Senior night on Monday against Oklahoma. The Lady Raiders has played strong and sound defense all season. But even with the Bench Players showing improvement in their play this team does not have much depth. It pretty much rides on the shoulders of the 4 Seniors Monique Smalls, Casey Morris Chynna Brown, Christine Hyde and Junior Kelsi Baker.

If Tech is to beat Kansas State tonight, they have to come out hitting their FGs and maintaining their high percentage (71.1% FT%) on the FT% or higher and they will need to not turn the ball over to the Wildcats. They will need to defend against the 3-Point range shots as K-State love to shoot the threes.

Kansas State is a fairly young team and they have struggled this season in Big12 play. Kansas State is a strong 3-Pt team and they are strong on the Rebounds and Steals. They have attempted more 3-Pt shots then any other team in the Big12 (793). The Wildcats play a fast paced game and are good on Steals (9.6/apg) and Assists (11.8/apg). The two players to watch on the Wildcats team are Senior Guard Brittany Chambers and Sophomore Guard Haley Texada. Chambers averages 19.8 points per game and 7.5 Rebounds per game. Texada averages 11.6 points per game and has been in double figures in 10 of the last 14 games. She also averages 71.9 at the FT line. The Wildcats are currently tied in the 8th place in the Big12 standings with the Longhorns.

Texas Tech leads the Big 12 Conference in total steals with 296 in 28 games (11.57 per game). Texas Tech enters this game tied with Iowa State for the 2nd place spot in the Big12 standings. The Lady Raiders lead the Big 12 and are #18 in the Nation with a +5.75 turnover margin. Coach Kristy Curry is in her 7th season and her current record at Texas Tech is 130-94 and but is only 3-5 against Kansas State.

The Wildcats' Head Coach, Deb Patterson is in her 17th season with Kansas State. Her career record is 333-204 and with Kansas State. During her time in Manhattan, Patterson has directed the program to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, nine 20-win seasons, two Big 12 regular season titles (2004 and 2008) and one postseason WNIT crown (2006). In the history of K-State women's basketball, Patterson is the longest tenured coach and has the most NCAA Tournament appearances and the most 20-win seasons of any of her predecessors.

The Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech

G__Monique Smalls__Averages 8.3 Pts and has 30 Steals

G__Casey Morris__Averages 12.4 Pts and has a 78.8% FT%

G__Chynna Brown__Averages 13.0 Pts and has 25 Steals

F__Christine Hyde__Averages 9.1 Pts and 5.8 Rebounds/game

F__Kelsi Baker__Averages 10.4 Pts and 5.2 Rebounds/game

Oklahoma State

G__Haley Texad__Averages 11.6 Pts and has a 71.9% FT%

G__Brittany Chambers__Averages 19.8 Pts and 7.5 Rebounds/game

G__Bri Craig__Averages 8.8 Pts and 3.5 Rebounds/game

G__Mariah White__Averages 7.4 Pts and has a 76.1% FT%

F__Chantay Caron__Averages 6.0 Pts and 3.8 Rebounds/game

Notes:

Texas Tech leads Big 12 in steals (10.7/game) & turnover margin (+5.5).

Chynna Brown is averaging 15.9 points in Big 12 play (4th Big 12).

Monique Smalls has a 2.7 assist to turnover ratio in Big 12 play (2nd Big 12).

Christine Hyde is 87.8 percent (36 of 41) at the FT line in Big 12 play (3rd Big 12).

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. 25 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.

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The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Central (FSCEN) and/or FSPAC. (In te ATX area on TW it its listed on Ch 433 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.kstatesports.cstv.com/gametracker.

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Team Comparisons
Texas Tech Category K-State
65.4 Scoring 61.8
57.4 Opp. Scoring 64.5
+8.0 Scoring Margin -2.7
39.00% FG % 37.40%
40.10% Opp. FG % 43.00%
32.40% 3-Pt. % 29.30%
30.50% Opp. 3 Pt. % 35.00%
71.10% FT % 71.00%
10.5 Assists/game 11.8
36.5 Rebounds/game 33.8
36.1 Opp. Rebounds/game 38.9
+0.4 Rebounding Margin -5.1
14.1 Turnovers/game 14.7
19.9 Opp. Turnovers 16.5
10.6 Steals/game 9.4
2.2 Blocks/game 1.5
884 (31.6) 1st Half Pts 833 (29.8)
724 (25.9) Opp. 1st Half Pts 827 (29.5)
934 (33.4) 2nd Half Pts 865 (30.9)
873 (31.2) Opp. 2nd Half Pts 945 (33.8)
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