Texas Tech Lady Raiders vs. K-State Wildcats

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WBB: Texas Tech Lady Raiders vs. K-State Wildcats tonight at 7pm cst

Go Lady Raiders!!!

RAIDER !!!!    POWER !!!!

Game: Texas Tech Lady Raiders vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time: 7:00pm CST

Location: "The USA" Lubbock, TX

TV: FOX Sports Southwest

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

Gametracker: www.texastech.com/gametracker

Listen: www.texastech.com/allaccess

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The Lady Raiders (6-9, 0-4), are back on their home-court tonight.  Tech hosts the Kansas State Wildcats (6-9, 0-4) at the USA in Lubbock at 7:00pm CST.  Tech has another chance to get out of the basement of the Big12 and come out with the win tonight.  Both of these teams enter tonight's game with the same record and both will be gunning to get their first Big12 Conference win. This game will be the 25th meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Lady Wildcats. The series is tied at twelve games each so another reason or incentive to come out the winner at the final buzzer.

NOTE: I will not be able to watch this game but I am going to record it and watch it later tonight.  Cheer loud and hard for the Lady Raiders.

Texas Tech is coming off their second loss of two road games and their fifth loss in a row.  The Lady Raider just could not get anything going and could not stop the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence on Saturday night.  Amber Battle scored 15 points on the night but the rest of the team just could not get a basket to fall. I have said this all year, Battle cannot do it on her own and I am waiting for the rest of her teammates to start choosing their shots better and be aggressive on the boards and protect the ball and control the flow of the game, but it still has yet to happen.  I am sure Head Coach Candi Whitaker is frustrated, as are these players, in not being able to gel and function as a team.  I hope that they connect the dots and come together in this game tonight and grow as a team. They need to communicate out on the floor and be aggressive on the boards and protect the ball.  They mainly need to choose their shots and focus on making them count.

The Wildcats have come out quick and score strongly in the first half of their games but they seem to wane at the end or their opponents tend to be stronger second half teams.  K-State is better on the boards and communicates well compared to Tech but the Wildcats have turned the ball over more this season. The Kansas State Wildcats have struggled this season especially on the road, losing 10 straight road games and they, like Tech, have not pulled out a win in Big12 play but they have seen great strides and their highest scorer is a first year freshman. Guard Leticia Romero is averaging  13.4 ppg and 6.2 rebounds and rarely misses at the free-throw line, averaging 81.7% FT%.  The other main threat comes from Junior Guard Ashia Woods. She averages 11.4 points/game and 4.5 rebounds and is a strong 3-point shooter.

The Wildcats' Head Coach, Deb Patterson is in her 18th season with Kansas State. Her career record is 345-216 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 - Minta Spears , RS Freshman, 5-10, 9.5 PPG and 2.8 RPG and 82 FT%

G - Audrisa Harrison, Junior Transfer, 5-10, 4.5 PPG and 5.6 RPG and 80.6 FT%

G - Amber Battle, Junior, 5-9, 17.3 PPG and 8.3 RPG and 71.2 FT%

C - Shauntal  Nobles, 6-3, RS Senior 6.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG and 65 FT%

G - Marina Lizarazu , 5-8, Freshman, 6.6 PPG and 1.5 RPG and 66.7 FT%

K-State

G -  Haley Texada,  Junior,5-7,  7.4 PPG and 4.4 RPG and 57.7 FT%

F -  Katya Leick,  Senior, 6-1, 6.4 PPG and 4.4 RPG and 69.0 FT%

G -  Leticia Romero,  Freshman, 5-8, 13.4 PPG and 6.2 RPG and 81.7 FT%

F - Chantay Caron,  Senior, 5-11, 4.8 PPG and 1.8 RPG and 75.0 FT%

G -  Ashia Woods,   Junior, 5-11,  11.4 PPG and 4.5 RPG and 63.2 FT%

Notes:

Texas Tech is 44th in NCAA Division I and 4th in the Big 12 Conference with an 73.1 free throw percentage (198 of 271).

Texas Tech is 5th in the Big 12 Conference with 3.8 blocks per game.

Amber Battle is 1st in Rebounding at 8.6 rpg and 4th in Scoring averaging 17.4 in the Big 12 Conference and she leads the Big 12 Conference in defensive rebounds with 6.29 per game.

Haley Schneider is 5th in the Big 12 Conference in blocked shots with 1.71 per game and 24 total this season.

The Big 12 is the only conference in which 40 percent of its teams have one-or-fewer losses on the

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The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest  [FOX Sports Southwest Plus (Suddenlink: 81; AT&T Uverse 756/1756 HD; DirecTV 676; Dish 412)]

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

The game can be heard on the radio 97.3 FM (Lubbock and on the Texas Tech Sports Network (www.TexasTech.com) and  K-State Radio Network

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

K-State - - Category - - Texas Tech
Romero (13.4) - - Scoring Leader - - Battle (17.3)
Romero (6.2) - - Rebounding Leader - - Battle (8.3)
Romero (4.7) - - Assist Leader - - Lizarazu (3.5)
62.1 - - Scoring - - 61
65.5 - - Scoring Defense - - 63.9
-3.4 - - Scoring Margin - - -2.9
0.376 - - FG % - - 0.377
0.385 - - FG % Defense - - 0.393
0.271 - - 3-Pt. % - - 0.266
0.277 - - 3 Pt. % Defense - - 0.343
0.662 - - FT % - - 0.722
13.3 - - Assists/game - - 10.9
38.5 - - Rebounds/game - - 37.9
38.7 - - Opp. Rebounds/game - - 38.6
-0.3 - - Rebounding Margin - - -0.7
19.9 - - Turnovers/game - - 18.2
17.1 - - Opp. Turnovers - - 17.1
7.7 - - Steals/game - - 7.2
3.1 - - Blocks/game - - 3.7
441 (29.4) - - 1st Half Pts - - 417 (27.8)
443 (29.5) - - Opp. 1st Half Pts - - 445 (29.7)
480 (32.0) - - 2nd Half Pts - - 498 (33.2)
518 (34.5) - - Opp. 2nd Half Pts - - 513 (34.2)
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