Lady Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Spo

Lady Raiders play the TCU Horned Frogs

Go Lady Raiders!!!

RAIDER !!!!    POWER !!!!

Game: Texas Tech Lady Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Date: Sunday, January 5, 2014

Time: 1:00pm CST

Location: "The USA" Lubbock, TX

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

RadioTexas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock)

Gametrackerwww.texastech.com/gametracker

Streaming videowww.texastech.com/allaccess

Listenwww.texastech.com/allaccess

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The Lady Raiders (6-6, 0-1) take on the TCU Horned Frogs (9-4, 0-1) today at the USA in Lubbock, TX at 1:00pm CST. This is the second game for Texas Tech and the first road game for TCU in Big12 competition. While TCU was chosen to finish in the 10th position this Lady Raiders team cannot take any team for granted.  This game will be the 41st time Tech and TCU have played. Texas Tech dominates the series with a 39-1 record.

This young Lady Raiders team showed its vulnerability during their opener with OU on Thursday.  In a nutshell, this team faltered on Thursday night.  They could not get into the paint and took all of their shots from the outside.  In many cases, the attempts at the basket did not result in any points. Tech lost to the Sooners 68-38.   I know this team is young and OU has a very experienced and bigger senior squad but the Lady Raiders are lacking the gumption and fearlessness that we saw from Monique Smalls, Chynna Brown and Casey Morris. The only ones that I see that are stepping up to the plate and showing some signs of gumption are Amber Battle and Marina Lizarazu.  Minta Spears has been sporadic in her performances in pre-conference and she only could muster one point on Thursday.   I am hoping that this team gained a lot of experience and got the opening game butterflies out of their system and that they come out to play today.

One of the improving trends for this Lady Raiders team is they have finally improved their Free-throws and are averaging 75.6% completions. They have also been strong in Blocked Shots averaging 3.9 per game. But they are falling short on FGs and 3-Ptrs with only 40% and 29.6% respectively.  The Lady Raiders have to get better at protecting the ball as they are averaging over 18 turnovers.

The Lady Raiders will need to start communicating better on the court and play as a team.  Amber Battle cannot do this on her own.  Tech needs to be great on the boards and make the points on the inside if they are to win this game. The Lady Raiders need to come out hot and ready to play and not warm up 5 minutes into the game. Tech needs play better and they need to focus on their FGs and make them count.

While TCU was chosen to finish at the bottom of the Big12 by the coach's poll, they come into this game with a better record than Tech.  Now on a closer look at that record, the Horned Frogs only played one Div1 basketball school, Purdue, and came up short in that game.

The Horned Frogs' Head Coach, Jeff Mittie is in his 15th season with TCU. His career record is 445-224 and with TCU 294-165.  The Mittie has guided the Horned Frogs' program to winning seasons in 13 of his 14 years while taking TCU to 11 consecutive postseason tournaments prior to 2012, including nine NCAA Tournament berths. Since his arrival in Fort Worth, Mittie has compiled a 285-161 (.639) record while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Mittie's 285 victories account for over 50 percent of the school's wins in 36 seasons of basketball.

The Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech

G - Minta Spears , RS Freshman, 5-10, 10.8 PPG and 3.0 RPG and 80.4 FT%

G - Audrisa Harrison, Junior Transfer, 5-10, 4.9 PPG and 6 RPG and 80.5 FT%

G - Amber Battle, Junior, 5-9, 17.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG and 72.5 FT%

C - Haley Schneider, 6-3, RS Senior 2.2 PPG and 2.3 RPG and 66.7 FT%

G - Marina Lizarazu , 5-8, Freshman, 6.6 PPG and 1.9 RPG and 66.7 FT%

TCU

G -  Veja Hamilton,  Sophomore, 5-10, 7.5 PPG and 4.5 RPG and 75.8 FT%

C -  Klara Bradshaw,   Freshman, 6-6, 6.5 PPG and 3.7 RPG and 18 Blocks

G -  Zahna Medley,  Sophomore, 5-6, 16.7 PPG and 2.9 RPG and 80.7 FT%

F -  Latricia Lovings,   Senior, 6-3, 6.9 PPG and 7.7 RPG and 48 Blocks

F -  Natalie Ventress,   Junior, 5-10,  11.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG and 66.7 FT%

Notes:

Texas Tech is 34th in NCAA Division I and 2nd in the Big 12 Conference with an 74.6 free throw percentage (173 of 232).

Texas Tech is 5th in the Big 12 Conference with 3.9 blocks per game.

Amber Battle is tied for the lead in the Big 12 Conference with four double-doubles this season. She is third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 18.4 points per game. Battle leads the Big 12 Conference in rebounding at 9.3 rebounds per game and she leads the Big 12 Conference in defensive rebounds with 7.0 per game.

Minta Spears is 19th overall and 3rd among freshmen in the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 11.6 points per game. She leads the Big 12 Conference in minutes played with 36.5 minutes per game.

Marina Lizarazu is 8th overall and 2nd among freshmen in the Big 12 Conference in assists with 3.9 per game.

Haley Schneider is 5th in the Big 12 Conference in blocked shots with 1.6 per game and 18 total this season.

The Big 12 begins conference play on Thursday with all 10 teams in action after wrapping up the majority of non-league play with an 89-27 record (.767). The lone non-conference game remaining is top-ranked Connecticut at Baylor on Jan. 13.

Every Big 12 team has completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a winning record for the seventh consecutive season.

The Big 12 has won 22 of its last 26 games with four teams finishing non-conference play with 10-or-more victories.

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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) and TCU Radio network (KTCU 88.7)

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

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