WBB: Lady Raiders v K-State Wildcats

Lady Raiders play the K-State Wildcats

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RAIDER !!!!       POWER!!!!

Game: Texas Tech Lady Raiders vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Date: Saturday, Feb 15, 2014

Time: 2:00pm CST

Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS

TV: Fox Sports  (FCS Pacific)

Streaming Audio: TexasTech.TV

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (93.7 FM Lubbock)  and  K-State Sports Network

Gametracker: www.texastech.com/gametracker

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The Lady Raiders (6-18, 0-4), head to Manhattan, Kansas today to play the K-State Wildcats (9-14, 3-9) at the Bramlage Coliseum at 2:00pm CST.  This game will be the 26th meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Lady Wildcats. K-State leads the series 13-12 after their win over Tech on January 14, 2014 (65-72).

If any game is winnable for the Lady Raiders it should be this one.  The game was an extremely tight game against the Wildcats in January and K-State has also struggled this year and only has three wins in Big12 play. In the last meeting between these teams, Amber Battle scored a career high of 32 points and Minta Spears had 12 points. In the last few games, there have been moments of great play and for the most part the Lady Raiders kept the game on Wednesday against the Baylor Bears close right up to the end (75-58).  Jasmine Caston has been improving and she scored 19 points against Baylor. If Diamond Lockhart and Ivonne Cook-Taylor can have good games and the Lady Raider Starters play well, then Tech can beat K-State today.

The Big12 Conference web-site ran an article on Amber Battle this week.  She has taken the leadership role this year and she is the best player on this squad. Battle is very level-headed and very strong and athletic.

"I want to finish playing as hard as I can," Battle said. "I want to prepare myself to be a senior leader and help my teammates grow on and off the court, while being the best person I can be."

The Wildcats main threats comes from Junior Guard Ashia Woods, who averages 10.7 ppg and 3.6 rebounds and Senior Forward Katya Leick, who averages 9.5 ppg and 4.8 rebounds and is a strong 3-point shooter with a 46.7% 3-Pt accuracy.  Freshman Guard Leticia Romero is averaging 14.2 ppg and 5.7 rebounds and rarely misses at the free-throw line, averaging 79.8% FT%. K-State attacks from the 3-Pt range and tend to come out quick and score strongly in the first half of their games but then they have waned at the end.

The Wildcats' Head Coach, Deb Patterson is in her 18th season with Kansas State. Her career record is 348-221 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, 9.0 PPG and 2.5 RPG and 83.3 FT%

G - Audrisa Harrison, Junior Transfer, 5-10, 4.0 PPG and 4.7 RPG and 71.9 FT%

G - Amber Battle, Junior, 5-9, 17.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG and 73.8 FT%

C - Shauntal Nobles, RS Senior, 6-3,  5.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG and 68.3 FT%

G - Marina Lizarazu,  Freshman, 5-8,  5.5 PPG and 1.3 RPG and 56.3 FT%

K-State

F -  Breanna Lewis,  Freshman, 6-5,  5.2 PPG and 4.5 RPG and 35.5 FT%

F -  Katya Leick,  Senior, 6-1, 8.1 PPG and 4.6 RPG and 71.7 FT%

G -  Leticia Romero,  Freshman, 5-8, 14.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG and 79.8 FT%

G -  Kindred Wesemann,  Freshman, 5-8, 4.1 PPG and 1.7 RPG and 80.0 FT%

G -  Ashia Woods,   Junior, 5-11,  10.7 PPG and 3.6 RPG and 63.8 FT%

Notes:

Texas Tech is 79th in NCAA Division I and 4th in the Big 12 Conference with  72.6 free throw percentage (328 of 452.

Texas Tech is 7th in the Big 12 Conference with 3.5 blocks per game.

Amber Battle is 7th in Rebounding at 7.7 rpg and 4th in Scoring averaging 17.7 in the Big 12 Conference and 83rd in NCAA Division I

Minta Spears scored 14 points on Wednesday vs. Baylor. It was the 3rd time in six games she has scored in double digits and 10th overall this season. Spears also hit two 3-pointers - her seventh consecutive game with a three and 13th game overall with multiple 3-pointers made.

Jasmine Caston scored a career-high 19 points on Wednesday vs. Baylor.

Haley Schneider finished with two blocks on Wednesday vs. Baylor. She leads Tech with 42 on the season. Schneider is 5th in the Big 12 Conference and 59th in NCAA Division I

Twenty Big 12 league games have been decided by 7-or-less points with nine of those determined by 5-or-fewer points.

With its six teams, the Big 12 is one of just two leagues with at least 60 percent of its squads listed in the top 48 of the NCAA RPI.

Ninety percent of Big 12 teams have a win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

Every Big 12 team has a league loss and 9-of-10 teams have at least three conference victories.

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The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Pacific

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 (14.4) - - Scoring Leader - - Battle (17.7)
Romero (5.7) - - Rebounding Leader - - Battle (7.7)
Romero (4.6) - - Assist Leader - - Lizarazu (2.8)
63.2 - - Scoring - - 59.8
68.6 - - Scoring Defense - - 69.3
-5.4 - - Scoring Margin - - -9.6
0.384 - - FG % - - 0.371
0.405 - - FG % Defense - - 0.43
0.287 - - 3-Pt. % - - 0.276
0.313 - - 3 Pt. % Defense - - 0.366
0.689 - - FT % - - 0.726
13.3 - - Assists/game - - 10.6
36.4 - - Rebounds/game - - 35.8
38.1 - - Opp. Rebounds/game - - 39.2
-1.7 - - Rebounding Margin - - -3.5
18.1 - - Turnovers/game - - 16.3
15.9 - - Opp. Turnovers - - 14.7
7.3 - - Steals/game - - -1.5
3 - - Blocks/game - - 3.5
645 (21.5) - - 1st Half Pts - - 647 (20.9)
735 (24.5) - - Opp. 1st Half Pts - - 780 (25.3)
798 (26.6) - - 2nd Half Pts - - 783 (25.4)
822 (27.4) - - Opp. 2nd Half Pts - - 871 (28.4)
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