The Lady Raiders play the Texas Longhorns in Austin, TX on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 7pm CST at the Frank Erwin Center. This will be the 87th meeting between these two teams. Texas holds the lead in the series, 60-26. Tech won the last meeting in Lubbock on Jan 28, 2012.
Tech enters the game after beating Iowa State on Sunday Feb 12, 2012 in Lubbock (51-41). The game reflected the Lady Raider style of aggressiveness and speed. Senior Forward Kierra Mallard twisted her knee in the latter part of the first half and did not return to the game. The Lady Longhorns ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb 11, 2012. Texas led at the half and stayed ahead of the OSU Cowgirls in the 2nd half with a final score of 69-53.
What's at Stake: Tech is trying to be one of the top 6 six teams in the Big 12 to get a first-round bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Championship. Currently they are tied with Oklahoma State and Iowa State in the Big 12 standings. Secondly, every victory is needed if Tech is to get into the NCAA Tournament. A win over the Longhorns would also break a 5-year drought in which Tech has not won in Austin since 2006. The Lady Longhorns are looking for their 15th win and their 5th Conference game win. UT will be trying to move out of the cellar of the Big 12 standings.
Comments: Tech MUST win this game if they are to get ahead of Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the standings. They need to play aggressive and control the boards. They need to continue to improve on the FT% and capitalize on take-aways. I hope they take the momentum from the Iowa State game and continue to win the remainder of the season.
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Current record: Tech's current season record is 17-7, 5-7, 2-5 Big 12. Texas' current season record is 14-10, 4-8 Big12.
Players to watch:
Tech: Senior Forward Kierra Mallard is averaging 11.7 pts and 8.2 rebounds/game and has 49 blocks and 34 steals; Junior Guard Casey Morris averages 9.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds/game and has 48 steals and has a 86 FT%; Junior Christine Hyde is averaging 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds/game and has 27 steals; Junior Guard Monique Smalls is averaging 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds and has 70 steals; Sophomore Kelsi Baker averages 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds/game and has 9 blocks and 17 steals; Sophomore Forward Shauntal Nobles is averaging 6.5 pts and 5.1 rebounds/game and has 20 blocks and 19 steals. Junior Guard Chynna Brown is averaging 8.7 pts and 4.1 rebounds/game and has 20 steals; Senior Forward Jordan Barncastle averages 5.2 pts/game and completes 78% FTs and has 10 steals and 6 blocks.
Texas: Freshman Forward Nneka Enemkpali is averaging 3.8 pts and 5 rebounds/game and has 17 bloacks and 13 steals; Senior Guard Yvonne Anderson avarages 11.7 pts and 3.3 rebounds/game and has 60 steals; Sophomore Guard Chassidy Fussell averages 16.7 pts and 4.3 rebounds/game and has 36 steals and is over 88% Free-throw shooter; Senior Guard Ashleigh Fontenette averages 11.3 pts and 4.2 rebounds/game and 38 steals; Sophomore Point Guard Anne Marie Hartung averages 5.4 pts and 4.3 rebounds/game and has 10 blocks and 19 steals
Previously Play: The Lady Red Raiders played the Iowa State Cyclones in Lubbock on Sunday, Feb 12th, 2012. It was a very aggressive performance for the Lady Raider and they won 51-41. Tech only allowed the Cyclones a 27.1 FG% and 19.2 3-Pt% and only 4 second chance points. The leading scorer, was Chynna Brown with 19 points. Senior Forward Kierra Mallard injured her knee a few minutes before half-time and did not return to the game. The Lady Longhorns are coming off a win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in Austin, TX on Sat., Feb 11, 2012. While Texas has struggled this year, this win ended a four-game losing streak. They had 4 players in double-digits and after a slow start took control of the game right before the half and beat OSU 69-53. Texas held the Cowgirls to a 29.5 FG% and only allowed OSU 7 points off turnovers.
Coaches: Kristy Curry is coaching her 6th season at Tech. (105-80). Gail Goestenkors is entering her 5th season with the Texas Longhorns (98-60).
Last Year: The Lady Red Raiders finished the 2010-11 season 22-11, 8-8 with a tie for 6th place in the Big12. Tech returns 11 players (3 Starters) from last year's team and welcomed 2 newcomers. The Texas Longhorns finished the 2010-11 season 19-14, 7-9 and finished in 7th place in the Big12. The Lady Longhorns were invited to the NCAA Tournament but lost in the 1st round. Texas returned 9 Letterwinners (4 Starters) and have 5 newcomers.
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock) and Texas (KVET 103.1 FM and 1300 AM)
Streaming video none will be available
TV: Longhorn Network
Game Thread will go up at 6:45pm CST on Wednesday , Feb 15, 2012
Other Notes and Quotes:
Four of the Lady Raiders earned a spot on the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team, Junior Mary Bokencamp (Biology) represented with 4.00 GPAs was chosen for the First Team as well as Senior Jordan Barncastle (Biology) for her third time on the First Team. Second Team has Junior Shauntal Nobles (Business Mgmt) and Sophomore Kelsi Baker (Multidisciplinary Studies).
The Big 12 is listed first in the Sagarin and Collegiate Basketball News' Women's RPI ratings.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team in the top 94 of the NCAA RPI. Nine teams are in the top 64.
The Big 12 is the only conference with every team ranked in the top 80 for strength of schedule with nine in the top 43.
Twenty-five of 47 games in conference play have been decided by single digits, including 14 by five-or-less points.
Home squads have a 27-23 advantage in Big 12 games after posting a nation-leading 68-3 (.958) mark in home non-conference games.
The Big 12 is averaging over 5,300 fans per home game. Five Conference schools are ranked in the Top 13 -- No. 2. Iowa State (9,789), No. 7 Texas Tech (7,708), No. 8 Baylor (7,688), No. 10 Oklahoma (6,865) and No. 13 Texas A&M (6,220).
The Lady Raiders are the second-highest scoring team in the Big 12 (75.2), are second in turnover margin (+4.38) and lead the league in steals (13.4) and offensive rebounds (18.63).
Head Coach Kristy Curry
On big win
"Well they are all big from here on out, we've got about to midnight to enjoy it and we've got to bounce back. There's got to be a sense of urgency. You don't get to March if you don't understand that. There was not much celebrating in the locker room, I asked them why they weren't more excited. It is more just about business that you've got to take care of."
On Kierra Mallard
"She will have an MRI in the morning."
On halftime message and Kierra going down
"I didn't really change my message. We talked about when she went down in the huddle just when family has adversity, the rest of the family has to step up. I told them after the game that I think the thing I am most proud of today is how we persevered through a lot of adversity. Not only did Kierra go down, which is terrible. They you look and Mo goes down, she goes to the locker room and they are probably thinking the worst, and so are we. Just their character today was just outstanding. We had a lot of folks that did a lot of little things that may not show up on the stats sheet, but did a great job."
On Chynna Brown
"She has the ability to really create and be aggressive. She is prepared to catch and shoot, and be prepared to dribble for us. She is not afraid of that challenge, you've got to have somebody that wants to score. She just wants she team to win. I liked how aggressive she was, but she always is."
On holding them to 41 points
"We wanted to make them uncomfortable, and I thought we did that, absolutely. It was a great effort, anytime you can hold an Iowa State team to that. I thought our change in defense was effective, on our pressure; we would go to our zone. I am not sure they were real comfortable against the zone, I have seen that on film recently and I thought we capitalized on that."
On pulling away at the end of the game
"That was huge. It says a lot about our perimeter, Casey, Mo, Chynna, and Christine. I thought Hyde's minutes were big down the stretch. Just communication down the stretch was important, we were able to make our free throws and keep our heads up. I loved our team today, they showed great leadership."
On changes to the game
"Chynna has been playing well, she played well at Oklahoma State. It wasn't anything Christine had done wrong other than what Chynna had done right. I though Christine was there as a spark in the second half. It is all about team with them, whatever we need to do they are going to find a way to step up."
"We came out aggressive and shot the ball. We were just trying to rebound and guard, we just needed to get a win."
On shooting well and starting today
"Well I shot the ball well today in shoot-arounds, so I found those shots on certain areas of the floor and taking those shots. Most of all, just trying to be aggressive. If the defense was on me I just tried to kick it out to one of my teammates. Starting today, I feel like it didn't change anything. I just wanted to bring energy and a spark."
On feeling today
"We were a little pumped up, the fans helped. The fans that did come out, we appreciate it due to the weather. We just came out together ready to go. We talked to each other and said that we need this win."
On being play
"I just wanted to be aggressive, and match up to their posts well and stop them from getting the ball. It was a good team effort today, and I want to do my best to contribute."
On her mindset after Mallard went out
"Step up, be aggressive offensively, set good screens, be aggressive offensively and rebound the ball."
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
|TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-7, 5-7)|
|Monique Smalls||23||5-6||G||JR||8.3 pts/game|
|Casey Morris||15||5-9||G||JR||9.7 pts/game|
|Christine Hyde||5||5-10||G||JR||9.0 pts/game|
|Jordan Barncastle||1||6-2||F||SR||5.2 pts/game|
|Shauntal Nobles||33||6-3||F||So.||6.4 pts/game|
|Texas Longhorns (14-10, 4-8)|
|Nikki Moody||3||6-1||F||Fr||3.8 pts/game|
|Lauren Mansfield||12||5-7||G||Sr||11.7 pts/game|
|Chassidy Cole||24||5-10||G||So||16.7 pts/game|
|Chelsea Poppens||33||5-8||G||Sr||11.3 pts/game|
|Hallie Christofferson||44||6-3||P||So||5.4 pts/game|
Four Factors to Winning
|The Four Factors to Winning||UT||Texas Tech|
|Ball Handling TO%||0.386||0.388|
|Off rebounding OR%||0.368||0.411|
|Shooting FTs FT Rate||0.68||0.661|
|Texas Tech||17-7, 5-7||1665||69.4|
|Texas Tech||17-7, 5-7||1371||57.1|
|Free Throw %||FT Made||FT Attempts||Pct.|
|Field Goal %||FG||FG A||Pct.|
|Field Goal % Defense||FG||FGA||Pct.|
|3-Point FG %||FG||FGA||Pct.|
|3-Point FG % Defense||FG||FGA||Pct.|