The #25 Lady Raiders play the Missouri Tigers in Lubbock on Sunday, Feb 5, 2012 at 1pm CST at the USA. This will be the 20th meeting between these two teams. In the all-time series, Tech holds the lead 13-6 and has won three of the last four matchups.
Tech enters the game after losing to Texas A&M in a game that had Kierra Mallard back on the court. Tech played aggressively but could not get the balls to fall. The Mizzou Tigers are coming off a loss to the Baylor Bears. Every one of Mizzou's players got court time in a game that ended with a score of 71-41.
Game will be televised on FSN
What's at Stake: Tech will be looking for their 16th win and their 4th conference win. With Mizzou going to the SEC next year, this will be the last meeting between these two teams in Lubbock and Tech would like to get the win. Missouri is looking for their 1st conference win and their 11th win for the season.
Comments: The Lady Raiders were aggressive and very physical with the Aggies on Wednesday night's game. However they could not capitalize on most of their take-a-ways and had their lowest FG% for the season at 29.6%. There were inconsistencies in their play and although they improved on their FT% in the 2nd half their FG% fell off to only 20%. They were almost even with the Aggies on TOs and Rebounds but could not capitalize. Kierra Mallard was back in action after missing 3 games to an injury. I am hoping that Tech gets the win over Mizzou and uses it for momentum going forward.
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Current record: Tech's current season record is 15-6, 3-6 Big 12. Missouri's current season record is 110-10, 0-9 Big12.
Rankings: The Lady Raiders are ranked # 25 in this week's Associated Press poll but dropped out of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Mizzou is not ranked.
Players to watch:
Tech: Senior Forward Kierra Mallard is averaging 11.1 pnts and 7.4 rebounds/game and has 44 blocks and 28 steals; Junior Guard Casey Morris averages 8.4 points per game and 3.2 rebounds/game and has 44 steals and has a 81.1 FT%; Junior Christine Hyde is averaging 8.9 points and 3.4 rebounds/game and has 23 steals; Junior Guard Monique Smalls is averaging 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds and has 67 steals; Sophomore Kelsi Baker averages 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds/game and has 8 blocks and 14 steals; Sophomore Forward Shauntal Nobles is averaging 3.9 pts and 3.3 rebounds/game and has 19 blocks and 17 steals. Junior Guard Chynna Brown is averaging 7.7 pts and 3.9 rebounds/game and has 17 steals; Senior Forward Jordan Barncastle averages 6.3 pts/game and completes 75% FTs and has 10 steals.
Mizzou: Junior Guard Liene Preide is averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 rebounds/game; Junior Guard Sidney Crafton averages 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds/game and has 21 steals; Freshman Guard Kylie Simmons averages 3.6 points per game and has 65 assists and 19 steals; Senior Forward Christine Flores 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds/game and has 68 blocks and 22 steals; Senior Forward BreAnna Brock 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and 45 blocks. All of Mizzou's starters average over 68% FT%.
Previously Play: The Lady Red Raiders played the Texas A&M Aggies in Lubbock on Wed., Feb 1, 2012. Tech kept the game close in the first half with only a 3 point difference (27-30). The Lady Raiders matched ATM on the boards and even had more steals then the Aggies but they could not capitalize and had a very low FG%. The Lady Raiders played with energy and were aggressive but came up short. Mizzou played Baylor in Colombia, MO on Wed., Feb 1, 2012. Mizzou played hard and used their entire bench but they were no match for the Bears. the final score was 71-41.
Coaches: Kristy Curry is coaching her 6th season at Tech. (103-79). Robin Pingeton is entering her 2nd season with the Missouri Lady Tigers (23-28).
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 Lady Tigers finished the 2010-11 season 13-18, 5-11 and finished 12th place in the Big12. Mizzou returned 8 Letterwinners (2 Starters) and have 5 newcomers.
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock) and KTGR 1580 AM, ESPN 100.5 FM
Streaming video: None (since it will be broadcast on FSN)
TV: FOX Sports Net (National)
Game Thread will go up at 12:45pm CST on Sunday , Feb 5, 2012
Other Notes and Quotes:
Texas Tech's crowd of 10,411 packed the United Spirit Arena on Sat. Jan. 28, 2012 for the arena's second-largest crowd of the season. There were 12,403 on Jan 25th for the game against No. 1 Baylor. Tech is averaging 7,646 fans per game at United Spirit Arena (12 games) which is 3rd in the Big 12 Conference and 8th nationally.
Texas Tech leads the Big 12 Conference and is No. 24 nationally with 11.9 steals per game this season
Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring margin (13.7) and 19th overall in the country. The Lady Raiders are also fourth in conference in scoring with 73.2 points per game - 27th nationally.
The Lady Raiders are second the Big 12 Conference in offensive rebounds with 17.4 per game and are third in the conference in rebounding offense (43.7%) and fourth in rebounding defense (35.3%). They are also second in the conference in rebounding margin (+8.4) which is also 17th-best among all NCAA Div. 1 teams.
This game with Mizzou will be the mark the midway point of the 18-game conference schedule.
The Big 12 is the lone league in which every team continues to have an overall winning record, although eight games into conference play.
The Big 12 claims the best win percentage (.676) of the six BCS leagues in competition against each other. The Big 12 is the only of the six that is .500 or better against the other five.
The Big 12 is listed first in the Sagarin and Women's RPI ratings and is the only conference with every team in the top 76 of the NCAA RPI.
Head Coach Kristy Curry
On not shooting well the second half
"I mean just credit Texas A&M's defense, you have to credit them but I thought we missed a lot of easy shots to start the second half, we just couldn't get anything to go down, but again you have to credit their defense."
On how Sydney Carter played defense against Monique Smalls
"Definitely affected the game and Mo (Monique Smalls) allowed it to affect her but it's just one of those learning experiences. Again, credit A&M's defense."
On the game feeling like it was closer than a 12-point deficit
"I tried to keep it as close as I could, we still had an opportunity, just little things.
Again, 10 free throws that's inexcusable and that comes down to toughness and focus and I think that something that at this point as much as we work on them and as much we don't make too much about them either that something that people always say don't make too much out of it we just spend a lot of time working on it and working on it in different ways and pressure situations and at some point that just come down to toughness and focus and obviously when you're having the kind of shooting night we were having but yet you can get to the line that many times, you've got to make your free throws."
On getting defensive stops but not converting on offense
"We kept explaining we are three stops out, we are four stops out, we could get enough stops we just couldn't come down and capitalize, whether it was an easy chip in or a drive and finish and we couldn't get it to go in tonight and we just have to stay positive and continue to work on things and encourage them that they can make shots but it's also important that they understand that starts in practice and game speed to continue to come in and at this point our backs are against the wall and we've got an opportunity with nine game s to go to do something about it and we control our own destiny."
On if Curry is disappointed with the first half of conference
"I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, you just have to continue to credit the Big 12 and we just continue to stay positive, that's the biggest thing with me is we are going to continue to stay positive and continue to not enable them but at the same time find a way to put them in a position to be successful, you just can't make plays for them and tonight we couldn't make plays for them, we couldn't make their free throws for them. I wish I could have shot a few of those."
On how Kierra Mallard played
"I thought she played with a lot of energy, obviously she looked a little rusty on her finishes and she couldn't get anything to go either, but I was pleased with her effort. I think the thing that perplexes me more than anything is how Shauntal Nobles just wasn't with it like she was on Saturday and it's not just talking about Shauntal and I don't mean to be negative but I am perplexed, perplexed greatly at our level of inconsistency from so many spots, again it's understanding that everyday in this league you have to bring great energy and great effort and find consistency and the only person that controls that is you individually which impacts our team as a whole."
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS
|TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (15-5, 3-5)|
|Monique Smalls||23||5-6||G||JR||8.6 pts/game|
|Casey Morris||15||5-9||G||JR||9.2 pts/game|
|Christine Hyde||5||5-10||G||JR||9.0 pts/game|
|Jordan Barncastle||1||6-2||F||SR||6.3 pts/game|
|Shauntal Nobles||33||6-3||F||SO||4.9 pts/game|
|Missouri Tigers (10-10, 0-9)|
|Liene Preide||32||5-10||G||JR||8.7 pts/game|
|Sidney Crafton||21||5-10||G||JR||5.6 pts/game|
|Kylie Simmons||15||5-7||G||FR||3.5 pts/game|
|Christine Flores||50||6-3||F||SR||20.9 pts/game|
|BreAnna Brock||22||6-2||C||SR||15.9 pts/game|
Four Factors to Winning
|The Four Factors to Winning|
|Ball Handling TO%||0.363||0.398|
|Off rebounding OR%||0.302||0.422|
|Shooting FTs FT Rate||0.722||0.661|
|Texas Tech||15-6, 3-6||1490||71.1|
|Texas Tech||15-6, 3-6||1228||58.5|
|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.|