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WBB: Lady Raiders play the OSU Cowgirls today in Stillwater

The Lady Red Raiders play the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in Stillwater, OK on Wednesday Feb 8, 2012 at 7pm CST at the Gallagher-Iba Arena. This will be the 49th meeting between these two teams. Texas Tech leads the series 30-18. The Lady Red Raiders have won the last three times.

This game will be the start of the second half of Big12 Conference play for both of these teams. Tech enters the game with a win over the Mizzou Tigers on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. Oklahoma State lost their last three games. On Saturday, they lost to OU in Norman.71-80.

What's at Stake: With a win, Tech sweeps OSU this season. Tech needs to beat OSU to break the 3-way tie for the 6th spot in the Big 12 with OSU and Iowa State. The OSU Cowgirls are looking to end a 3-game losing streak. Both teams are looking for their 5th win in conference play.

More after the Jump ...

Current record: Tech's current season record is 16-6, 4-6 Big 12. Oklahoma State's current season record is 12-7, 4-6 Big12.

Rankings: The Red Raiders fell out of the AP rankings this week but received 24 votes which would list them as #29. The Oklahoma State Cowgirls are not ranked.

Players to watch:

Tech: Senior Forward Kierra Mallard is averaging 12.7 pts and 8.7 rebounds/game and has 49 blocks and 32 steals; Junior Guard Casey Morris averages 9.7 points per game and 3.9 rebounds/game and has 47 steals and has a 86 FT%; Junior Christine Hyde is averaging 9 points and 4.2 rebounds/game and has 27 steals; Junior Guard Monique Smalls is averaging 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and has 66 steals; Sophomore Kelsi Baker averages 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds/game and has 9 blocks and 16 steals; Sophomore Forward Shauntal Nobles is averaging 6.4 pts and 5.1 rebounds/game and has 19 blocks and 18 steals. Junior Guard Chynna Brown is averaging 7.9 pts and 3.6 rebounds/game and has 19 steals; Senior Forward Jordan Barncastle averages 5.1 pts/game and completes 76% FTs and has 10 steals.

Oklahoma State: Freshman Forward Liz Donohoe is averaging 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds/game and is almost perfect from the FT line; Junior Forward Lindsey Keller averages 7.5 points and 6.7 rebounds/game and has 16 steals; Junior Toni Young is averaging 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds/game and has 17 bloacks and 18 steals; Sophomore Guard Tiffany Bias is averaging 12.3 points per game and has 60 steals; Freshman Guard Taylor Schippers averages 4.6 points and is a strong 3-pt and FT shooter.

Previously Play: The Lady Red Raiders played the Mizzou Tigers on Sunday, Feb 5, 2012 at the USA. It was a very good win for Tech. Final score 76-49. Tech played with focus and stayed aggressive throughout the game. Tech had 40 rebounds. The OSU Cowgirls played OU in Norman, OK on Saturday, Feb 4, 2012. OSU had beat OU in their first meeting this season but fell short in this game against their in-state rivals. Themain difference in the game was OU's 19 FT points. Final score was 80-71.

Coaches: Kristy Curry is coaching her 6th season at Tech. (104-79). Jim Littell is entering his 1st season with the OSU Cowgirls (12-7).

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 Cowgirls finished the 2010-11 season 17-15, 4-12 and finished 11th place in the Big12. The Cowgirls went to the 2nd round of the WNIT. The Cowgirls returned 6 Letterwinners (4 Starters) and have 6 newcomers.

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network 97.3 FM (Lubbock) and KGFY 105.5 FM (Stillwater, OK)

Gametracker: www.texastech.com/gametracker and www.okstate.com/gametracker

Game Thread will go up at 6:45pm CST on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012


Other Notes and Quotes:

Jordan Barncastle was named one of the 2012 Winter Chick-fil-A Community of Champions. Only one student-athlete is honored from each of the 10 Big 12 Conference institutions based on his/her academics, community service and leadership/sportsmanship. The student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be involved with at least one community service program and should demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the playing field or court. Barncastle will graduate with a degree in biology and plans to go to medical school to pursue a degree in sports medicine. She's started the last three games for Texas Tech and is averaging 15.7 minutes and 5.7 points per game this season. Barncastle has been heavily involved in community service projects throughout Lubbock including the Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen Foundation, UMC Children's Hospital, Covenant Children's Hospital and Salvation Army.

Texas Tech leads the Big 12 Conference and is No. 13 nationally with 12.7 steals per game this season.

Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring margin (16.1) 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 17.5 per game and are third in the conference in rebounding offense (43.9%) and fifth in rebounding defense (35.4%). They are also second in the conference in rebounding margin (+8.4) which is also 18th-best among all NCAA Div. 1 teams.

The Big 12 is the only league in which every team currently has a winning record.

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.

Big 12 teams have crossed the midway point of the grueling 18-game conference schedule with a log jam in the middle of the standings.

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.

Texas Tech Head Coach Kristy Curry

On sweeping a team

"I mean it's very difficult to do in this league, the thing about it is how hard we play defensively. When you can hold someone to 39 shots and you get 65, we've been at our best day when we've defended at that level but the energy and the effort on the defensive end really sets the tone for us, good things will happen."

On the run in the first half

"Well I know there for a while we held them, I think about the 10 minute mark at the first half was pretty impressive as far as our gap pressure and what we were trying to do and great help, and great energy by our posts by our post by keeping their feet alive and swimming through, just a great team defensive effort and when we can do that great things our going to happen at the other end."

On winning the two out of the last three games

"Well it's big just because they've worked so hard, these kids our confident they believe in what they're doing everyday they're together, we have no conflicts, we have no drama, we have no problems, we are in the Big 12 and we've got understand that consistency we need to have from our free throw shooting tonight to how hard we played on the defensive end I thought our focus was very good and we have to be consistent with our focus, it's not what's across the other team's chest it's what is across ours and how we need to play the game."

On converting off Missouri's turnovers

"Well it's important you always want to make sure you get to the foul line and make the other team pay, we feel like we can get that turnover if the defense is a little out of sync but it's just a good effort today and we've got to be able to do this back to back to back. You play in November to play in December and December prepares you for January and January prepares you for February and February is where it matters because that's going to get you to March or not each of those months are going to get you to where you want to go now we have to understand the importance of February and I don't think there is any doubt of that it's not like we are waking up everyday and mess up."

Texas Tech Player Quotes

Kierra Mallard

On back and how she feels so far

"I've just been tying to get my conditioning just try to find my players, my teammates, and just try to be a person who scores or do my defensive job."

On her energy coming off the bench

"I just want my team to win and go far I don't care if I start or come off the bench I just want us to win."

Casey Morris

On getting the win

"It was big I just think we need to keep the momentum up. Every game is important every game we want it to be a win for us to keep playing defense like that, Christine (Hyde) had five steals, five assists, we had 11 steals as a team so I think defense was a big part of it tonight and I think if we just continue then we will have success."

On Tech's defensive effort

"It was really big, but I mean we had 40 rebounds all together, so that's pretty, good. I mean I just think we worked hard and it shows from the stats that we put in work tonight and got the win so that's all that matters. I feel like we hustled and rebounded and it showed."


TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS

TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (16-6, 4-6)
NAME NO. HT P YR STATS
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 5.1 pts/game
Shauntal Nobles 33 6-3 F So. 6.4 pts/game

OKLAHOMA STATE COWGIRLS

Oklahoma State (12-7, 4-6)
NAME NO. HT P YR STATS
Liz Donohoe 4 6-1 F Fr. 13.3 pts/game
Lindsey Keller 25 6-2 F Jr. 7.5 pts/game
Toni Young 15 6-2 F Jr. 11.4 pts/game
Tiffany Bias 3 5-6 G So. 12.3 pts/game
Taylor Schippers 1 5-8 G Fr. 4.6 pts/game


Four Factors to Winning

The Four Factors to Winning OSU Texas Tech
Shooting eFG% 0.338 0.351
Ball Handling TO% 0.348 0.391
Off rebounding OR% 0.361 0.421
Shooting FTs FT Rate 0.729 0.669


TEAM STATISTICS

Scoring Offense W-L Pts Avg/G
Texas Tech 16-6, 4-6 1566 71.2
Oklahoma State 12-7, 4-6 1291 67.9
Scoring Defense W-L Pts Avg/G
Texas Tech 16-6, 4-6 1277 58
Oklahoma State 12-7, 4-6 1104 58.1
Scoring Margin Off Def Margin
Texas Tech 71.2 58 +13.1
Oklahoma State 67.9 58.1 +9.8
Free Throw % FT Made FT Attempts Pct.
Texas Tech 341 510 0.669
Oklahoma State 223 306 0.729
Field Goal % FG FG A Pct.
Texas Tech 553 1381 0.401
Oklahoma State 474 1187 0.399
Field Goal % Defense FG FGA Pct.
Texas Tech 455 1213 0.375
Oklahoma State 374 1121 0.334
3-Point FG % FG FGA Pct.
Texas Tech 119 367 0.324
Oklahoma State 120 394 0.305
3-Point FG % Defense FG FGA Pct.
Texas Tech 89 324 0.275
Oklahoma State 114 381 0.299
Rebounding Offense Reb Avg/G
Texas Tech 947 43.1
Oklahoma State 807 42.5
Rebounding Defense Reb Avg/G
Texas Tech 778 35.4
Oklahoma State 732 38.5
Blocked Shots Blocks Avg/G
Texas Tech 102 4.64
Oklahoma State 79 4.16
Assists No. Avg/G
Texas Tech 312 14.18
Oklahoma State 286 15.05
Steals No. Avg/G
Texas Tech 259 11.77
Oklahoma State 162 8.53