Go Lady Raiders!!!
RAIDER !!!! POWER !!!!
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2014
Time: 7:00pm CST
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
The Lady Raiders (6-8, 0-3), in their second road game in Big12 play, go up against the Kansas Jayhawks (7-8, 0-3) today at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas at 7:00pm CST. Both of these teams have not won a game in the Big12 play and so there will be a lot of pressure for both of these teams to get the win. This game will be the 22nd meting between Tech and Kansas. The Lady Raiders lead the series 16-5 and have won 14 of the last 16 times.
Texas Tech is coming off a loss against Iowa State in Ames, IA on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014. The Lady Raiders were limited by the Cyclones Defense to only 16 points in the 1st half. Tech made some adjustments and scored twice as many points in the 2nd half but could not make up the 21 point deficit. On a good note the Lady Raiders played a very defensive game and did not allow the Cyclones to reach their average 80 points per game. The score in the 2nd half was Texas Tech 32 and Iowa State 37.
"Mental Toughness" needs to become the mantra for the Lady Raiders. They need to improve on their discipline on the floor and improve their shot selection and improve their communication and teamwork if there are to win this game and be competitive this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks are a very athletic team that are strong on the boards and are strong 3-point shooters. Their main leader is Junior Forward Chelsea Gardner, who is 60.1% from the field and makes 80% of her free-throws and averages 7.8 rebounds per game and has 26 blocks this season. The team also has Junior Guard Natalie Knight. She is a very strong shooter behind the arc with over 41% of the 3-pt shots counting and Knight is over 80% accurate at the free-throw line. Senior Guard Markisha Hawkns is controlled and accurate on her shots and makes 89% of her FT count. Also an accurate shooter is Keyla Morgan with 59% of her 3-pts and half of her FGs landing. The Jayhawks are fourth in the conference in blocked shots with 4.7 per game and fifth in steals per game with 8.2.
The Jayhwaks' Head Coach, Bonnie Henrickson is in her 10th season with Kansas. Her career record is 325-205 and at Kansas 165-142. During Henrickson's time at Kansas, she has taken the Jayhawks to postseason play in 6 of her 8 seasons. Last year the Jayhawks made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
The Starting Lineups:
G - Minta Spears , RS Freshman, 5-10, 9.8 PPG and 2.8 RPG and 82 FT%
G - Audrisa Harrison, Junior Transfer, 5-10, 4.5 PPG and 5.9 RPG and 80.6 FT%
G - Amber Battle, Junior, 5-9, 17.4 PPG and 8.6 RPG and 71.2 FT%
C - Shauntal Nobles, 6-3, RS Senior 6.1 PPG and 6.1 RPG and 65 FT%
G - Marina Lizarazu , 5-8, Freshman, 6.6 PPG and 1.6 RPG and 66.7 FT%
G - Asia Boyd, Junior, 6-1, 12.8 PPG and 5.3 RPG and 76.2 FT%
F - Jada Brown, Freshman, 6-0, 1.4 PPG and 1.8 RPG and 57.1 FT%
F - Chelsea Gardner, Junior, 6-3, 15.9 PPG and 7.8 RPG and 79.7 FT%
G - Cece Harper, Senior, 5-8, 9.4 PPG and 3.9 RPG and 82 Assists
G - Natalie Knight, Junior, 5-7, 9.1 PPG and 3.1 RPG and 80 FT%
Texas Tech is 44th in NCAA Division I and 4th in the Big 12 Conference with an 73.1 free throw percentage (198 of 271).
Texas Tech is 5th in the Big 12 Conference with 3.8 blocks per game.
Amber Battle is 1st in Rebounding at 8.6 rpg and 4th in Scoring averaging 17.4 in the Big 12 Conference and she leads the Big 12 Conference in defensive rebounds with 6.29 per game.
Haley Schneider is 5th in the Big 12 Conference in blocked shots with 1.71 per game and 24 total this season.
The Big 12 is the only conference in which 40 percent of its teams have one-or-fewer losses on the season and one of just two leagues with at least four teams with no more than one loss.
The Big 12 opened its 18th season of conference play with road teams winning seven of the first eight matchups.
Six Conference teams are in the top 22 of the Jeff Sagarin RPI ratings and in the top 43 of the Collegiate Basketball News ratings.
The Big 12 leads all Division I conferences in rebounding with an average of 43.26 a game and is third in scoring with 75.81 points.
To listen to the game go to TexastechTV (http://www.texastech.com/allaccess/)
The game is reflected on the ESPN3 website as streaming at 7pm CST (8pm EST)
Live stats will be available on Sidearmstats at www.sidearmstats.com/kansas/wbball/