Go Lady Raiders!!!
RAIDER !!!! POWER !!!!
Date: Wednesday February 5, 2014
Time: 7:00pm CST
Location: The Erwin Center in Austin, TX
TV: Longhorn Network
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock) and KVET-AM 1300 Austin, TX
The Lady Raiders (6-15, 0-10) take on the Texas Longhorns (14-7, 5-4) tonight at the Erwin Center in Austin, TX at 7:00pm CST. Tech is still looking to get their first Big12 Conference win this season. This game will be the 91st meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Longhorns.
The Lady Raiders have been on a roller coaster over the last couple of weeks. On January 25th they played Iowa State in Lubbock and the game went into overtime. Tech came up short in the OT period and lost to the Cyclones 85-76. But the game against Iowa State gave us a glimpse of what this team can be and what they are becoming. They played cohesively and fought for every point and did not have a cold shooting period. The next game up was Baylor in Waco, where the Bears outplayed and outscored Tech almost 2-to-1 with a final score of 92-43. Last Saturday, Feb 1st, Tech played the Kansas Jayhawks in a game that started out good and then the dreaded shooting drought showed its ugly head and the Lady Raiders were down by 20 points. But Tech fought back and got to within 4 points but ran out of time and Kansas took the win (70-62). The Iowa State and Kansas games have been hard fought games. The Lady Raiders showed gumption and stayed focused and communicated well on the floor. These two games have seen improvements from Minta Spears nailing her 3-Pt shots. Great play and focus has also come from Marina Lizarazu and Haley Schneider with Steals, hot shooting, Assists and Blocks. Ivonne Cook-Taylor and Diamond Lockhart have assisted and put points on the board. This team is just not the Amber Battle show anymore, although she is still the leader of this team, she has had help from her teammates and they are learning to play off each other and gaining confidence in their shots and their basketball skills.
The Longhorns are always a tough adversary and this season they have the best 3-Pt FG% in the Big12 at 36.8% (113-307). They also lead the Big12 in FG% Defense at .33.4% and rank second in Scoring Defense (57.3 ppg) and Rebounding Margin (+12.2). Texas is lead by Junior Forward NNeka Enemkpali with 13.4 ppg and 9.5 Rebounds and Senior Guard Chassidy Fussell with 10.2 ppg and 78.9% FT%.. Enemkpali leads the Big12 in rebounding. Sophomore Guard Brady Sanders is a 3-pt machine averaging over 42% 3-Pt completions and rarely misses at the free-throw line (80% FT%) . Coming on strong for UT is Sophomore Point Guard Celina Rodrigo, who averages 10 ppg and 81 Assists on the season (3.8 average).
The UT Longhorns Head Coach Karen Aston is in her 2nd season with Texas. Aston's current record is 127-88 and with UT 26-25. She was the Head Coach at Charlotte for 4 years (86-44) and one year at North Texas (15-16). Previously she was an Assistant Coach under Jody Conradt for 8 years. At Charlotte, Aston set a school record for wins in a season (27) in 2010-201.
The Starting Lineups:
G - Minta Spears, RS Freshman, 5-10, 9.1 PPG and 2.6 RPG and 81.7 FT%
G - Audrisa Harrison, Junior Transfer, 5-10, 4.4 PPG and 5.1 RPG and 73.6 FT%
G - Amber Battle, Junior, 5-9, 18.3 PPG and 7.9 RPG and 72.6 FT%
C - Shauntal Nobles, 6-3, RS Senior 5.5 PPG and 5.8 RPG and 66.0 FT%
G - Marina Lizarazu, 5-8, Freshman, 6.0 PPG and 1.4 RPG and 56.3 FT%
G - Celina Rodrigo, Sophomore, 5-8, 10.0 PPG and 2.7 RPG and 45.0 FT%
G - Empress Davenport, Sophomore, 5-7, 6.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG and 73.3 FT%
G - Brady Sanders, Sophomore, 5-11, 7.0 PPG and 2.6 RPG and 80.0 FT%
F - Nneka Enemkpali, Junior, 6-1, 13.1 PPG and 9.2 RPG and 67.0 FT%
F - Kelsey Lang, Freshman, 6-5, 6.7 PPG and 4.3 RPG and 78.9 FT%
To listen to the game go to TexastechTV (http://www.texastech.com/allaccess/)
Live stats will be available on Sidearmstats at www.sidearmstats.com/texas/wbball/
|Texas||- -||Category||- -||Texas Tech|
|Enemkpali (13.4)||- -||Scoring Leader||- -||Battle (18.3)|
|Enemkpali (13.4)||- -||Rebounding Leader||- -||Battle (7.9)|
|Rodrigo (3.86)||- -||Assist Leader||- -||Lizarazu (3.18)|
|70.4||- -||Scoring||- -||60.4|
|57.3||- -||Scoring Defense||- -||58|
|+13.1||- -||Scoring Margin||- -||-7.7|
|43.80%||- -||FG %||- -||37.60%|
|33.40%||- -||FG % Defense||- -||41.90%|
|36.80%||- -||3-Pt. %||- -||27.60%|
|27.50%||- -||3 Pt. % Defense||- -||35.00%|
|67.60%||- -||FT %||- -||71.60%|
|15.5||- -||Assists/game||- -||11|
|45.2||- -||Rebounds/game||- -||36|
|33||- -||Opp. Rebounds/game||- -||39|
|+12.2||- -||Rebounding Margin||- -||-3|
|19.2||- -||Turnovers/game||- -||16.6|
|16||- -||Opp. Turnovers||- -||15.4|
|6.6||- -||Steals/game||- -||6.3|
|4.1||- -||Blocks/game||- -||3.6|
|713 (26.8)||- -||1st Half Pts||- -||580 (21.6)|
|536 (20.2)||- -||Opp. 1st Half Pts||- -||664 (24.8)|
|754 (28.4)||- -||2nd Half Pts||- -||684 (25.5)|
|654 (24.6)||- -||Opp. 2nd Half Pts||- -||752 (28.1)|