As what many have hoped, The Lady Raiders are becoming the squad Coach Whitaker had always envisioned since the start of her tenure here at Texas Tech. The squad is 10-5, holding a record of 2-2 in conference play. This team will not quickly become the 1993 National Championship team, but there has been vast improvements over this season. Texas Tech notched a win over Oklahoma State, their first conference win of the season, on New Year’s Day. The Cowgirls were 11-1 entering the game. In capitalizing their momentum, the Lady Raiders turned around and defeated Iowa State a few days later at home, defending their impressive undefeated home-stand. Defense has been a high-point of this team. Although allowing nine baskets beyond the arc in the first half, the Lady Raiders turned the intensity on and only allowed 1 basket out of 12 attempts in the second half. Recee’ Caldwell, Brittany Brewer, Dayo Olabode, and Larryn Brooks all had double figured in their win over the Cyclones.
Texas Tech rode the momentum on Saturday to the Little Apple: Manhattan, Kansas. It fell short. The Wildcats defeated the Lady Raiders 68-54. It was K-State’s defense that hindered the Lady Raiders from leaving with win. Arella Giurantes was the only Lady Raiders to score in double figures. This game marks the second time this season where Texas Tech had less than two Lady Raiders in double figures. Texas Tech will return to defend their undefeated home record against #17 West Virginia. The Mountaineers are 13-2 entering the contest that will tipoff on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.