Tech Looks to Bounce Back on Road|
Jan. 15, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech women's basketball will play its second road game in the last five days on Wednesday when the Lady Raiders take on Texas at 7 p.m. CT at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
The game will be broadcasted nationally on the Longhorn Network.
Tech (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) has already won once on the road this season at then-No. 13/12 Oklahoma State will look to bounce back on the road after a tough loss on Saturday at No. 16/14 Oklahoma.
"I think any time you can steal one on the road, it definitely helps impact your mark (in conference)," said head coach Kristy Curry, who is 4-2 in the month of January against Texas. "We understand that and been through it before, seeing how its worked for us and worked against us. It's the next game and these kids have done a great job on the road of putting themselves in a position down the stretch to win games."
This will be the 89th meeting in the series with Texas leading 61-27. Tech has won two of the last three meetings and is 6-29 all-time in Austin. Its last win at UT was on Feb. 26, 2006 (58-46). Five of the six times Tech has won in Austin, the Lady Raiders have made the NCAA Tournament.
Tech has held 14 of 16 opponents to 59 points or less this season. It leads the Big 12 and is No. 32 nationally with 11.9 steals per game this season - 191 total. Senior guard Casey Morris, who scored her 1,000th point a week ago, leads the team defensively with 2.6 steals per game and is third in the Big 12. She also leads the conference in minutes played with 552 - 34.5 per game.
Texas (7-8, 0-4) has lost five straight games and six of its last seven. The Longhorns are 0-2 at home this season, including a 64-52 loss on Sunday to No. 17 Oklahoma State.
But the powerful inside game of the Longhorns is enough to keep any team on its toes, regardless of how many wins they have. Texas is No. 2 in the country with 47.7 rebounds per game, led by sophomore Nneka Enemkpali (10.4 rpg) and 6-foot-7 freshman Imani Stafford-McGee (8.7 rpg).
"We've talked about road wins and how beneficial they are," Morris said. "But really we want to win every game. We're looking into every game like it's the best team we've played. So we're going to push that like its any other good team in the Big 12.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Chynna Brown, SR., GUARD
Brown leads Texas Tech in three categories through four Big 12 Conference games, averaging 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game along with eight total steals. She's hit 43.6 percent from the field (17 of 39) with nine coming from behind the 3-point arc.