Lady Raiders Return Home To Face TCU
Jan. 26, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech returns home after playing three of its last four games on the road and will go for its fourth consecutive Big 12 Conference win at noon, Sunday against TCU at United Spirit Arena.
The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sport Net - FOX Sports Southwest locally (check listings for channels).
This will be the 39th meeting overall in the series with Tech leading 37-1. It's the first meeting between the two schools as conference foes since 1996, when both were members of the Southwest Conference. TCU won the last meeting on March 26, 2008, 81-74 at United Spirit Arena in the postseason WNIT.
Tech (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) sits alone in third place behind No. 1 Baylor and No. 20 Oklahoma after winning its last three games, including Tuesday night's 77-73 overtime thriller in Morgantown against West Virginia.
The Lady Raiders overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half, led by senior forward Christine Hyde's 19 points as she and her teammates outrebounded West Virginia 26-14 in the second half.
"The goal has always been to build on each game and move forward," said Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry, who is off to her best start in Big 12 play. "I think it showed in the final minutes at West Virginia how we were able to fight and play tough and a lot of that's just maturity. But now we have to focus on TCU and the next game."
The Lady Raiders have been led point-wise by senior guard Chynna Brown, who is averaging 15.1 points per game in Big 12 Conference play. She posted another 16 on Tuesday at West Virginia - the seventh time in the last eight games she's been in double figures.
Much of the success for Texas Tech this season has come down to making its free throws in conference play. Tech is hitting 72.7 percent of its free throws in conference play, led by senior Christine Hyde, who is hitting 90 percent from the charity stripe (27 of 30).
Last season, Tech was shooting just 59.3 percent (70 of 118) from the free-throw line through seven conference games at 2-5 with a five-game losing streak.
"We were tired last year of losing games and then going back to the stat sheet and seeing that if we made our free throws, we could have won," Hyde said after the win at West Virginia. "So an emphasis this year was to make our free throws because it is the difference in the game."
TCU (7-10, 0-6) comes in to Sunday's game as only one of two teams without a conference win this season (Texas). But the six losses in the team's inaugural Big 12 season can be deceiving. TCU had significant leads over Oklahoma, Kansas State and West Virginia before losing in the final minutes - all three by six points or less.
"We can't go into any game thinking its going to be an easy game," senior guard Casey Morris said. "Every game in the Big 12 is going to be a fight until the end. So we have to keep playing hard with energy and intensity. I think if we keep on doing that we'll be successful."
PLAYER TO WATCH: Christine Hyde, SR., FORWARD
Hyde broke out for a 19-point performance in Tuesday's win at West Virginia. She hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line and is shooting 80 percent (73 of 90) for the season from the charity stripe and 90 percent (27 of 30) during Big 12 Conference play. Hyde continues to lead Texas Tech in rebounds per game with 5.5 (104 total).