Texas Tech Takes On No. 1 Baylor on Wednesday
Jan. 29, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech will finish a two-game homestand on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when the Lady Raiders take on No. 1 Baylor at United Spirit Arena.
Tickets to the game are just $3 and can be purchased at www.texastech.com/tickets or by calling (806) 742-8324.
Tech (16-4, 6-2 Big 12) comes in on a four-game winning streak and in sole possession of second place in the Big 12 Conference behind the top-ranked Lady Bears.
Baylor (18-1, 8-0) also comes in on its own winning streak of 16 after dropping its only game earlier this season to No. 4 Stanford.
The Lady Raiders are the last team to win a Big 12 Conference game against the defending national champions in the last three seasons. They're also looking to do something that nobody else has done in the last three seasons - beat Baylor and Brittney Griner twice in the same arena.
But Tech coaches and players know it will take more than just stopping Griner if Tech hopes to come out with a `W' on Wednesday night.
"Obviously we understand why they're successful and their strengths," Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "We try to do everything we can to game plan and be prepared and the bottom line is you have to play both ends of the floor.
"You have to understand the importance on not focusing your defense on just shutting down Brittney. Because they are so balanced around her."
The matchup will bring about two of the best defensive teams in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor is allowing just 53.2 points per game while Texas Tech is allowing only 53.3 points per game this season. The Lady Raiders have held 16 of 20 opponents to 59 points or less this season and are coming off their best defensive game in points allowed, giving up only 42 to TCU.
Tech senior Chynna Brown will look to continue her hot streak after scoring a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday for her first career double-double. Brown is averaging 19.8 points, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals during Tech's four-game winning streak - thrice scoring 20 points or more.
But an even bigger piece to helping out Brown and fellow sharpshooter Casey Morris will be the play of forwards Kelsi Baker, Christine Hyde and Shauntal Nobles inside and trying to win the rebounding game.
Tech has outrebounded five of its eight Big 12 opponents this season and had 20 offensive boards and 50 rebounds total against TCU on Sunday - a high for offensive rebounds in conference play for Tech this season.
"I think one thing we focus on as a team and one this we go into the game focusing on is not being intimidated," Baker said. "They're just another team in the Big 12. We look at it like that. I think some people see Brittney Griner and see Baylor and they get scared and change how they play. We just want to go in aggressive and confident and play with toughness like we've been playing with all year."