Texas Tech Heads To Fort Worth To Take On TCU

Haley Schneider and Texas Tech take on TCU on Saturday.

Feb. 7, 2014

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech women's basketball team heads to Fort Worth for the second of its two-game road swing this weekend when the Lady Raiders take on TCU at 12 p.m., Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports Net.

Tech (6-16, 0-11 Big 12) is coming off a road loss at Texas on Wednesday night and will be playing the Horned Frogs for the second time this season. TCU won the first meeting in Lubbock, 65-54.

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Amber Battle scored 23 points and Ivonne CookTaylor scored 12 points and 10 rebounds but Tech could not overcome a 20-point deficit as TCU held off a late comeback en route to a 65-54 win Sunday.

Redshirt freshman Ivonne CookTaylor has somewhat of a coming out party in the first round with TCU. She scored the first double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help leading scorer Amber Battle, who led with 23.

The Lady Raiders have had multiple double-digit scorers in three of the their last four games with CookTaylor, Minta Spears, Diamond Lockhart and Marina Lizarazu helping out.

One thing Tech would like to avoid is any long scoring droughts during the game. The team had just one field goal in an 8-minute span on Wednesday night while Texas hit 80 percent in the first half to pull away with the win.

"When we can avoid the droughts and we have more people step up and make plays, we can have more success," Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. "We can't wait for Amber to make it every time for us. So if we keep getting more players involved we will have a better chance to win the game."

Battle, the team's leading scorer, looks to continue on her pace of 18.2 points per game - the best scoring average for a Lady Raider in eight seasons. She's scored in double digits 20 times this season including the last eight games. Battle has scored 20 points or more eight times this year and has five double-doubles.

Another bright spot for Tech has been the play of senior center Haley Schneider. She earned her third career start on Wednesday at Texas after blocking a career-high six shots last Saturday against Kansas. She has 38 blocks on the season and is averaging 1.8 per game - the second-best average for a Lady Raider in the last eight years, only behind Kierra Mallard's 1.9 average in 2011.

"Really proud of the way Haley's come out and been ready to compete," Whitaker said. "She's been effective defensively in certain games down in the low block. She really played well in the second half against Kansas and just like what she is doing right now."




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