Game Preview: Texas Tech at No. 1 Baylor
Casey Morris and Texas Tech try to win in Waco for first time since 2004.
Feb. 17, 2012
Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-8, 5-8) at No. 1/1 Baylor (26-0, 13-0)
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas (10,347)
TV: KLBK in Lubbock
Play-by-Play: Kris Radcliffe
Analyst: Jim Haller
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network 97.3 FM (Lubbock)
Play-by-Play: Steve Strain
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-8, 5-8 BIG 12)
Coach: Kristy Curry
Overall: 284-132 (13)
at Tech: 105-81 (6)
vs. Baylor: 1-10
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
23 Monique Smalls 5-6 G JR 8.0 pts/game
15 Casey Morris 5-9 G JR 9.2 pts/game
00 Chynna Brown 5-8 G JR 8.8 pts/game
1 Jordan Barncastle 6-2 F SR 5.0 pts/game
33 Shauntal Nobles 6-3 F SO 6.4 pts/game
BAYLOR LADY BEARS (26-0, 13-0 BIG 12)
Coach: Kim Mulkey
Overall: 324-79 (12)
at Baylor: 324-79 (12)
vs. Tech: 18-7
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
0 Odyssey Sims 5-9 G SO 15.0 pts/game
1 Kimetria Hayden 6-0 G JR 9.0 pts/game
3 Jordan Madden 6-0 G JR 4.8 pts/game
10 Destiny Williams 6-1 F RS-JR 9.8 pts/game
42 Brittney Griner 6-8 C JR 23.1 pts/game
TEXAS TECH - BAYLOR SERIES
This will be the 74th meeting between the two programs with Texas Tech leading the all-time series, 47-26. Baylor won the last meeting in Lubbock on Jan. 18, 72-64, in front of 12,403 fans at United Spirit Arena - the 19th-largest crowd for a women's college basketball game this season.
INSIDE THE SERIES VS BAYLOR
- Texas Tech leads the all-time series 47-25 against Baylor, which began in 1976.
- Baylor won the meeting in Lubbock on Jan. 18, 72-64.
- The two teams split the series last year, each winning at home.
- Texas Tech is 19-11 in Waco.
- The Lady Raiders won 18 consecutive times in Waco from 1983 to 2001.
- Texas Tech's last win at the Ferrell Center was on Feb. 8, 2004 (62-49). Since then, the Lady Raiders have won just twice against Baylor - both in Lubbock (2006, 2011).
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Texas Tech junior guard Chynna Brown made her first start of the season on Sunday in the 51-41 win over Iowa State. Brown led the team in points in twice recently with 16 against Oklahoma State and 19 against ISU. She had 12 on Wednesday in her second start.
LEADING THE WAY
Junior guard Monique Smalls is fourth in the conference with 70 steals this season for Texas Tech, who leads all Big 12 teams with 280 steals. Smalls leads the Big 12 and is also third in the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio at 2.8.
TOUGH ON THE BOARDS
Texas Tech continues to be one of the Big 12 leaders on the boards. Tech is second in the conference with 16.9 offensive rebounds per game and is third in conference play with a 69.4 defensive rebound percentage and 40.7 offensive rebound percentage.
STEALING THE LEAD
The Lady Raiders lead the Big 12 Conference and are ranked 32nd nationally with 280 steals (11.2 per game). Junior guard Monique Smalls leading the group with 70 steals this season (31st in NCAA Division I).
NO SMALL FEAT
Junior guard Monique Smalls leads the Big 12 and is ranked third in NCAA Division I with a 2.77 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has 108 assists and only 39 turnovers this season.
MORRIS STEPPING UP
Junior Casey Morris led Texas Tech in scoring on Wednesday night with 15 points. She hit 50 percent from the field in three of her last four games, scoring 15 against Texas A&M and 14 against Missouri. Morris led Tech with six defensive rebounds against Missouri to help hold the Tigers to just four offensive rebounds as a team.
Texas Tech's 76-49 win over Missouri on Feb. 5 earned the program its first regular season sweep over a team since the 2006-07 season when the Lady Raiders beat Oklahoma State twice. Tech beat Missouri, 69-63, in Columbia on Jan. 7.
WHAT A RUN
The Lady Raiders had their biggest scoring run of the season on Feb. 5 against Missouri. Tech trailed 17-15 with 10:24 to go in the first half before going on a 26-2 run that went into the first for minutes of the second half to give the it a 41-19 lead over Missouri.
Texas Tech senior forward Kierra Mallard returned to the court on Feb. 1 for her first game minutes since the end of the Iowa State game on Jan. 22. She missed two consecutive games with an undisclosed injury before returning in the first half against Texas A&M. She finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds then scored 10 points and had 9 rebounds against Missouri on Feb. 5.
BARNCASTLE EMBRACING STARTING ROLE
Senior forward Jordan Barncastle started for the fifth consecutive time this season. It's the first time she's started in consecutive games since starting the first 20 games in 2010-11. In her first start this season on Jan. 28, she scored 19 points with 10 rebounds against Texas. It was her first double-double since Nov. 21, 2008 against Lamar - her third game and first career start at Tech. She started her first game since Jan. 22, 2011.
Jan. 28 vs Texas 19 pts, 10 rebs W, 75-71
Feb. 1 vs A&M 7 pts, 3 rebs L, 67-55
Feb. 5 vs Missouri 8 pts, 2 rebs W, 76-49
Feb. 8 at Okla. St. 6 pts, 11 rebs L, 53-49
Feb. 12 vs Iowa St. 6 pts, 7 rebs W, 51-41
TEXAS TECH STARTERS (GAMES STARTED THIS YEAR)
LAST TIME OUT
TEXAS 63, TEXAS TECH 54
AUSTIN -- Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points and Ashleigh Fontenette added 19 to lead Texas to a 63-54 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday night at the Erwin Center.
Texas (15-10, 5-8 Big 12) used a 10-3 run to tie the game at 45-45 with 6:50 to play, then exchanged leads back and forth with Tech before ending the final five minutes on an 18-5 run.
Tech (17-8, 5-8) built as much as a seven-point lead thanks to the strong play by junior guards Casey Morris (15 points) and Chynna Brown (12 points) along with senior forward Kierra Mallard (12 points). Those three combined for 15 of Tech's 19 field goals, 39 points and 18 rebounds.
The Lady Raiders started off the night much like the game in Lubbock on Jan. 28 when they beat the Longhorns, 75-71. Tech flew out to an 11-4 lead on Morris' seven points and then reclaimed the seven-point advantage in the second half with an 8-2 run.
The Longhorns used the quick speed by guard Yvonne Anderson to push the ball on missed shots and inbounds passes, scoring 15 fastbreak points.
Tech will travel to Waco next to face off against No. 1 Baylor (26-0, 13-0) in hopes of knocking off the top-ranked Lady Bears and creating some space in the Big 12 standings with just five games remaining. Only half a game separates Kansas and Iowa State (6-7) from Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State.
Tech and Baylor tip off at 7 p.m., Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
TECH TO HOST NCAAs IN 2013
The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee announced on Monday that TexasTech is one of 16 schools chosen to host the first and second rounds of the2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
Other cities chosen to host first and second-round games in 2013 include Baton Rouge, La.; Boulder, Colo.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Newark, Del.; Queens, N.Y.; Spokane, Wash.; Stanford, Calif.; Storrs, Conn., and Waco, Texas.
Texas Tech has hosted the first and second rounds of the championship 10 times and last hosted it in 2009. The games will be played on either Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25 or Sunday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (dates to be determined in June 2012).
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