Game Preview: Kansas at Texas Tech
Jordan Barncastle needs five more 3-pointers to move into Texas Tech top 10 for 3-point field goals.
Feb. 20, 2012
Kansas Jayhawks (17-9, 6-8) at Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-9, 5-9)
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Where: United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas (15,098)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network, 97.3 FM (Lubbock)
Play-by-Play: Steve Strain
Analyst: Crystal Boles
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-9, 5-9 BIG 12)
Coach: Kristy Curry
Overall: 284-133 (13)
at Tech: 105-82 (6)
vs. KU: 5-1
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
KANSAS JAYHAWKS (17-9, 6-8 BIG 12)
Coach: Bonnie Henrickson
Overall: 292-179 (15)
at KU: 134-117 (8)
vs. Tech: 1-7
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
3 Angel Goodrich 5-4 G JR 12.5 pts/game
42 Natalie Knight 5-7 G FR 5.0 pts/game
24 CeCe Harper 5-8 G SO 2.3 pts/game
15 Chelsea Gardner 6-3 F FR 2.8 pts/game
11 Aishah Sutherland 6-2 C SR 13.7 pts/game
TEXAS TECH - KANSAS SERIES
This will be the 19th overall between the two programs with Texas Tech holding a 14-4 advantage in the all-time series. The Lady Raiders have won 12 of the last 13 contests, dropping a 62-43 decision at Kansas on Jan. 25. Tech has not lost to Kansas at home since the first meeting between the two programs on Dec. 2, 1978 (76-53).
INSIDE THE SERIES VS KANSAS
- Texas Tech leads the all-time series 14-4 against Kansas.
- Kansas won the last meeting, 62-43 on Jan. 25 in Lawrence.
- Kansas snapped a 12-game losing streak to Texas Tech with the win.
- Texas Tech is 7-1 at home against Kansas.
- Texas Tech's last loss at home to Kansas was on Dec. 2, 1978.
- Kristy Curry is 2-0 at home vs. Kansas.
- Texas Tech is 12-3 at home overall and 4-3 at home in Big 12 play this season.
- Kansas is 4-5 on the road overall and 3-4 on the road in Big 12 play this season.
Texas Tech senior forward Jordan Barncastle was 2 of 3 from behind the 3-point line on Saturday to give her 44 total 3-pointers made on the season. That total matches her previous total from the last three years combined. Her 88 threes puts her just five behind Jordan Murphree for 10th all-time at Texas Tech in 3-point field goals made.
HOLDING DOWN BAYLOR
Baylor was held to its lowest point total this season and a single-digit margin of victory for the third time this season - twice by Texas Tech. Baylor came into the game averaging a 31-point margin of victory at home in Big 12 play.
Baylor was outrebounded for only the second time this season. Tech outrebounded the Lady Bears 38-37 and had 30 defensive rebounds. Tennessee was the only other team to do it this season.
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 second in the conference with 74 steals this season for Texas Tech, who leads all Big 12 teams with 287 steals. Smalls leads the Big 12 and is also third in the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio at 2.4. She also had 13 points on Saturday to lead Texas Tech, her highest output this season since scoring 13 vs Texas on Jan. 28.
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.
MORRIS STEPPING UP
Junior Casey Morris led Texas Tech in scoring on Feb. 15 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 seventh 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 Jna. 28, she scored 19 points with 10 rebounds against Texas. It was her first double-double since Nov. 21, 2008 against Lamar - her first career start at Tech. She started her first game since Jan. 22, 2011.
BARNCASTLE'S FIRST FIVE STARTS:
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
NO. 1 BAYLOR 56, TEXAS TECH 51
WACO, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner and the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears are still undefeated and already have at least a share of the Big 12 conference title.
Griner had 18 points, 14 rebounds and matched a career high with five assists as Baylor overcame one of its worst extended stretches of bad play all season for a 56-51 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night.
Destiny Williams added 16 points for the Lady Bears (27-0, 14-0 Big 12), getting most of her points on layups - several coming at key times. Her layup with 7:49 left, on a play started by Griner, broke a 46-all tie and put Baylor ahead to stay.
The Lady Raiders (17-9, 5-9) are the only Big 12 team to keep the final margin against Baylor under 10 points. They lost 72-64 at home.
After Baylor scored the game's first nine points, Texas Tech recovered to build as much as a nine-point lead before halftime.
Baylor, the only undefeated team in major college basketball, was still down by seven before Kimetria Hayden had consecutive assists to Williams for inside baskets. That capped a 10-2 run that put Baylor ahead 42-41 with just over 12 minutes left.
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 the 2013 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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