Texas Tech Set For Pink Game vs. Cowgirls|
Feb. 22, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech women's basketball team looks to bring a bit of luck with some special uniforms on Sunday when the Lady Raiders trade in the scarlet and black for pink at 2 p.m. vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State.
Fans who wear pink can purchase tickets for only $5 at the gate. Tech will honor more than 50 breast cancer survivors on the court during Sunday's game.
Tech (6-19, 0-14 Big 12) will once again wear its pink Under Armour uniforms on Sunday in honor of its annual Play 4 Kay game to celebrate breast cancer awareness and help raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
"We're excited for that opportunity to give to that foundation," Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. "We'll have lots of fans in pink, our team in pink, our staff in pink. Just a great way to help gain awareness about breast cancer and help raise money for a cure."
The Lady Raiders are 3-0 in their pink uniforms, including a win over then-No. 1 Baylor in 2011.
Whitaker and her team nearly came away with their first Big 12 Conference win this past Saturday at Kansas State. Tech went up by as many as six points late in the second half before the Wildcats mounted a comeback for the 60-54 win.
Redshirt freshman Minta Spears, who was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team on Thursday, said there's plenty of things the Lady Raiders can take away from their game at Bramlage and the first one against the Cowgirls in Stillwater.
"We're really excited for this game," Spears said. "We felt like last time we played them that we were in the game. We didn't shoot the ball well and had some defensive breakdowns so we're looking to fix that in the game on Sunday."
The Lady Raiders held the Cowgirls to less than 40 percent shooting most of the first half while hitting 46.6 percent from the floor themselves. It wasn't until the second half when OSU started the period on a 20-5 run to pull away with the win.
Oklahoma State (20-5, 9-5) is coming off a 32-point loss in Morgantown to No. 13 West Virginia on Wednesday. The Cowgirls hit just 16 of 62 from the field (25.8 percent) and were 1 of 18 from behind the line.
The Lady Raiders lead the all-time series against the Cowgirls in Lubbock, 15-7, and have won the last three contests dating back to 2011.
Whitaker said her team knows what needs to be done on each end of the floor but will need to stay focused on its execution and energy throughout the 40 minutes.
"I think (it will take) a level of toughness and determination that we're going to go win," she said. "Every possession has a huge value in it and we've got to string together more positive than negative."
PINK GAME ACTIVITIES
- Texas Tech fans wearing pink to Sunday's game can purchase $5 tickets at the gate.
- Texas Tech will host its "Pink Treadmill Party" during the game for the fifth consecutive year. There will be 15 different contestants running 4-5 minutes on the pink treadmill in the southwest corner of the arena to help raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Marsha Sharp Leadership Circle.
- Texas Tech and United Supermarkets will present a $10,000 check to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at halftime as well as a $5,000 check to the Marsha Sharp Leadership Circle.
- Texas Tech will honor 52 breast cancer survivors on the court during Sunday's game.