Lady Raider Game Preview: Texas Tech at Texas A&M
Chynna Brown will attempt to score in double figures for the sixth time in eight game on Saturday.
Feb. 24, 2012
Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-9, 5-9) at No. 14/11 Texas A&M Aggies (19-7, 10-5)
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
Where: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas (12,989)
TV: FOX Sports
Play-by-Play: Bill Land
Analyst: Cindy Stein
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network
97.3 FM (Lubbock)
Play-by-Play: Steve Strain
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-10, 5-10 BIG 12)
Coach: Kristy Curry
Overall: 284-134 (13)
at Tech: 105-83 (6)
vs. A&M: 2-9
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
23 Monique Smalls 5-6 G JR 8.3 pts/game
15 Casey Morris 5-9 G JR 9.1 pts/game
00 Chynna Brown 5-8 G JR 9.2 pts/game
1 Jordan Barncastle 6-2 F SR 5.2 pts/game
33 Shauntal Nobles 6-3 F SO 6.0 pts/game
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (19-7, 10-5 BIG 12)
Coach: Gary Blair
Overall: 614-249 (27)
at A&M: 206-86 (9)
vs. Tech: 10-7
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
10 Alexia Standish 5-8 G FR 3.6 pts/game
4 Sydney Carter 5-6 G SR 11.6 pts/game
20 Tyra White 6-0 G SR 14.4 pts/game
21 Adaora Elonu 6-1 F SR 12.3 pts/game
3 Kelsey Bone 6-4 C JR 11.8 pts/game
TEXAS TECH - TEXAS A&M SERIES
This will be the 73rd meeting between the two programs and last as Big 12 Conference foes. Texas Tech holds a 54-17 advantage all-time in the series. Texas A&M has won the previous three meetings and 10 of the last 12 since 2006. The Aggies won the last contest in Lubbock, 67-55, on Feb. 1.
INSIDE THE SERIES VS TEXAS A&M
- Texas Tech leads the all-time series 54-17.
- Texas A&M won the last meeting, 67-55 on Feb. 1
- Texas A&M has won 10 of the last 12 meetings.
- Texas Tech is 26-12 vs Texas A&M in College Station.
- Texas Tech's last win at College Station came on Jan. 30, 2005.
- Texas A&M leads the Big 12 with a +6.04 turnover margin while Tech is second with +3.19.
- Texas Tech leads the Big 12 with 291 steals (10.78 per game) while A&M is second with 261 (10.04 per game).
- Texas A&M leads the Big 12 with 446 offensive rebounds (17.15 per game) while Tech is second with 444 offensive rebounds (16.44).
- Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 in scoring margin at +10.2 while Texas A&M is third at +9.4.
- Texas A&M leads the Big 12 in offensive rebounding percentage with 43.2% while Texas Tech is third at 40.1%.
Texas Tech junior guard Chynna Brown became the first Lady Raider this season to post 20 points or more in a game twice. Brown had a career-high 10 field goals and matched her season-high with 21 points on Tuesday night. She also had 21 in Tech's second game this season at Houston on Nov. 16.
FIRST TIME SINCE ...
Kansas completed its first season sweep over Texas Tech on Tuesday night after winning 62-43 in Lawrence on Jan. 25. It was the first time Kansas had won in Lubbock since Dec. 2, 1978 - the first meeting between the two programs. Only Baylor and Kansas have swept Tech this season.
Texas Tech turned the ball over only 10 times - its third-lowest turnovers in a game this season. Tech had just seven turnovers against Iowa State on Feb. 12 and had only eight against Missouri (Feb. 5) and Baylor (Jan. 18).
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 on Feb. 18 - 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 Feb. 12 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 Jan. 15 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 291 steals. Smalls leads the Big 12 and is also eighth in the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio at 2.4. She also had 13 points in each of her last two games, 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 16.44 offensive rebounds per game and is third in conference play with a 69.3 defensive rebound percentage and 40.1 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.
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
KANSAS 69, TEXAS TECH 64
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Chynna Brown matched her season-high with 21 points but Angel Goodrich's 20 led three Kansas players in double figures as the Jayhawks finished the season sweep over Texas Tech with a 69-64 win Tuesday night at United Spirit Arena.
Brown became the first player this season to score 20 points or more in two games for Tech (17-10, 5-10 Big 12).
Kansas (18-9, 7-8) trailed by five with 8:32 to play before Natalie Knight hit the first of two consecutive 3-pointers to tie the game at 56-56 with less than seven minutes remaining. That sparked a 16-6 run that would help close out the game as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 69-62 lead - its largest of the night.
Aishah Sutherland added 15 points while Knight posted 12 for KU.
Tech and Kansas exchanged leads 10 times throughout the game as the Jayhawks failed to find an answer for Brown, who hit a career-high 10 field goals. It was the fifth time in seven game that Brown scored in double digits, starting for the fourth consecutive time this season.
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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