Texas Tech Takes on Oklahoma State on FCS
Feb. 26, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech is attempting to do something that no Lady Raiders team has done before when it clashes with Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday at United Spirit Arena.
The game will be broadcast on FOX College Sports Central with David Thetford and Sheryl Swoopes on the call along with Courtney Davis reporting.
Tech (20-7, 10-5 Big 12) beat Kansas on Sunday for its fourth sweep of a Big 12 Conference opponent this season - the first time its happened since the 1999-2000 season when Tech swept Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Now the Lady Raiders, under the new round robin format in the Big 12, have the chance to sweep and unprecedented fifth Big 12 team. Tech beat then-No. 13 Oklahoma State, 64-59, in Stillwater on Jan. 2 - the Big 12 opener for both teams.
But more importantly perhaps is the chance to lock up a top three finish in the Big 12. The Lady Raiders come into Wednesday night's game still tied for second place with Iowa State, who still holds the tiebreaker with a sweep of Tech this season, meaning the Lady Raiders would be the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Championship if it started tomorrow.
"It's important for us to continue to take them one at a time like we have been, and obviously we want to put an exclamation point at the end of the season," said Tech head coach Kristy Curry, who notched her first 10-win Big 12 season on Sunday. "The three games we have left are just as important as the three games before them but we understand there's a sense of urgency right now."
Tech also has a 1.5 game lead over Oklahoma (19-9, 9-7) after the Sooners loss to No. 1 Baylor on Monday night. OU will play its final game on Monday against Tech in Lubbock.
Oklahoma State (19-7, 8-7) comes in after winning its last game over the same Sooners, creating an even bigger mess in the middle of the Big 12 standings, trying to keep pace with Oklahoma and West Virginia. The Mountaineers beat Kansas State on Tuesday night and are in a tie with OU.
A Tech win on Wednesday would create a two-game cushion over Oklahoma and West Virginia with two games to play (at Kansas State, vs Oklahoma).
A big part of Tech's success over the past two weeks to help it win four of its last five has been the outstanding play of its starting five - seniors Monique Smalls, Casey Morris, Chynna Brown and junior Kelsi Baker.
Brown and Morris combined for 39 and 31 points in the last two contests. Brown is averaging 15.9 points per game in Big 12 play, scoring 20 against Kansas on Sunday. Morris has been in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 16.4 points.
"I think we've been in this position before so we're just more competitive," Morris said. "It may look like we're in a groove right now but I think we just know that we have to play well every game and that we can't settle."