Game Preview: Texas Tech at Kansas State
March 2, 2012
Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-12, 5-12) at Kansas State Wildcats (18-11, 9-8)
When: 6 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2012
Where: Brammlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan. (12,528)
TV: Kansas Now
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller
Analyst: Missy Heidrick
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network, 97.3 FM (Lubbock)
Play-by-Play: Steve Strain
TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (17-12, 5-12 BIG 12)
Coach: Kristy Curry
Overall: 284-136 (13)
at Tech: 105-85 (6)
vs. K-State: 3-5
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
23 Monique Smalls 5-6 G JR 8.3 pts/game
15 Casey Morris 5-9 G JR 9.6 pts/game
00 Chynna Brown 5-8 G JR 8.9 pts/game
1 Jordan Barncastle 6-2 F SR 5.3 pts/game
33 Shauntal Nobles 6-3 F SO 6.0 pts/game
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS (18-11, 9-8 Big 12)
Coach: Deb Patterson
Overall: 318-186 (16)
at K-State: 318-186 (16)
vs. Tech: 10-10
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
2 Brittany Chambers 5-8 G JR 14.4 pts/game
13 Tasha Dickey 5-10 G SR 10.3 pts/game
22 Mariah White 5-8 G JR 5.4 pts/game
33 Jalana Childs 6-2 F SR 13.8 pts/game
34 Branshea Brown 6-2 F SR 5.0 pts/game
TEXAS TECH - KANSAS STATE MATCHUP
This is the 22nd meeting between the two programs with Kansas State leading the series, 11-10 after winning in Lubbock, 62-61, on Jan. 14. Texas Tech is looking to snap a five-game losing streak for the second time in Big 12 Conference play while the Wildcats try to rebound from a 57-33 loss to Iowa State on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE SERIES VS KANSAS STATE
- Kansas State leads the all-time series 11-10.
- Kansas State won the last meeting in Lubbock, 62-61, on Jan. 14, 2012.
- Texas Tech won the last meeting in Manhattan, 75-67 in overtime on Feb. 24, 2010.
- Two of the last three meetings have been decided in overtime.
- Texas Tech is 3-4 in Manhattan all-time.
- Kristy Curry is 1-1 in Manhattan all-time.
- Texas Tech's largest margin of victory in Manhattan was 75-67 (OT) on Feb. 24, 2010.
- Texas Tech's largest margin of defeat in Manhattan was 71-45 on Jan. 16, 2008.
LAST TIME OUT
OKLAHOMA 71, TEXAS TECH 62
LUBBOCK, Texas -- LUBBOCK, Texas - Aaryn Ellenberg scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds to lead three Sooners in double figures as Oklahoma beat Texas Tech, 71-62, on Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena.
Oklahoma (19-10, 11-6 Big 12) went on three key runs during the game, including an 11-2 start. OU would finish the game in similar fashion, outscoring Tech 10-3 in a four-and-a-half minute span to take a 60-49 lead after senior Jordan Barncastle closed the gap to four points with a jumper at the 7:16 mark.
Whitney Hand added 17 points while Morgan Hook scored 15.
Tech (17-12, 5-12) got on the glass often and forced 17 turnovers but only hit 19 of 64 shots (29.7 percent) while Oklahoma overcame the ball-handling troubles with a 23 of 49 showing (46.9 percent).
Casey Morris led Tech with 19 points - including three, 3-pointers - while sophomore Shauntal Nobles added 11 points and seven rebounds along with senior Jordan Barncastle's 11 points. It was the final regular season home game for Barncastle and Kierra Mallard. Mallard ended the night with just two points and five rebounds.
It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Lady Raiders for the second time this season.
BIG 12 TOURNEY
Texas Tech's loss on Wednesday combined with a win by Oklahoma State and Texas sealed the No. 9 seed for the Lady Raiders in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament next week in Kansas City. Tech will play the first play-in game at 5:30 p.m. central time on Wednesday, March 7, at Kansas City Municipal Auditorium against Texas (17-12, 7-10), Kansas (18-11, 7-10) or Oklahoma State (15-11, 7-10).
The Texas Tech women's basketball program announced on Friday that junior guard Christine Hyde had successful arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Friday morning and is likely to miss the remainder of the season to recover. The junior from Ontario, Canada was averaging 7.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field.
LEADING THE WAY
Texas Tech junior guard Casey Morris led the team with 19 points and had three, 3-pointers in the loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday. She had 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting against Texas A&M and added three steals. That's the 13th and 14th time this season that Morris has scored in double figures and fifth and sixth time she has scored 15 points or more. She's led the team in scoring five times this season - including 4 of the last 8.
NO SMALL FEAT
Texas Tech junior guard Monique Smalls now has 123 assists and just 49 turnovers for a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, leading all Big 12 Conference players. She also had three steals, giving her a team-leading 78 on the year.
TEXAS TECH STARTERS (GAMES STARTED THIS YEAR)
Texas Tech had 13 steals on Saturday night against the Aggies - the most in Big 12 Conference play for Tech --- and added 10 more against Oklahoma on Wednesday. Tech leads the Big 12 Conference with 314 steals in 28 games (10.8/game).
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 against Kansas on Feb. 21. She also had 21 in Tech's second game this season at Houston on Nov. 16. Brown has scored in double figures in five of her last eight games.
Texas Tech had just seven turnovers against Oklahoma on Wednesday - the second time it had seven or fewer turnovers this season (Iowa State on Feb. 12). Tech and had only eight against Missouri (Feb. 5) and Baylor (Jan. 18).
Texas Tech senior forward Jordan Barncastle has 22 total 3-pointers made on the season. That total matches her previous total from the last three years combined. Her 66 threes puts her in the top 15 all-time at Texas Tech.
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.
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 16.3 offensive rebounds per game and is third in conference play with a 69.2 defensive rebound percentage and 39.7 offensive rebound percentage.