Big 12 Championship Game Preview: Texas Tech vs Texas
March 6, 2012
2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship - Game 1
No. 8 Texas Longhorns (18-12) vs No. 9 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (18-12)
When: 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Where: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV: Kansas Metro Sports
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network, 97.3 FM (Lubbock)
Play-by-Play: Steve Strain
TEXAS TECH LADYRAIDERS (18-12, 6-12 BIG 12)
Coach: Kristy Curry
Overall: 285-136 (13)
at Tech: 106-85 (6)
vs. Texas: 4-10
at Big 12 Tourn: 1-5
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
23 Monique Smalls 5-6 G JR 8.5 pts/game
15 Casey Morris 5-9 G JR 9.4 pts/game
00 Chynna Brown 5-8 G JR 8.8 pts/game
1 Jordan Barncastle 6-2 F SR 5.2 pts/game
33 Shauntal Nobles 6-3 F SO 6.3 pts/game
TEXAS LONGHORNS(18-12, 8-10 BIG 12)
Coach: Gail Goestenkors
Overall: 498-161 (20)
at Texas: 102-62 (5)
vs. Tech: 10-3
at Big 12 Tourn: 5-4
NO. NAME HT P YR STATS
12 Yvonne Anderson 5-7 G SR 11.9 pts/game
24 Chasidy Fussell 5-10 G SO 16.9 pts/game
33 Ashleigh Fontenette 5-8 G SR 11.6 pts/game
22 Ashley Gayle 6-4 F SR 4.9 pts/game
44 Anne Marie Hartung 6-3 P SO 4.8 pts/game
TEXAS TECH - TEXAS MATCHUP
This will be the third meeting this season between the two programs, fifth in the Big 12 Championship and 88th meetingoverall. Texas Tech and Texas split the regular season games, each winning at home. Tech beat Texas, 75-71, on Jan. 28 while Texas took one in Austin, 63-54, on Feb. 15.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS TEXAS
- Texas leads the all-time series 61-26.
- Texas won the last meeting in Austin, 63-54.
- Texas Tech won the lastmeeting in Lubbock, 75-71.
- Texas Tech is 4-13 all-time against Texas on neutral court.
- Texas Tech is 1-3 all-time against Texas in the Big 12 Championship.
Year Result Round
2008 No. 7 Texas 75, No. 10 Texas Tech 63 First Round
2003 No. 1 Texas 67, No. 3 Texas Tech 57 Finals
2001 No. 2 Texas Tech 71, No. 7 Texas 58 Quarterfinals
2000 No. 6 Texas 68, No. 2 Texas Tech 50 Semifinals
AT THE BIG 12
- Texas Tech is 14-13 at the Big 12 Championship.
- Texas Tech won the Big 12 Championship in 1998 and 1999.
- Texas Tech won its first round game last season for the first time since 2006.
- Kristy Curry is 1-5 at the Big 12 Championship.
- Kristy Curry is 0-1 against Texas at the Big 12 Championship.
LAST TIME OUT -- TEXAS TECH 64, KANSAS STATE 63
MANHATTAN, Kan. --- Shauntal Nobles scored a career-high 16 points and led three Lady Raiders in double figures as Texas Tech played spoiler on senior day at Kansas State, beating the Wildcats, 64-63 on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.
It was the second consecutive game that was decided by just one point. Kansas State won, 62-61, in Lubbock on Jan. 14.
Kansas State (18-12, 9-9 Big 12) jumped out in front quickly after a back-and-forth start, building up a33-16 lead with 6:58 to play in the first half. Then the tables turned for good thanks to Nobles, junior guard Monique Smalls and senior forward Kierra Mallard, who helped lead Tech (18-12, 6-12) go on a 40-11 run over the next 18 minutes and build a 56-44 lead - its largest of the game.
The Lady Raiders were 14 of 22 (63.6 percent) from the field during that span. Mallard and Smalls each finished with 15 points. Smalls tied a career-high in points for the third time this season - all coming during wins (Dec. 3 vs Penn State; Jan. 28 vs Texas).
Tech hit 28 field goals - its highest in Big 12 Conference play and most since hitting 29 against CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 29. Tech finished the regular season with at least 18 wins for the second consecutive season under Curry.
The Texas Tech women's basketball program announced on Friday that junior guard Christine Hyde hadsuccessful 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 toOklahoma on Feb. 29. 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 126 assists and just 50 turnovers for a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, leading all Big 12 Conference players. She also had six steals, giving her a team-leading 84 on the year.
TEXAS TECH STARTERS (GAMES STARTED THIS YEAR)
Junior guard Monique Smalls tied a career-high with 15 points in the win over Kansas State on Saturday.That's the third time this season and fifth time in her career that she's scored 15 points. Texas Tech is 4-1 when Smalls scores 15 points.
Date Opponent Result
3/8/11 Oklahoma State* W, 57-48
3/9/11 Oklahoma* L, 69-71
12/3/11 Penn State W, 70-66
1/28/12 Texas W, 75-71
3/3/12 Kansas State W, 64-63
* Big 12 Championship Games
Sophomore forward Shauntal Nobles scored a career-high 16 points in the win over Kansas State on Saturday. That's the ninth time Nobles has scored in double figures this season. She beat her previous high of 14 points scored in the win over San Diego on Dec. 30,2011.
Texas Tech trailed KansasState 33-16 with 6:53 remaining in the first half before going on a run that shifted the game for good. The Lady Raiders went on a 40-11 run over the next 18 minutes into the second half to take 56-44 lead - Tech's largest of the game.