Tech Returns Home to Take On Lipscomb|
Monique Smalls leads Texas Tech with 14 points per game this season.
Nov. 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech returns home to the friendly confines of United Spirit Arena at 2 p.m. CT, Sunday to take on Lipscomb in the Lady Raiders' home opener for the 2012-13 season.
Tech (1-1) comes home after playing its first two games on the road. The Lady Raiders suffered their first loss on Thursday at New Mexico, 65-61.
Senior guard Monique Smalls scored a career-high 22 points in the los while fellow seniors Casey Morris and Chynna Brown combined to go 0-for-11 from the field. Sophomore guard Amber Battle added a career-high 12 points in front of a hometown crowd while senior forward Christine Hyde had 10 off the bench.
"I think any time we can have that fourth or fifth player in double figures we're much better," Curry said. "You've got to space it out and make sure we have at least four players in double figures. We don't have a go-to player that can night-in and night-out guarantee you 20 (points), so our balance is what makes us special and that's when we're at our best."
Lipscomb (0-2) comes into the game after suffering a 62-45 home loss to No. 16 Vanderbilt on Monday. But the Lady Bison have a solid scorer in senior guard Hannah Phillips, who leads them in points, rebounds and assists. She scored 21 points - just one point shy of tying her career-high - on Monday against Vandy and is averaging 18 points per game through two contests.
And they'll take plenty of chances from behind the 3-point line. The Lady Bison are 12 of 42 from behind the arc, led once again by Phillips who is 7 of 14.
Curry noted that it will be important to not give Lipscomb any confidence in the early minutes like Tech did with Arizona State and New Mexico in its previous two games.
"We've allowed out opponents to gain confidence in two games now," she said. "One we were able to sustain that and one (against New Mexico) we weren't. So it's important to get off to a great start."
Tech will play six more consecutive home games following Sunday's bout, including the three-game Basketball Travelers Invitational tournament at home this weekend against Southern Utah, Nicholls State and New Orleans.