Texas Tech, Northern Colorado Face Off
Kelsi Baker has scored in double digits in each of the last five games.
Dec. 15, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech will go for its seventh consecutive win on Sunday at 2 p.m. when it faces off against Northern Colorado at United Spirit Arena.
The game will be the first of two contests on Sunday. Then Red Raiders will take on McNeese State at 5 p.m. Fans can get into both games for just $1.
Tech (7-1) has relied on its defense to help drive the team through its winning streak over the last six games, holding opponents to 56 points or less in each contest while scoring 70 points or more in the last five. The Lady Raiders have won its seven games by an average of 23.4 points.
But what's gained national attention is Tech's ability to force turnovers while limiting its own. Tech has the sixth-best average turnover margin (+9.4) and ninth-best steals per game average (13.9) in NCAA Division I, while leading the Big 12 Conference in both categories.
The Lady Raiders have held opponents to nine or less field goals in a half eight times this season, giving up seven or less five times. Opponents are hitting just 37.7 percent from the field overall against the Lady Raiders this season.
But they've also improved offensively.
Tech hit 64.3 percent of its shots (18 of 28) in the second half of its 75-56 win over Illinois on Dec. 5 -- the team's highest single-half shooting percentage since hitting 62.5 percent (15 of 24) vs North Dakota on Dec. 28, 2009.
Sunday's game will be the final home contest before Tech heads out to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic to take on Michigan State (8-1) and Oregon State (6-3) Dec. 20-21. Tech plays its final non-conference game and last in 2012 on Dec. 30 in Lubbock against Houston (4-6).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kelsi Baker, JR., FORWARD
Baker has become one of the most consistent players for Texas Tech in the past few games. The junior forward has scored in double digits in her last five games, including a career-high 16 in the win over Illinois. Baker is averaging 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in that five game span, hitting 51 percent from the field (23 of 45).