Cyclones enter the weekend having won four out of their last five matches.
Sophomore Renee de St. Aubin leads the team in goals (four), points (eight) and is tied for fifth in the Big 12 in goals scored (four) and second in game-winning goals (two). De St. Aubin, junior Kate Kirwan and senior Deb Benakis were named to the all-tournament team of the Bulldog Bash last weekend for their efforts.
Hornbacher has been pleased with how de St. Aubin and most notably, her defense, has stepped up during their last five games.
Kirwan and Deb Benakis have been very solid in the backline, and really been
solid and consistent in their play," Hornbacher said. Renee continues to be
making an impact in every game that she plays. She is playing very composed and
with a great deal of confidence."
Texas Tech enters the match with a five-game losing streak, its lone win coming in a 3-2 overtime decision over Sam Houston State back on August 30. Senior Kimmie Davis leads TTU with six goals on the year, ranking her tied for second in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been outscored 25-8 in eight games, but has only been outshot 123-115.
Buffaloes have won their last two games after suffering tough losses at the
season's outset vs. then-No. 2
Hornbacher says her team goes into Big 12 play with the same mindset as non-conference games.
"We don't approach Big 12 games any differently than any other game we play," Hornbacher said. "We respect each team we play, prepare for the strengths of their team, as well as things we need to execute to be successful. Our team is excited for the opening weekend and realize that each and every game for us is important in the overall standings."