Lady Raiders Travel to Houston for Road Test

Texas Tech travels for the first time this season for a regular season game.

Tonight marks the first true road test for an experienced Lady Raider squad that struggled away from the United Spirit Arena last season going just 4-7.

Texas Tech travels to Houston to take on the Cougars at 7 p.m. tonight inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the first time since the two squads met in the Women's NIT in 2010, where Tech won 80-77 in Lubbock.

"Well it counts, that's what matters," Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry said about playing on the road. "We've got to learn to handle a road environment."

The first three games for Tech have shown a lot of things about this Lady Raider squad – depth and experience.

Tech has won all of its games, including the two exhibition games, by a margin of 25 or more points, a.k.a. blowouts.

In Lady Raider head coach Kristy Curry's sixth year at the helm of this program, has the luxury now of being able to sub out all five players on the floor and replace them with bench players and see almost no letdown.

Kelsi Baker came off the bench for Tech in its season-opening win going for 12 points, which led the team.

Baker said they have to be ready for Houston and do the little things

"They're athletic, they'll rebound, they're just gonna push the ball on us," she said. "We know we got to get back, we know we got to pick up shooters in transition. And we know we have to get every single rebound in order to be successful."

Now that is not the same story for the Cougars as only five returners from last season's 26-6 squad that went undefeated in Conference USA play going 16-0.

One of the returners to watch in this game is Houston senior guard Porsche Landry.

Landry was named the Conference USA Player of the Week after going off in the Cougars season-opening loss to New Mexico State, 63-62.

The Houston native scored 37 points and tied a school and league record with 17 made field goals in the loss.

The Cougars look to avenge that loss against the Lady Raiders, who they haven't beaten since December 4, 2007.

Despite not losing to the Cougars since 2007, the Lady Raiders will have to protect their first appearance in the Associated Press Poll since 2006, coming in at No. 25 in the most recent poll, against Houston.

Last season Houston took down then- No.21 Nebraska for its first win against a ranked opponent since 2004.

So Tech takes its 1-0 record against a 0-1 Houston team looking to make a statement against a ranked Lady Raiders squad on its home court tonight.

"I feel like on the road we're more focused than we are at home," junior guard Chynna Brown said. "Most of the games we have on the road we just try to figure out what we need to do to stop whoever we're playing. The game in San Angelo was a great environment so we're kind of used to playing in front of big crowds on the road. Going on the road is always a great opportunity for our whole team, just excited too.

"We love to play on the road, we love to get a win at somebody else's place." 

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