Just Another Number

The Lady Raiders moved up in the rankings today, but to them it's just another number as winning will take care of the rankings in the end. Story by Joshua Koch.

Numbers play a big role is sports, whether it's shooting percentage, wins, losses or any other stat.

But the one number that people pay the most attention to is where teams sit in the Top 25 polls.

The Lady Raiders in the most recent Associated Press Poll was ranked No.15, and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll at No. 18.

"Whether we are ranked or not, we still feel like we are public enemy number one," Tech junior Christine Hyde said. "We still go into games thinking we are the underdogs, and we're trying to get that signature win. I still say ranking is nothing but a number, and any team can beat anybody on any given day."

So far no one has been able to beat Tech this season, and only two have come close with Penn State and Illinois only losing by four points in each game.

When talking about the rankings Tech head coach Kristy Curry said really the time to enjoy the rankings is come March when everything is said and done.

Curry along with the rest of the team and Lady Raider nation hope when everything is said and done Tech is in another NCAA Tournament, and maybe marching towards a Sweet Sixteen bid or farther.

Being ranked in the Top 20 in both polls is an accomplishment in itself, but Tech junior Chynna Brown said they know they are ranked, and that means they are gaining some respect, but personally she wants to see the Lady Raiders break into the Top 10 in the country.

The Lady Raiders will have their chance to continue their winning ways and climb in the polls with their next contest coming up on Wednesday against Western Kentucky.

Curry said all they have to worry about is taking care of business and the rankings will happen.

"It's just about being your best everyday, and letting all those things around it, whether it's rankings, just fall into place," she said. "It's not something we talk a lot about, but I do know that you want the kids to feel good about, because that's what you work for and that's where you want to be every year."

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