Notebook: Lady Raiders Prep For Lady Toppers

Tech women's basketball looks to stay perfect tonight against Western Kentucky, here are some notes before they tip off. Story by Joshua Koch.

* Lady Raiders return home for the first time since December 7 to take on Western Kentucky tonight at 7 p.m. inside the United Spirit Arena


* Tech defeated Illinois 70-66 the last time out, while Western Kentucky beat Florida International 65-48


* Tech is 9-0 on the season, while Western Kentucky sits at 3-8


* Tech is 3-3 all-time against Western Kentucky with their last meeting coming last season with the Lady Raiders winning by 10, 70-60


* The Lady Raiders moved up in the polls this week, in the most recent Associated Press Poll, Tech is No. 15 and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ranked No. 18 – Western Kentucky is unranked in both


* With a win the 10-0 start would mark the best start for Kristy Curry in her time at the helm of the Lady Raider program. Curry is in her sixth season


* Also with a win Curry would only be two wins away from getting her 100th career coaching victory as head coach of the Lady Raiders


* Out of the five starters for the Lady Raiders, three are averaging double-digits in scoring. Kierra Mallard (14.6 pts/gm), Casey Morris (10.9 pts/gm) and Christine Hyde (10 pts/gm)


* For the Lady Toppers, they have one player averaging double-digits in scoring in senior forward LaTeira Owens who averages a solid 10.6 points per game


Western Kentucky Player to Watch - #31 LaTeira Owens


Owens is the player to watch on this Lady Toppers squad, as she is the only one averaging scoring in double-digits and the only player on the team to be named to the All-Sunbelt Conference preseason second-team. This season Owens has broken the 20-point mark twice and it came in back-to-back games. In their last outing, which was 10 days ago against Florida International, Owens went for 12 points. Owens averages 10.6 points per game and also 7.6 rebounds per game to go with that. Scoring and rebounding are not the only things she is good at, as the Tennessee native is second on the team in steals (13) and blocks (10). Owens will be a player to pay attention to as she can hurt you in almost every aspect of the game.



Texas Tech Player to Watch - #5 Christine Hyde


It may have been the trip to Illinois, but something clicked for Tech junior Christine Hyde against the Fighting Illini on Saturday. The Ontario native paced the team with 18 points and one rebound. She also went 3-for-6 from behind the arc. The 18 points tied a career-high that was set earlier this season against Central Arkansas, and her three made 3-pointers also marked the most she's ever made in a single game.

Hyde said she didn't even know she had scored that much until later that night at dinner.

Despite her not noticing her performance, other teams will definitely now mark her down as a shooter that can drain it if given the opportunity.

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