Lady Raiders Try to Stay Perfect Against WKU

Tech looks to make this season its best start in the Kristy Curry era with a win tonight against Western Kentucky. Story and video by Joshua Koch.

Continuation of perfection is what the Lady Raiders are looking to do as they take the court inside the United Spirit Arena tonight at 7 p.m.

No. 15/18 Tech (9-0) takes on Western Kentucky for the second straight season, last year the Lady Raiders upended the Lady Toppers 70-60 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

With this in mind, the Lady Raiders already have an idea of what they will bring and Tech junior Christine Hyde said if they do what they have done all season there are no worries in this game.

"We played them last year," she said. "We know that they're athletic they get out and rebound, they're physical. This is where we have to match their physicality, their intensity, their aggressiveness. They're coming here this time, so it's going to be a different atmosphere.

"If we play Texas Tech basketball we really don't have much to worry about."

Western Kentucky (3-8) had a rough start to its 2011-2012 campaign, dropping the first four games including a loss to then-No. 8 Duke on November 20.

The Lady Toppers three wins this season has come against Samford, Louisiana Tech and most recently Florida International.

When comparing the two squads statistically the Lady Raiders are a heavy weight contender while the Lady Toppers are coming in as a lightweight.

Western Kentucky has only one player, senior LaTeira Owens, averaging 10.6 points per game and grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game which both are leading the team.

While the Lady Toppers have just one player in double-digits, the Lady Raiders are loaded with three players averaging double-digits including senior Kierra Mallard, who is averaging a double-double this season scoring 14.6 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game.

The Lady Raiders have been able to put big points up on opponents this season and really have only been tested twice this season against Penn State and Illinois.

For Tech coach Kristy Curry despite being undefeated is still looking for areas to improve on in this team even though the hot start to the season.

"Well I'm always concerned," she said. "It's always important to defend and rebound, and defensively it looks like we've had to many lapses defensively. We look at the score and we see the situation and we think we're OK. You can never take a deep breath, you can never take a play off."


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