Preview: Lady Raiders On the Road Again

Texas Tech hits the road to try and snap a four-game skid against Kansas, which has been seeing success all season, and most recently in Big 12 play.

Coming off their worst loss of the season, the Lady Raiders will try and snap a four-game skid against Kansas tonight.

"You don't look back, I mean it's positive, it's about preparing," Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "Again, I just don't sit around and think about the negative, I try to focus on the positive. I'm always going to tell you how it is."

No. 21/23 Tech (14-4, 2-4 in Big 12 Conference play) faces an up and coming Kansas Women's Basketball program tonight with first tip at 7 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks (15-3, 4-2) enter the game coming off a loss to No. 13 Texas A&M on Saturday and despite the loss, Kansas guard Angel Goodrich went off in the game scoring a career-high 28 points.

Goodrich is third on the team averaging 12.7 points per game this season, and second on the team in conference play averaging 14.5 per game.

But the player to mindful for against the Jayhawks is junior Carolyn Davis, who is leading the team in scoring for the second straight season.

Davis is averaging 17.6 points per game overall and 18 points per game in conference play.

But despite all the success this season and posting a 15-3 record which is good for second in the conference only to No. 1 Baylor, the Jayhawks have yet to break into the Top 25 this season in either the Associated Press Poll of USA Today/ ESPN Coaches Poll.

While the Jayhawks have been left out of the rankings, Tech climbed all the way to No. 10 in the country following a 14-0 start just two weeks ago.

But in the two weeks since the squads highest ranking since 2005, the Lady Raiders have dropped four games in a row to Oklahoma, Kansas State, No. 1 Baylor and most recently a 66-49 loss to Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.

During the stretch it has been different things that have hurt the Lady Raiders, Curry said, but they have to move on and only focus on what they can affect.

"I think it's been something different each opportunity we've had," she said. "Whether it's missed free throws, or missed box out here or there or 50-50 ball, and (Sunday) was a range of different events. But again it's about staying positive and focusing on being better today. I feel like we got better today, and that's what we can control is today."

During the stretch turnovers has been one of the issues as Tech turned the ball over 16 times against Oklahoma, and 14 against Kansas State making it 30 turnovers in two games.

Another issue was not getting players consistently performing, which came out in the Iowa State loss the most as Monique Smalls scored 13 points, and no other Lady Raider reached double digits.

With the way the team started and now the recent struggles junior guard Christine Hyde said the biggest problem for the team has just been losing focus.

"The difference is we lost sight of our goal," she said. "Now that we sat down, we spoke with each other, went over film, we regained sight of what we're trying to achieve. I guess that's what we need to continue to look at and not forget our goal."

The Lady Raiders will arguably have to get back on the winning side of things, it Tech wants to find itself still in the Top 25 next week and also stop their slide down the Big 12 standings.

Tech was second in the conference only two weeks ago before the Baylor game, and now sits seventh in the league.

Losing is not fun for the team, Hyde said, and they haven't forgot what winning is like but they need to get back on track.

"No, but we hate losing more than we like winning," she said. "You can always forget what winning feels like, but you never forget what losing feels like. But I guess what we're trying to do is get back on track on winning."


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