Prayer and Basketball

Lady Raider basketball play-by-play voice Steve Strain writes about the Lady Raiders going through a lot this season so far and the matchup against New Mexico.

 So the Lady Raiders are on the road again and two games into the season that's rare.  


Tech hasn't had back to back roadies to start the season since the 2001-'02 season.  


But I think the early trips to a couple of tough places to play will definitely help this team down the road.


It's great having Brandi Cantrell on the road with us this trip.  She's with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and makes an occasional road trip with the team.              


After film session Wednesday, she held a Bible study for the staff that I was privileged to be a part of.  That's one of the things I really admire about Coach Kristy Curry is how well grounded of a person she is that she would want Brandi to be with us and to have that time with the staff.  


The coaches and staff actually meet for a study on a weekly basis. Brandi also makes herself available to players wanting to seek her counsel as well.


Unfortunately the prayer list was long for Lady Raiders needing healing and the list grew by one Sunday with Minta Spears' season-ending injury.  She is here though (crutches in-tow) and seems to be in pretty good spirits.


On the floor this team's performance Sunday reminded me of teams I've seen from previous seasons - tenacious on defense and using that to turn into offense at the other end.  


Case-in-point would be Tech's 16 steals Sunday and 22 turnovers overall by Arizona State leading to 28 Tech points.  That's more than a third of their total point output scored off turnovers.  


The only difference with this team from recent ones is they are deeper and more talented.  


But it's a fun "in your face" brand of basketball that this team will bring again this season and Sunday was an example of that.

As for the New Mexico game Thursday, don't expect it to be the cake-walk it's been the last two times around.  

The Lobos have their heart and soul leader back in Sara Halasz, who missed all of last season, and appear to be well on their way back to being the Mountain West power they once were.


New Mexico is always an interesting game because there are usually always Texas kids playing for them or New Mexico kids playing for Tech, or both.  


On that note, Lady Raider sophomore Amber Battle from Albuquerque scored 30 tickets to give to family and friends for the game.


Should be interesting.  Let's hope for a Lady Raider win and you can also pray for those who need healing.  At this point, it probably won't hurt to pray need more prayers for the healthy ones to stay that way.  


See you Sunday at the USA.

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