Noticeable Improvement

Lady Raider basketball play-by-play voice Steve Strain writes about how the Lady Raiders improved during the Thanksgiving weekend tourney in Lubbock and more.

Today just some bits and pieces from over the weekend, but I thought the Lady Raiders finished their November schedule on a strong note with their three weekend blowout wins. 


Their wins over Southern Utah, Nicholls St., and New Orleans brought some things we really needed to see from this team - first of which was rebounding better. In all of Texas Tech's first three games they were outrebounded.  In their last three they weren't.


They also needed to shoot the ball better as a team - and did. 


From the field, the free throw line, and the three-point line they put the ball in the basket at a much better clip than they did the previous three.  And individually I think they really wanted to see if Casey Morris could find the stroke again and she did.  The same goes for Jackie Patterson, who ended up with a double-double in Sunday's finale of the Basketball Travelers Invitational. 


The bench was pretty solid too (isn't it fun watching two 6'5 sisters out there), and Amber Battle got some work at the point which will have to happen more now that Minta Spears is out.  She will need more work, but has a lot of upside with her speed and quickness and should be fun to watch develop spelling Monique Smalls.


As has been the case with this team, the level of competition will rise now on through December.


It's a nice Lamar team coming in here Saturday, with Illinois, Oregon State, Michigan State, and Houston on the December schedule.

So we will see if there's a carry-over from the successes of this past weekend because, don't look now, but conference play is barely over a month away!

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