That's not to say that coach sharp isn't aware of the significance of the game, she just doesn't think about it quite as much as Lady Raider fans. "I would think our fans think about it more than we do," said Coach Sharp. For the Texas Tech coaches this game might be most important in the recruiting battle. "We understand the significance of playing Texas from a recruiting perspective and a lot of other directions," said Coach Sharp. For the players some of the significance comes from the familiarity they have with the players and schools involved. "These guys have played AAU basketball against all those guys on the Texas team since they were ten years old," said Coach Sharp. "There's a little bit different atmosphere than you get in any other game."
Texas Tech players and coaches are still adjusting to the loss of Jia Perkins, but it seems as if things are finally starting to reach some sort of normality. "I think our practices have been a little bit more focused consistently, and we're beginning to understand our roles again," said Coach Sharp. One of the biggest adjustments has been the change in strategy that came with the departure of the team's leading scorer. "We took the first option out of every one of our offenses when we lost Jia, so everything had to move up a slot, from the way people responded to being the go to player, to having a younger group of players on the floor with them," said Coach Sharp. The coaches have put in a substantial amount of time finding the right mix again. "We've all had to take a look and regroup from a coaching perspective what now would be the best things for us to attempt to do," said Coach Sharp.