Lady Raiders claim fourth seed

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders knew they would be on the road for this year's sub regional games, but now they know where they're traveling to. Texas Tech will travel to Missoula, Montana for their first round matchup. As the fourth seed in the Mideast region, the Lady Raiders will face #13 Maine on Saturday.

The seed makes sense given the problems the Lady Raiders have faced since conference play started. Not long after reaching the top of the polls, the Lady Raiders lost Jia Perkins for undisclosed medical reasons. One month later Cisti Greenwalt fractured her ankle and was declared out for the season. Despite the problems, the Lady Raiders managed a fourth place finish in the Big Twelve.

Maine shouldn't pose too big of a challenge for the Lady Raiders. Maine has a 25-6 record and went 17-1 in the America East conference. Despite the strong record, Maine doesn't have many quality wins this season. The Black Bears' only win against a tournament team was a December victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay. Maine is led by Heather Ernest, who scored 16.5 points per game.

The second round matchup might be more of a concern for the Lady Raiders. The other game in the sub regional is #5 Louisiana Tech vs #12 Montana. Assuming Louisiana Tech wins, the Lady Raiders will face a big, physical team that plays to Texas Tech's biggest weaknesses. Things don't get any easier form there, as the Lady Raiders would probably face #1 duke in the sweet 16 game. While the seed certainly isn't favorable for Texas Tech, the Lady Raiders may be able to make a nice run if they can survive their second round matchup. While Duke is a better team than Louisiana Tech, the Lady Raiders match up much better with Duke.

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