Lady Raiders Travel to Kansas

Texas Tech has a season record of 17-5. The University of Kansas's record is 11-11. The clash between the two, in Lawrence Wednesday night, has bigger implications than the season records indicate. Television coverage is not available in Lubbock, but Lady Raider fans can listen on KFYO-AM or KCCL-FM locally or via the All Sports Radio Network. Tech takes a No. 15/12 ranking into the contest.

For the Lady Raiders, a win keeps them in the hunt for the conference title. Currently tied for second – or fifth – with Kansas State and Iowa State and Texas, all at 8-3 in conference play, Tech needs the win badly, not just to hold onto a share of the tie, but also to regain confidence in themselves, their road game, and their offense.

Before Sunday, the Lady Raiders were unbeaten on the road and had a share of the four-way tie for first place in the Big 12 Conference. Against Texas in Austin, Tech's Alesha Robertson and Chesley Dabbs combined for a 2-of-25 output; the inside game fared little better, as center Cisti Greenwalt and power forward LaToya Davis scored a total of 15 points. Junior point guard Erin Grant led Lady Raider scorers with 10 points. She also had four assists.

For Kansas, a win would bring them over .500 in their head coach's first year. Bonnie Henrickson's players need the win for a fifth Big 12 Conference victory; they come into the game after their most impressive win since the first year of the league: a 22-point whipping of the Colorado Buffaloes, 76-54, Sunday. Tech comes to the game with its worst loss of the season – a 43-64 bludgeoning at the hands of the University of Texas, also on Sunday.

Erica Hallman led the Jayhawk ladies on Sunday with 18 points, but juniors Crystal Kemp and Kaylee Brown had only one fewer, apiece, in the rout. Kansas shooters hit 29 field goals in 60 attempts, including a scorching eight of 15 from three-point country. By contrast, Texas Tech shot a season-low 27 percent overall and sank not a single trey.

This game brings the two teams together for the 11th time; Tech leads the series 7-3 and has won the last five in a row. The Jayhawks have started four different lineups this season. Freshman Taylor McIntosh, senior Aquanita Burras, and junior Hallman have been the steadiest anchors in the lineup. Kemp's seven rebounds and two blocks in the Colorado game led her team, while Hallman had eight assists and three steals.

Tech's next home game is Saturday against Texas A&M at 7 p.m.


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