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Lady Raiders getting back to fundamentals

Posted: December 19, 2013 - 11:39pm  |  Updated: December 20, 2013 - 1:09am
Texas Tech and Candi Whitaker play three games this weekend in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long/A-J Media
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Texas Tech and Candi Whitaker play three games this weekend in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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In preparation for the World Vision Challenge tournament this weekend in United Spirit Arena, Texas Tech women’s basketball spent quite a bit of time in the film room coming off a 65-56 defeat in Arizona.

“We watched a lot of film,” head coach Candi Whitaker said. “(It was) a lot of teaching and seeing ourselves. Film doesn’t lie, so it’s a great teaching tool. (We’re) just working on execution and just trying to get better on all phases, just trying to get better.”

Freshman guard Minta Spears said that during that “one hour and 45 minutes of film,” the team noticed that during the Arizona game things went wrong that Tech could have fixed to leave Tucson with a win.

“So, we’ve just been working on the fundamentals and little details and everyone’s role,” she said.

Against the Wildcats, the Lady Raiders committed 13 turnovers, the second lowest total this season.

“It’s how you turn it over,” Whitaker said. “It’s when you turn it over. Is it creating opportunities at the other end? We do our best to not have those type of pick-six turnovers where they’re scoring. I think the thing in the first half versus the second half was (Arizona) had 12 points off of offensive rebounds and 12 points off of turnovers in the first half, and they finished with 16 in both categories. I thought from the first half to the second half we showed improvement.”

Whitaker and her staff and hoping to see more improvement over these next three days as Tech takes on Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic and Abilene Christian.

However, three games in three days poses some challenges for the Lady Raiders.

“We play some people a lot of minutes,” Whitaker said. “I think we’re going to have to be smart and get them some rest so that they can go three days in a row ... Depending on how the game goes, that dictates a lot of subs, but we need everybody that’s on the bench either cheering and being loud and giving energy on the bench or when they step in to make plays.”

Spears, after playing the entire game against Arizona, leads Texas Tech with 36 minutes played per game, followed by junior guard Amber Battle with 32.4.

Freshmen point guards Marina Lizarazu and Diamond Lockhart check in at 25 and 22.2 minutes, respectively.

So far this season, Battle is No. 6 in the Big 12 and leads her team with 16.5 points per game.

Spears is the only other Red Raider to average double digits with 12.3 points.


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Texas Tech vs. Jacksonville at 6 p.m. on Friday

Florida Atlantic vs. Abilene Christian at 8 p.m. on Friday

ACU vs. Jacksonville at 12 p.m. on Saturday

Tech vs. FAU at 2 p.m. on Saturday

Jacksonville vs. FAU at 12 p.m. on Sunday

Tech vs. ACU at 2 p.m. on Sunday

Texas Tech Jacksonville Florida Atlantic Abilene Christian

66.8 63.6 Scoring 85.1 79.0

64.4 68.1 Opponent Scoring 72.0 65.4

.392 .380 Field Goal Pct. .441 .423

.305 .192 3-Point Pct. .319 .328

.772 .651 Free Throw Pct. .682 .663

40.5 43.0 Rebounds 37.4 42.4

11.6 11.0 Assists 14.4 17.5

18.6 23.6 Turnovers 13.3 19.4

7.1 12.1 Steals 12.8 11.3

4.0 2.1 Blocks 3.3 4.1


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College basketball

Who: Texas Tech vs. Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic and Abilene Christian

When: 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: United Spirit Arena, Lubbock

Records: Tech 4-4, Jacksonville 3-5, FAU 6-2 and ACU 7-4

Last Meeting: First meeting against Jacksonville and FAU, Tech 95, ACU 48 on Jan. 13, 1983

TV: None

Radio: 97.3 FM

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