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Lady Raiders need second scorer to step up

Other teams across the Big 12 are trying to find their No. 3 scorer.

Posted: January 24, 2014 - 11:52pm  |  Updated: January 25, 2014 - 1:19am
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Texas Tech's Ivonne CookTaylor is among a group of players who the Lady Raiders will look to for another scoring threat to go with Amber Battle. (Zach Long)
Texas Tech's Ivonne CookTaylor is among a group of players who the Lady Raiders will look to for another scoring threat to go with Amber Battle. (Zach Long)
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Other teams across the Big 12 are trying to find their No. 3 scorer.

Texas Tech women’s basketball is still trying to find No. 2.

“We need someone to step up and be that consistently for us,” head coach Candi Whitaker said.

Junior guard Amber Battle is the lone Lady Raider to average in double figures, scoring 18.4 points per game.

In conference play, Battle is putting up 106 shots to lead the team.

The second most field goals shot during Big 12 play is 46 by freshman guard Ivonne CookTaylor.

CookTaylor’s 5.3 points per contest makes her the second leading scorer and she is playing 19.9 minutes per game.

“I think Ivonne’s someone who can create her own shot,” Whitaker said. “She could potentially (be our No. 2 scorer).”

Freshman guard Jasmine Caston, after her nine points against West Virginia on Wednesday, is scoring 4.1 points per game in 16.3 minutes.

“I loved Jas’s mentality and her body language when she stepped on the floor,” Whitaker said. “She was there to make plays and she went and did that. (She) got some shots to go. Jas is a shooter with a short term memory. She always thinks the next one’s going in, and you want that in a shooter.”

Freshman guard Minta Spears is also averaging 4.1 points but it playing a substantial 27.9 minutes.

Spears has struggled from the field since conference play began, going 3-for-30 from downtown and 7-of-38 from the floor.

“I think at the beginning of the year, I was that (No. 2 scorer),” Spears said. “I was a consistent scorer and option to look at. I’ve kind of dropped off a little bit. I’m working hard every day to get back to that and contribute to the team.”

Another Lady Raider Whitaker thinks could embrace this role is freshman point guard Diamond Lockhart.

“Diamond had the best practice she ever had (yesterday),” Whitaker said. “I thought she was fantastic and is continuing to get better.”

While Texas Tech struggles to fill that scoring role, No. 20 Iowa State enters today’s game with three players averaging in double digits throughout Big 12 play - senior forward Hallie Christofferson with 16.4 points per game, junior guard Nikki Moody with 12.1 and freshman guard Jadda Buckley with 10.9

While Christofferson is the Big 12’s No. 5 scorer in conference play and the No. 3 scorer overall averaging 19.3 points all season, the Cyclones are deadly from downtown.

The Cyclones lead the conference in three-point percentage at .355 which ranks No. 29 nationally.

Iowa State hasn’t gone without connecting from behind the arc since 1995, and pending a three-point make tonight, that streak will reach 600 games, which is also an NCAA record.

During these 19 years, the Cyclones have netted 4,560 treys, averaging 7.76 per contest.

“We’ve got to guard all of them,” Whitaker said. “They’re great players with great shooters.”

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Who: Texas Tech vs. No. 20 Iowa State

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: United Spirit Arena

Records: Tech 6-12 overall, 0-7 in Big 12; ISU 14-4 overall, 3-4 in Big 12

Last meeting: ISU 74, Tech 48 on Jan 8, 2014

TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus (Suddenlink 81, 281 HD)

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Tech Iowa State

60.4 Scoring 76.3

65.7 Opponent Scoring 60.8

.377 Field Goal Pct. .427

.265 3-Point Pct. .355

.720 Free Throw Pct. .791

36.6 Rebounds 40.5

10.4 Assists 14.6

17.1 Turnovers 13.2

6.9 Steals 4.8

3.5 Blocks 3.1

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what?

"I loved Jas's body language when she stepped on the floor"! Where does she get these cliches? Did Curry leave her book behind? Actually, she was keeping time with the band's music. Only one player in double figures, how pathetic! 6 and 13 by 9PM.

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