After scoring only four points in the paint in Austin on Wednesday, Texas Tech women’s basketball head coach Candi Whitaker hopes her team can get back to scoring down low today against TCU.
“You can’t win in the Big 12 without scoring in the paint unless you’re on fire from the perimter,” Whitaker said. “We have to find a way to get to the rim and score.”
In Tech’s 65-54 loss to TCU earlier this season, the Lady Raiders scored only 22 points in the paint.
The Horned Frogs have 6-foot-3 senior center Latricia Lovings and 6-foot-6 freshman center Klara Bradshaw down low, who combined for five blocks against Texas Tech in January.
“We have to be aggressive against their zone,” Whitaker said. “We can’t settle for threes. We have to try to get to the rim and get points in the paint.”
Shot selection must improve for the Lady Raiders the second time around against TCU.
Tech was 7-of-21 from behind the arc and 19-of-53 overall from the field.
Poor shot selection led to an 11:51 period without a field goal in the first half.
“When we haven’t had as many scoring droughts, multiple people step up and make plays,” Whitaker said. “We can’t wait for Amber to do it all. The team has to step up and knock down shots. When we aren’t scoring baskets, we need to get to the free throw line. We have to rebound to get second and third opportunities.”
Junior guard Amber Battle scored 23 points against the Horned Frogs earlier this season, but the surprise second scorer for the Lady Raiders was freshman guard Ivonne CookTaylor.
“Ivonne has shown that she can really be a great palyer for us down the road if she will really commit to it,” Whitaker said. “She has the ability to create her own shot, one of only a couple on the team that can do that.”
TCU, after its win over Tech on Jan. 5, was excited to finally get a road win in conference play.
The Horned Frogs are coming into today’s game off a huge road victory (61-60) over No. 23 Iowa State.
Throughout the season, sophomore guard Zahna Medley has paced the TCU offense with 15.7 points per game, followed by junior guard Natalie Ventress with 11.
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