# Exhibition; ^ ESPN Tip-Off Marathon; @ Big 12/SEC Challenge; ! Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic; * Big 12 Conference Game
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In the past 59 years, 29 NBA MVP awards have gone to centers. Twenty-three of them were true centers, while six of them went to players who were both centers and power forwards.
The last true center to bring home the award was Shaquille O’Neal after the 1999-2000 season.
Candi Whitaker is frustrated.
“When you are part of a program like this one and you were here when it was thriving and the expectations on it were extremely high,” the Texas Tech women’s basketball coach said, “to come back when it is not that has been a big adjustment and a frustration for me. (I want) to get the message out about what this program can be.”
Tubby Smith is aiming for the same thing.
He even fell off a motorcycle to prove it.
Texas Tech struggled with perimeter defense in its first exhibition game, a win over Southeastern Oklahoma State 79-67. The Savage Storm was 11-of-34 from deep for 32.4 percent.
Coach Tubby Smith helped his squad improve its perimeter defense a season ago, and he’ll do it again this year.
Last year, Texas Tech struggled defending the three early on in the season, allowing opponents to shoot 36.5 percent in the nonconference. Six teams shot over 40 percent from deep against Tech.
Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith was pleased with finally having film to show his players he knows what he’s talking about.
In their first exhibition game of the season, Texas Tech pulled out a 79-67 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Monday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
“We got a chance to play against a team in a game-like condition was just what we needed,” Smith said. “It was a good start, a good test. Now we have something to evaluate.”
Five of the Red Raider newcomers saw the court against the Savage Storm, and all of them scored.
There were eight lead changes in Texas Tech’s exhibition win 79-67 over Southeastern Oklahoma State Monday night.
Six of those changes took place in the second half. For almost three minutes, the score was either tied or the Savage Storm held the advantage.
It was just a game of back and forth basketball until junior guard Devaugntah Williams got the basketball out in transition and dunked it.
Shortly after, it was senior point guard Robert Turner’s turn.
Junior Janine Beckie was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year on Monday.
She is the first Red Raider in program history to receive the honor after leading the league in points (29), goals (13) and shot attempts (103).
Beckie is joined by seniors Jaelene Hinkle and Paige Strahan, along with junior Hannah Devine, sophomore Lauren Watson and freshman Cassie Conarty.
The total six selections marked the third-straight season where Texas tech had at least five honorees.