Kristy Curry and the Texas Tech women’s basketball team landed their third in-state commitment Monday.
Shunta Nevitt, a 6-foot-1 forward out of Spring Dekaney High School, orally committed to join Curry’s 2012 class.
Nevitt was named the District 13-5A defensive player of the year after helping lead the Wildcats to a 32-5 record and the second round of the playoffs. She averaged 9.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds.
“I think it’ll be a challenge for me,” Nevitt said. “I can handle it. I have the competitiveness to be in the Big 12 so I’m excited for it.”
Nevitt plays a power forward role at Dekaney, but Wildcats coach Stacey Stroman said she would likely be more suited to play small forward at the next level.
Stroman pointed to Nevitt’s defense and work ethic as her strongest qualities.
“She’s very mobile up top,” Stroman said. “And her being a tall 6-foot-1 girl that can shoot the three is also a benefit for us.”
Nevitt said she also received offers from Houston, Texas-Arlington, Texas-El Paso and Louisiana-Lafayette.
“I was following the team last year, and I know they’re a great program,” Nevitt said. “And they’re a pretty good academic school. I want to be a physical therapist, and I felt like it was the right place for me to do that.”
Nevitt joins Monterey post player Kellyn Schneider and Bullard guard Minta Spears in Tech’s 2012 class. The Lady Raiders have one open scholarship remaining for 2012.
An oral commitment is non-binding until a player signs a national letter of intent.
Conference schedule released Tuesday
The Big 12 Conference released its women’s basketball schedule for the 2011-12 season.
All teams will play a double round robin schedule following the departures of Colorado and Nebraska from the conference.
Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry said she prefers the format, which was similar to the schedule she played as head coach at Purdue in the Big Ten.
“It gives you a true conference champion,” Curry said. “It doesn’t give the north an advantage over the south or the south an advantage over the north.”
Texas Tech will open league play at home on Jan. 4 against Oklahoma State, followed by road trips to Missouri and Oklahoma.
The Lady Raiders host Baylor on Jan. 18 and travel to Waco on Feb. 18. Tech hosts Texas on Jan. 28 and visits Austin on Feb. 15.
Texas Tech closes out the regular season March 3 at home against Kansas State, and the Big 12 tournament begins March 7.
The Lady Raiders are coming off their best season under Curry, finishing 22-11 and taking sixth place in the Big 12 with an 8-8 record.
Tech opens the regular season Nov. 11 at home against New Mexico.
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2011-12 TEXAS TECH
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(All game times TBA)
Date Opponent Location
Nov. 2 Angelo State (exh.) San Angelo
Nov. 6 Metro State (exhibition) Lubbock
Nov. 11 New Mexico Lubbock
Nov. 16 Houston Houston
Nov. 25 Missouri-Kansas City Lubbock
Nov. 26 Central Arkansas Lubbock
Nov. 27 Louisiana-Monroe Lubbock
Nov. 30 Texas State Lubbock
Dec. 3 Penn State Lubbock
Dec. 7 Texas-Arlington Lubbock
Dec. 17 Illinois Chicago
Dec. 21 Western Kentucky Lubbock
Dec. 29 CSU Bakersfield San Diego, Calif.
Dec. 30 San Diego San Diego, Calif.
Jan. 4 Oklahoma State Lubbock
Jan. 7 Missouri Columbia, Mo.
Jan. 11 Oklahoma Norman, Okla.
Jan. 14 Kansas State Lubbock
Jan. 18 Baylor Lubbock
Jan. 21 Iowa State Ames, Iowa
Jan. 25 Kansas Lawrence, Kan.
Jan. 28 Texas Lubbock
Feb. 1 Texas A&M Lubbock
Feb. 4 Missouri Lubbock
Feb. 8 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.
Feb. 12 Iowa State Lubbock
Feb. 15 Texas Austin
Feb. 18 Baylor Waco
Feb. 21 Kansas Lubbock
Feb. 25 Texas A&M College Station
Feb. 29 Oklahoma Lubbock
Mar. 3 Kansas State Manhattan, Kan.
Mar. 7-10 Big 12 tournament Kansas City