TCU didn’t come into the Big 12 Conference to give each team a pair of guaranteed wins each season.
So even though the Horned Frogs are winless in their new league, Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry knows the purple-clad newcomers will get someone eventually.
When the Lady Raiders host their former Southwest Conference rivals at noon today, they hope to avoid becoming TCU’s first victim in its new conference.
“We have to stay composed and play them tough like it’s playing Baylor or the No. 1 team in the nation of whoever it is,” Tech guard Casey Morris said.
“We have to play them like we do every night. You can’t lay down and take anybody for granted in the Big 12. They’re in the Big 12 just like everyone else is, so they’re just as good.”
TCU (7-10, 0-6 in Big 12) represents the perfect trap game for the Lady Raiders (15-4, 5-2), especially with No. 1 Baylor strolling into town on Wednesday night.
The Lady Raiders, who are 37-1 all time against TCU, enter Sunday’s game with a full head of steam, notching wins in their last three games. Tech’s 5-2 record through seven conference games is its best start since 2004-2005.
With five seniors, though, Tech is staying grounded and not looking past TCU.
“We just focus on what game we have at that moment,” said Tech senior Chynna Brown, who averages just over 15 points per game in Big 12 play. “We don’t look ahead or nothing like that. We just mainly focus on personnel and what we need to do to defend our opponent, whoever we have playing.”
Although TCU has struggled to close out games and notch a ‘W,’ the Frogs have lost six of their league games by under 10 points.
TCU lost to Kansas State on a layup as the buzzer sounded.
Closing out games down the stretch has been one of TCU’s weak points. Tech, meanwhile, has won five of its games by less than 10 points, showing it can win in the closing moments.
“I think the first thing on the scout(ing report) said they’ve lost by one, three, six and eight,” Curry said. “So their record is not an indicator of how talented and how good that they are. You look at their perimeter strengths and how well they shoot the 3 and (Latricia) Lovings inside is leading the Big 12 in rebounding, so they’re definitely a very good team.”
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