Texas Tech women’s basketball returns to Lubbock after two straight losses in the Barclays Center Invitational to Michigan and Rutgers last week.
“As far as on the floor, we definitely learned a lot about our team,” associate head coach Matt Corkery said. “Our players playing that level of competition against Michigan and Rutgers, they found out what a big time BCS level opponent is about. I think we can walk away with a lot of great lessons and hopefully build on that moving forward.”
The Lady Raiders, now 3-3, host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-3) tonight at 7 p.m. in United Spirit Arena.
The Lady Lions don’t have a single player averaging in double figures, but sophomore guard Cassidy Wright gets the most playing time on the court with 30 minutes per game and leads the team with eight points per game.
Despite the low scoring numbers across the board, Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a team with depth that is strong down low.
“Who knows who’s going to be in the starting lineup,” Corkery said of Pine Bluff. “They have a lot of quality players, a lot of good players. I think their strength is in the interior. They’re strong in the paint. They have a lot of beef. They’ve got some kids who can really take up a lot of space and take it to the basket. They have some kids shooting a great percentage from the floor. Our challenge is to not let those guys catch it where they want to catch it, disrupt their spacing and timing. They’re definitely a team we have to be at our best to play against.”
Junior guard Amber Battle continues to lead the Lady Raiders in scoring with 17.2 points per game followed by freshman guard Minta Spears with 13.
As a whole, after accumulating 21 turnovers in two games in Brookyn has been a point of emphasis this week in practice for Texas Tech.
“The coaches have really let us know about our turnovers,” Spears said. “We were down to Rutgers by six or 10 points the entire game and had 21 turnovers. In a game like that, especially against a good Rutgers team, that’s going to be hard to come back and win. They’re really just telling us to take care of the ball and make good decisions.”
Ultimately, the Lady Raiders are ready to get the losing taste out of their mouths.
“We’ve lost two games in a row,” Spears said. “We’re looking to get a win here (today.)”