Texas Tech women’s basketball will lace up their pink Under Armor shoes and take the court for its Play for Kay game at 2 p.m today in United Spirit Arena.
“There are five dollar tickets for anyone who wears pink to the game,” head coach Candi Whitaker said. “Our staff will be in pink. Our players will be in pink. We want to gain awareness to breast cancer and help raise money for a cure.”
Redshirt freshman Minta Spears didn’t get to don the pink last year due to injury so she’s excited about taking part.
“It’ll be nice to get to wear pink and everything on Sunday,” Spears said. “It’s for a great cause and it’s so cool to see how almost every school across the nation competes in a pink game.”
The Lady Raiders will face off against No. 12 Oklahoma State.
In the first meeting between these two teams this season, Texas Tech put together one of its best first halves of the season, leading Oklahoma State most of the way before trailing by only five entering half time.
The second half, however, was a different story as an early Cowgirl run knocked the air out of the Lady Raiders.
“I feel like we played with them for a half,” Spears said. “Even in the first half, we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well. Knowing that we played with them and still didn’t play our best basketball, we just need to have confidence going into Sunday.”
Whitaker also saw some positives from that game along with some defensive mistakes.
“I thought we did a great job taking care of the basketball, executing, getting some good looks,” Whitaker said. “We played good defense at times. When you go back and watch that game, I thought we made some poor decisions defensively just on routes of guarding certain individuals on that team. … I thought we showed at times that we could play with them.”
Like the Lady Raiders, Oklahoma State only has one player scoring in double figures in Big 12 play – Tiffany Bias with 15.3.
For the season as a whole, however, Brittney Martin and Liz Donohoe join Bias with 12 and 11.4 points per game respectively.
Amber Battle remains the main offensive threat for Texas Tech, averaging 17.2 points per game.
In Tech’s last game, Battle was held to only one field goal for five points.
Spears holds the spot of No. 2 scorer on the stat sheet with 7.4 points per contest followed by Ivonne CookTaylor with 6.0.
Spears is coming off back-to-back games with 14 points.
Defensively, Haley Schneider has come alive for Texas Tech in conference play, averaging 1.9 blocks per game.
She is currently on a nine-game streak with a blocked shot.
While a goose egg still sits in the Big 12 win column for Tech, Whitaker knows her team is getting better.
“I go back and look at the Oklahoma State film and we’re better than we were when we played at their place,” she said. “I’m glad we’re making progress. Clearly, we want to see some results in the win column, but we’re going to keep battling and working for the next opportunity to get a win.”
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Side by side
59.5 Scoring 72.5
69.0 Opponent Scoring 58.2
37.2 Field Goal Pct. 42.7
27.6 3-Point Pct. 32.8
72.3 Free Throw Pct. 68.8
35.8 Rebounds 43.8
10.7 Assists 14.6
16.1 Turnovers 14.6
6.0 Steals 9.5
3.4 Blocks 3.0
Who: Texas Tech vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State
When: 2 p.m. today
Where: United Spirit Arena
Records: Tech 6-19 overall, 0-14 in Big 12; OSU 20-5 overall, 9-5 in Big 12
Last Meeting: OSU 82, Tech 56 on Jan. 18, 2014
TV: FOX Sports Net
Radio: 97.3 FM
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