LeeLee Grant has said it is time to play “grown woman” basketball.
To her that is her new life in playing for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders in the Big 12 conference.
“It is all new to me because I was in JUCO and to come here – the best league and play like a grown woman and play grown woman basketball has made me develop these last four games,” Grant said. “We are going to be successful this season and take it game by game.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Candi Whitaker leaned back in her chair and stared at the ceiling of the West Virginia University Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Texas Tech women’s basketball coach had just watched her team commit a turnover that led to a West Virginia fast-break layup. Whitaker’s Lady Raiders trailed by 20 points, 49-29, late in the third quarter.
The frustration level was boiling over.
It was that kind of night for Tech (9-6), which fell to 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference with a 79-57 loss before a crowd of 2,471.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: TEXAS TECH AT WEST VIRGINIA
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY AT MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA
Looking for a repeat
Texas Tech just matched up well with West Virginia last season.
It won both regular season meetings, winning on the road 55-45 and then at home 73-57.
Both times, Amber Battle went off. The former Tech star had 53 combined points in those two wins. And the road win was the first for Lady Raiders since beating Kansas, 72-70, on Feb. 24, 2013.
Karli Wheeler wasn’t sure how many of her friends and her family made the 45-minute drive to watch her play.
But, the Oklahoma State freshman guard and former Plainview star put on a show anyway.
Wheeler, last year’s LoneStarVarsity.com player of the year, scored 19 points — all in the second half — as the Cowgirls defeated Texas Tech 69-46 Wednesday at United Supermarkets Arena.
AUSTIN — Imani Boyette had 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and No. 5 Texas beat Texas Tech 86-62 on Saturday night to remain undefeated.
Kelsey Lang added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns (13-0, 2-0 Big 12). Empress Davenport scored 14 points, Ariel Atkins had 11, and Brianna Taylor grabbed 10 rebounds.
Freshman Japreece Dean led Texas Tech (9-4, 0-2) with 21 points.
Boyette has been the big star as the Longhorns won their first two Big 12 games. She had15 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the opener at West Virginia on Wednesday night.
With a tie game and 7:21 left in the game, TCU went to a full court press, and wherever the ball went, two Horned Frogs were there to trap.
And the Lady Raiders struggled.
Until that mark, Texas Tech had committed seven turnovers, and TCU hadn’t scored off any of them.
But three quick turnovers off that press led to three straight layups for the Horned Frogs, a lead and all the momentum as TCU fought back from a 15-point deficit to take a 78-69 victory Wednesday evening at United Supermarkets Arena.
TEXAS TECH VS.TCU, 6:30 P.M., LUBBOCK
Lady Raiders lately
Texas Tech (9-2) is coming off a 84-40 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Lady Raiders were led by sophomore transfer Brielle Blaire, who struck for a career-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting, including 2-4 from long range.
Blaire was one of four Lady Raiders (Rayven Brooks, Japreece Dean and Dayo Olabode) to score in double figures.
Tech comes into Big 12 play on a three-game winning streak overall, and with a spotless 8-0 record at home.