WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
TEXAS TECH VS. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
2 P.M. SUNDAY AT UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
End of non-conference
Texas Tech (8-2) is coming off a 70-55 win over Grambling State. Japreece Dean led the way with 20 points, and Leashja Grant had her second-straight 18-point game. Now, the Lady Raiders have one last game before it begins Big 12 play. Texas Tech hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday at 2 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena. Big 12 play begins on Dec. 30 for the Lady Raiders, when they will take on TCU.
For the second time this week, Texas Tech won by 15 points.
But, Lady Raiders coach Candi Whitaker wasn’t happy with either performance.
Texas Tech once again had to shake off a sluggish start as it eventually routed Grambling State 70–55 — the same score Tech defeated Incarnate Word by earlier this week — Friday at United Supermarkets Arena.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: TEXAS TECH VS. GRAMBLING STATE
6:30 P.M. FRIDAY AT UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Candi Whitaker wasn’t happy after Texas Tech’s 15-point win over Incarnate Word on Monday. And the players know it.
“We have been really focused on playing hard and our defense and guarding the ball (sense the last win),” freshman point guard Japeece Dean said.
Candi Whitaker let out a deep sigh before she spoke.
“I care mostly about winning every game, but I also care how we play,” the Texas Tech women’s basketball coach said finally. “And the energy we play with and the execution and that we are playing the way things are taught and I definitely did not see that tonight.”
Whitaker didn’t see what she wanted, but Texas Tech overcame that sluggish start and put together an offensive burst in the fourth quarter to defeat Incarnate Word 70-55 on Monday at United Supermarkets Arena.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara hadn’t beaten two teams from power-five conferences in the same season in 15 years.
On Saturday, the Broncos pulled it off again over Texas Tech’s objections.
Lori Parkinson scored 20 points and Savanna Hanson 19 as Santa Clara beat Tech 75-70 in a matchup of women’s basketball teams off to hot starts. The Broncos led from start to finish and held on after Japreece Dean’s 3-point goal pulled Tech (6-2) within 74-70 late.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL, TEXAS TECH VS. SANTA CLARA
4 P.M. SATURDAY, SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA
It is about an hour drive away.
But for Texas Tech guards Ivonne CookTaylor and Rayven Brooks it will be like going home for the holidays — just a little bit early.
CookTaylor is a native of San Francisco, whole Brooks is from Oakland.
Both will have friends and family present as the Lady Raiders take on Santa Clara on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Japreece Dean was one of the most highly touted point guards in the nation coming out of Cedar Park Vista Ridge High School.
The Texas Tech freshman showed why Wednesday.
Dean scored 23 points and the Lady Raiders got off to a large-lead early as they dispatched Idaho 78-62 at United Supermarkets Arena.
It’s all about potential.
Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker and her staff brought three high-profile transfers to Lubbock, and signed two more highly ought after recruits in the last year.
And while the wins have not piled up, yet, Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt and university administrators rewarded her for her rebuilding efforts Tuesday by signing her to a contract extension through 2020.