Candi Whitaker just started her new job as Texas Tech women’s basketball coach, so she hasn’t had long to look at the players she inherited.
She sure likes what she sees from junior guard Amber Battle.
Battle recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Tech defeated UT-Pan American 70-48 Sunday in the Lady Raiders’ regular-season opener at United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech women’s basketball head coach Candi Whitaker prefers an up-tempo game.
Luckily for Whitaker, the Lady Raider roster demands it.
With eight guards and three forwards, running a typical three-guard, two-forward set doesn’t play to her team’s strengths.
Instead, Whitaker is choosing to go with a four-guard set with one forward, who will be set up anywhere from the free throw line to the top of the key — known as the high post.
A lone national championship banner hangs in the rafters of United Spirit Arena from the women’s basketball title in 1993.
Head coach Candi Whitaker is responsible for a pair of banners hanging along the sideline from Sweet 16 appearances.
It seems only fitting that the start of the Whitaker era is pointing back to the rich tradition of the Lady Raider program.
The loss of talented players throughout the Big 12 opens things up for several teams hoping to win the conference title.
A-J Media presents its forecast of how things could shake out this season.
Senior point guard Odyssey Sims is the only person returning with valuable experience for the Bears, but her leadership paired with the talent around her will do enough to land the Big 12 title for the fourth straight year.
Player of the Year
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
The All-American returns for her final season as the floor general for the Lady Bears. With more youth than experience on the court for this year’s squad, Sims’s leadership is just as important as her talent.
Newcomer of the Year
Jadda Buckley, Iowa State
It’s different when a program hires one of its own.
Especially when that person left her mark on Texas Tech basketball history.
Candi Whitaker returns to Tech after a successful playing career (2000-02), leading the team to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.
“She was terrific,” former head coach Marsha Sharp said of Whitaker. “She brought a toughness to our team, a focus that we probably didn’t get from any other player on the floor at that time.”
The Texas Tech women’s basketball team hit a dozen 3-point shots in its 73-51 win over Angelo State Monday night.
“Shot the ball well from behind the arc,” head coach Candi Whitaker said. “That surprised me a little bit. I think we shot it from three better than I anticipated.”
Freshman guard Minta Spears led the Lady Raiders with 20 points, hitting six shots from downtown.
“She has the green light, if you haven’t noticed,” Whitaker said.