MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will tip off with first time opponent Texas Tech on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (11-6, 3-3 Big 12) went 1-1 last week with a 58-50 win over TCU at home and a 76-58 loss at No. 1/1 Baylor. The Lady Raiders (14-4, 4-2 Big 12) are 4-2 in the Big 12 Conference with wins over Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas and Kansas and losses to Iowa State and Oklahoma.
Texas Tech is coming off a 70-63 win over No. 23-ranked Kansas at home on Saturday. Senior guards Chynna Brown and Casey Morris combined for just over half of Texas Tech’s point total against Kansas with 36 points.
Texas Tech has three players averaging scoring numbers in double figures, led by Morris with 12.4 points per game, followed by Brown and Kelsi Baker with 10.8 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. In only conference games, Brown stands out as the scoring leader with 15.0 points per game against Big 12 teams. Morris adds in 12.7 and Baker chips in 9.0 points per game in Big 12 only games.
In only Big 12 games, Texas Tech passed West Virginia this week in its scoring defense, and is now ranked No. 2, holding opponents to 59.0 points per game, while WVU is ranked No. 3 with 59.7 points per game. As a team, the Lady Raiders hold the fourth-highest 3-point field goal percentage (35.8%), right behind West Virginia’s 35.9 percent in all Big 12 games this season.
A large part of Texas Tech’s 3-point percentage in conference games is due to Morris and Brown, who have recorded 12 and 10 3-point field goals, respectively.
As a team, the Lady Raiders match WVU with 10.0 steals per game in league only games, the league-leading average. Brown leads the team in steals with 15 and is followed by Baker with 10 and Morris and Monique Smalls with eight apiece in league only games.
Junior guard Christal Caldwell has led the Mountaineers in scoring in the last three games and is currently the season’s scoring leader with 12.9 points per game. Fellow guard Taylor Palmer averages 12.2 points per game, however leads WVU in scoring in conference games with a scoring average of 16.7. Senior Ayana Dunning was limited in the game at Baylor, however rounds out the top-three WVU scorers with 10.2 points per game this season.
Dunning also remains WVU’s leading rebounder with 6.4 rebounds a game. In the last outing, sophomore Crystal Leary led WVU on the boards as she matched a career-high 11 rebounds at Baylor. Leary is the second-leading rebounder this season, averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.
A large part of WVU’s team-high 16 steals last game came from Caldwell’s career-best five steals. Caldwell also is this season’s steals leader with 24; however, Palmer has recorded 23 steals, while three others have 20-plus steals to their name.
Tickets are on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office at WVUGAME.com and 1-800-WVU GAME. The women’s basketball flex plan package is also on sale for just $20. The flex plan package includes 10 tickets to redeem at the game of your choice.
Fans can listen to the game live on WAJR with Travis Jones on the call. A live video stream, live stats and a recap of the game can be found at WVUsports.com.