MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will travel to Lubbock, Texas for an 8 p.m., tipoff with Texas Tech on Wednesday.
Currently in a tie for third place with Iowa State in the Big 12 standings, Texas Tech enters Wednesday’s game with a 16-6 overall record and a 6-4 Big 12 record. Texas Tech is currently 11-2 when playing on its home court, only falling to Iowa State and Baylor.
The Mountaineers are currently 13-8 overall and 5-5 in Big 12 play. WVU enters Wednesday’s game on a two-game win streak, defeating a pair of ranked opponents in No. 19/19 Oklahoma State and No. 21/20 Oklahoma. The Lady Raiders are on a two-game losing skid after falling 90-60 to Baylor on Jan. 30, and suffering a 67-52 loss at Iowa State this past Saturday.
Senior Chynna Brown leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with 11.9 points per game and rebounding with 5.5 boards per game. Brown averages 15.7 points per league contest, the fourth-highest scoring average just in front of WVU’s Christal Caldwell
, who averages 15.6 points per Big 12 game. Brown holds the team’s highest field goal percentage (45.2%) on 108-of-239 shooting and also the team’s highest 3-point field goal percentage (40%) with 28-of-70 threes made this season.
Behind Brown, senior Casey Morris averages 11.6 points per game and 10.8 in league games. Morris has collected the most threes for the Lady Raiders this season with 46 on 35.4 percent shooting. Morris also helps Texas Tech force turnovers as she has recorded a team-leading 47 steals, while Brown and Monique Smalls have grabbed 42 steals each.
Kelsi Baker rounds out the top three scorers with 10.2 points per game and 9.6 points per Big 12 game. Senior Christine Hyde is the Lady Raiders’ second-leading rebounder with 5.4 boards per game and leads the team in free throw shooting, converting 88.2 percent (30-34) in Big 12 games, the fourth-highest percentage in league play.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series 1-0 after defeating the Mountaineers 77-73 in overtime at the WVU Coliseum on Jan. 22, 2013. The Mountaineers led by as many as 11 points in the first half of that game and held a 38-29 lead at halftime, until Texas Tech came out shooting and went on a 14-3 scoring run. Tied at 69 at the end of regulation, the Lady Raiders used 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line and a single field goal to take the final lead.
Coming off back-to-back 20-point outings, Caldwell continues to lead WVU in scoring and has led in five of the last seven games. Behind Caldwell, Taylor Palmer
averages 11.4 points per league outing, but has been in a scoring slump, limited to single-digit scoring the last four games. Ayana Dunning
rounds out the top three scorers in Big 12 play with 8.9 points per game.
Wednesday’s game is the second Play 4 Kay game WVU will participate in this season as its last outing at home against Oklahoma was also a Play 4 Kay game to help with breast cancer awareness.
The game will be broadcast live nationally by FOX College Sports and will air tape delayed on Root Sports Pittsburgh, starting at 10 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live on WAJR. Live stats and a recap of the game can be found at WVUsports.com.