LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech women’s basketball returns to the court on Wednesday when the Lady Raiders take on No. 10 West Virginia at 6 p.m. CT at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
Tech (6-20, 0-15 Big 12) was 1.5 seconds away from winning its first conference game of the season on Sunday vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State after Amber Battle’s 3-point play with seven seconds to go gave the Lady Raiders a 62-61 advantage. But the next 5.5 seconds left just enough time for OSU guard Tiffany Bias to run down the court and seal a one-point win with her layup.
“Personally, I watched (the ending) about 30 times that night,” Battle said. “But you know, we just have to learn from it and grow from it and move on to the next game.”
Battle scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season while redshirt freshman Ivonne CookTaylor chipped in 14 points in her third career start.
West Virginia (24-3, 13-2) used its constant pressure on defense to force seven turnovers in the first half and jump out to a 10-point lead while Tech hit just 26 percent from the floor. The Mountaineers would pull away with a 70-51 win but things could be different this time.
Minta Spears tied a career high five rebounds to go with nine points and said there were plenty of things Tech can take from its last game into Wednesday night’s contest in Morgantown and from the first time the two teams faced off.
Tech has played each of the six Big 12 teams its has faced twice already this season significantly better in the second game than the first. The average margin of victory for Big 12 opponents against Tech the second time around is 14 points less than the first game (+23.3 to +9.3). Oklahoma State won by 26 in Stillwater in January but barely escaped with a 1-point win on Sunday while Iowa State needed an overtime period the second time.
And the Lady Raiders have won before at WVU Coliseum. Tech won 77-73 in overtime last season in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
“I think we have to guard (West Virginia) better than the last time and keep being aggressive,” Spears said. “The second time we’ve played each Big 12 team – it’s been better. We just need to make the right adjustments and play better as a team.”
The live radio broadcast of the game with Ryan Hyatt will be streamed online at www.TexasTech.com.
The Lady Raiders will return to United Spirit Arena on Saturday for its senior day celebration at 2 p.m. vs. Texas.
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