LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech women’s basketball will host Grambling State at 2 p.m., Saturday in the team’s final home game for November.
Tech (2-1) returns to United Spirit Arena after six days off following its first loss of the season – 85-77 to Arizona State. Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said she likes what her team has been working on since the loss.
“We really wanted to work on ourselves more than anything,” Whitaker said. “When you have more time to prepare for the next game, you try to take advantage of that and clean some stuff up. We did a lot of that and worked on a lot of transition defense and other things we saw in the Arizona State game defensively.”
Grambling (2-3) takes on its third Big 12 Conference opponent this season. The Lady Tigers lost their opener to No. 9 Baylor, 110-55, and then lost at TCU on Nov. 18, 95-64. Grambling comes into Saturday’s game allowing 80.8 points per game.
That has junior guard Amber Battle hoping she and the rest of the Lady Raiders can capitalize on more offensive opportunities and make the defensive stops to keep Grambling from taking another win away at the USA.
“We really lacked that transition defense,” Battle said. “So we came out and worked hard on that. We have that fire in us now that we don’t want to lose another one on our home court. So it’s important that we come out and finish strong and be aggressive.”
Battle has been one of the most aggressive players in the Big 12 Conference this season. The 5-foot-9 guard moved back into the lead as the league’s leading rebounder (11 per game) and has scored in double digits in all three games this season. She scored 10 of her 15 points and had all eight rebounds in the second half of Sunday’s loss after two quick fouls kept her from playing more than six minutes in the first half.
Senior forward Shauntal Nobles also has experienced difficulty in keeping out of foul trouble after playing only eight minutes before fouling out against New Mexico on Nov. 13. She came back to play 30 minutes on Sunday – the most for her in more than a year – while scoring eight points and eight rebounds.
“I use my arms a lot because I always want to try to get that good look,” Nobles said. “But it’s more than that. It’s about focusing and being better with my lower body and making sure I can stay in the game for my team.”