LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Tech women’s basketball team returns to the court following an 11-day break to play their final road contest of the non-conference portion of their season as the Lady Raiders take on Arizona at 1 p.m. CST Sunday.
The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. It will be the only true road test of the season so far for Tech, who played two neutral site games over Thanksgiving against Michigan and Rutgers. This will be only the second meeting between the two programs and first in nearly 34 years. Tech won the only meeting, 98-65, on Dec. 22, 1979.
Arizona (1-7) is trying to stop a five-game skid that includes two home losses against SFA and Wake Forest. The Wildcats’ last win came on Nov. 16 at UC-Santa Barbara.
Tech (4-3) is looking to improve after edging out Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 58-50, on Dec. 4 following two losses in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Barclays Center Women’s Invitational.
The one constant during Tech’s first seven games has been the emergence of junior guard Amber Battle. Heading into the weekend she remains the only Big 12 Conference player averaging a double-double with 17.1 points and a league-leading 10.7 rebounds per game.
She is tied for the most doubled-doubles this season (three) in the Big 12 with Kansas’ Chelsea Gardner and Texas’ Nneka Enemkpali. Battle leads all players in defensive rebounds with 8.0 per game.
Battle’s pace through seven games is one of the best in the last 10 years at Texas Tech. Battle is ahead of LaToya Davis’ pace for rebounds per game through her first seven games in 2005-06 and trails her points per game mark by only two. Davis was the last Lady Raider to average a double-double for an entire season in 2005-06 (19.3 points, 10.3 rebounds per game).
Tech will return home next week to host the World Vision Invitational, Jan. 20-22 at United Spirit Arena. Tech will face Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic and Abilene Christian. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.texastech.com/tickets or by calling (806) 742-8324.