Illinois Women’s Basketball: Texas Tech Game Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to Lubbock, Texas to play the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. In their last game, the Illini lost to undefeated Colorado. They will look to bounce back against Texas Tech.

This game against the Lady Raiders will be Illinois first true road game this season. This will be their fourth game in 11 days.

Texas Tech is a member of the Big 12 conference. They finished ninth in the conference last year with a 6-12 conference record. Currently, the Lady Raiders are 6-1 this season.

The Lady Raiders are getting it done on defense so far this season. They are holding opponents to 49.6 points per game and 37.8 percent shooting. Also, they are averaging 14.0 steals per game and a +10.1 turnover margin. Texas Tech has five players with double-digit steals which includes: Chynna Brown (15), Christine Hyde (14), Amber Battle (11), Casey Morris (23), and Monique Smalls (18).

On offensive, Texas Tech has three players who are averaging double-digit points this season. Morris leads the team with 12.9 points per game. However, Hyde is averaging 12.0 points per game and Kelsi Baker is averaging 10.1 points per game.

In their last game against Lamar, Hyde led the team with 25 points and the Lady Raiders recorded 13 steals.

The Illini last met the Lady Raiders on December 17th, 2011. The game was played at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Texas Tech beat the Illini, but it was not easy.Amber Moore nailed two 3-pointers to pull Illinois within four points, but they lost 70-64.

This will be the Illini’s toughest game so far this season. Illinois has a pretty good offense. They are averaging 76.1 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten and ranked 24th in the country. The Illini will need to keep up this offense power and not turn over the ball, but their defense will need to step up as well.

The Lady Raiders do not shoot well from beyond the arc. This season, Texas Tech has only hit 33-of-113 (.292) three-pointers. Illinois will need to keep the Lady Raider from getting to the basket and force them to take long shots if they want to win.

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