The Lady Raiders fell to last place in the Big 12 after losing 72-65 to Kansas State on Tuesday at…
Lady Raiders Host Kansas State
When: 7 p.m. (CT) Tuesday
Where: United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: 97.3 YES! FM
The matchup: It may be the final shot for Texas Tech to pick up an early win and it is their best shot. For the Kansas State Wildcats, it would really help their spirits to get a road win. Both teams are 0-4 and the loser will be lonesome in the cellar until they can scratch up at least one victory. Both teams are extremely young with a combined six seniors listed on the two rosters. The Lady Raiders and Wildcats combine for double digit freshman.
Both teams struggle in the paint which is where the key matchup will take place in this game. The Wildcats finally won the points in the paint battle against Oklahoma, but earlier had been outscored 50-14 against Texas. Kansas State still has yet to win the battle of the boards in conference play.
Meanwhile, Tech has been close to their opponents when it comes to points in the paint. The Red Raiders have the definite height advantage with only one impact player for the Wildcats hitting the six-foot mark. The Red Raiders have three post players who have at least two inches on the Wildcats senior forward Katya Leick, also Kansas State's tallest impact player.
Texas Tech player to watch: Tech needs to find a presence in the paint. With the three-point shooting turning sour, the Lady Raiders need to get the ball down low for easy buckets. This is the perfect game for senior Shauntal Nobles to crash the boards, score second chance points and get to the charity stripe. Both of the Wildcats tallest players average fewer than 10 minutes a game in conference play and the tallest probable starter is 6-foot-1. Nobles will have a clear height advantage, which presents a golden opportunity to control the basket.
Kansas State player to watch: Freshman guard Leticia Romero has stepped into the leadership role and taken matters into her own hands. Since the start of conference play, Romero leads the team in almost all categories and the ones she doesn't lead, she's one of the top contributors in. Romero doesn't just lead the Wildcats in rebounds, but is outrebounding the next in line, forward Katya Leick, by 10 boards. Romero is averaging 15.5 points per game in conference.
Notable: Each team features a freshman guard from Spain and both of them are impact players. Tech's Marina Lizarazu hails from Madrid, while Kansas State's Leticia Romero is a native of Las Palmas.
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