COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Reaching the midway point through the Big 12 Conference season, the 23rd-ranked Texas A&M women’s basketball team (15-6, 3-4) has strung together back-to-back league victories against Kansas and Missouri to add a boost of confidence to the defending Big 12 champions. Nine games remain, but the final stretch gets even tougher with Big 12 South opponents lined up in the foyer. The Aggies travel to Texas Tech (14-6, 2-4) for a Saturday, Feb. 2 shootout with the Lady Raiders at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Texas Tech men host Oklahoma State prior to the nightcap. Five of A&M’s first seven games of conference play have come against the likes of the Big 12 North with just two January meetings versus its Southern counterparts. The Aggies are looking to make a fresh start in February after going 4-4 last month. It will be a challenge as playing in Lubbock has always presented difficulties for the Aggies with a 2-26 lifetime road block at Tech. However, A&M’s signature defensive swagger has returned and has forced its last two opponents to commit an average of 25.0 turnovers per game. The Aggie defense has also limited opponents to 56.1 points per game which is third-best in the Big 12 and a league-leading 24.5 percentage from beyond the three-point arc.
SCOUTING THE LADY RAIDERS
Texas Tech enjoyed a bye week and has won two of its last four league games including a 62-44 win over Colorado on Jan. 26. Post players Dominic Seals (14.4 ppg) and Erin Myrick (11.1 ppg) are a lethal one-two combination for the Lady Raiders. They account for 36 percent of the team’s overall scoring and 33 percent of the team’s overall rebounding this season. Tech leads the Big 12 in rebounding (46.0) and has outrebounded opponents by an average margin of 9.7 boards per game which ranks ninth nationally and third-best in the league. The Lady Raiders have defeated two top 25 opponents this season in No. 18 Arizona State (73-69) on Dec. 13 and No. 24 Texas (70-58) on Jan. 20, but are 2-3 overall with losses to No. 8 Baylor, No. 25 Arkansas and No. 11 Oklahoma. They have compiled a 10-2 mark at United Spirit Arena with home losses to Houston and BU. The Lady Raiders currently rank fifth in the nation in attendance with an average of 8,790 fans per game.