Women’s basketball looks to even Texas Tech series

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    TCU will look to avenge an 11 point loss from Jan. 27 when Texas Tech visits Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for the first time since 1999.

    The Lady Raiders (17-6 overall, 7-4 Big 12) defeated the Horned Frogs (7-14, 0-10) by a final count of 53-42 at the United Spirit Arena. The Tech offense was carried by Chynna Brown, who finished with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. 

    TCU was led offensively by Donielle Breaux, Zahna Medley and Natalie Ventress, who together combined for 26 points. Although she only tallied eight points in the contest, Ventress has been heating up lately. 

    Ventress has averaged 20 points per game over the last two contests against Texas and Oklahoma State, including a game-high 24 points in a losing effort at Stillwater Wednesday. She shot 8-14 from the field, including six 3-pointers.

    The sophomore, who was in a bit of a scoring slump at the beginning of conference play, said she could not afford to get discouraged and has put in extra work at the gym to regain her shot.

    "I have more confidence now that my shots are going in," Ventress said after Thursday's practice. "My teammates tell me, 'Keep shooting Noonie,' and that's what I've been doing."

    The Frogs will also be hoping for a strong defensive presence from center Latricia Lovings, who posted a career-high nine blocks in the Jan. 27 matchup to go along with six points and seven rebounds.

    The teams will meet for the 40th time in program history with the Lady Raiders leading the all-time series 38-1. TCU's only win against Tech came in 2008 at the Women's NIT.

    The game against Texas Tech is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. It will be the second game of the day for university basketball with the men's squad hosting West Virginia at 3 p.m.