Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament Texas Tech vs. Baylor Preview

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Here is everything you need to know about Texas Tech and Baylor in our Lady Raiders vs. Bears Big 12 Tournament women’s basketball second-round preview.

Game 3: No. 12 Texas Tech (17-15) vs. No. 5 Baylor (23-6, 12-6)

Time, TV: 11 a.m. CT Friday, Big 12 Now/ESPN+

Location: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO

Season series (Baylor 1-0): Baylor def. Texas Tech, 61-32.

 

Tournament Results: Texas Tech: def. Houston, 74-60 (first round); Baylor: Tournament opener.

Winner gets: a Saturday game against No. 4 seed Iowa State at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Here is the full Big 12 women’s tournament schedule and results.

Projected starting lineups

Texas Tech: F Jordyn Merritt, G Bailey Maupin, G Jada Wynn, G Jasmine Shavers, G Ashley Chevalier 

Baylor: G Bella Fontleroy, G Darianna Littlepage-Buggs, G Jada Walker, G Sarah Andrews, G Aijha Blackwell.

Players to watch

Texas Tech

G Jasmine Shavers: She had an impressive opening game for the Lady Raiders against Houston. She dropped 29 points on the Cougars, including four 3-pointers. She’s been one of the focal points of Texas Tech’s offense all season. Before the Houston game she was averaging a team-leading 14.8 points. She also pulled down 5.1 rebounds and led the team with more than a steal per game.

Baylor

G Sarah Andrews: Baylor’s offense has been so balanced this season that as the season has gone on the Bears have been a little less reliant on their senior. That’s reflected in her 11.1 points per game. But she’s also dished out four assists per game and she can get hot from beyond the arc. In this type of tournament she can be a major factor in Baylor making a deep run.

 

Key storylines

Texas Tech

Texas Tech’s win was a sobering reminder of how far the Lady Raiders have fallen. At one point Texas Tech was 16-6 after a win over TCU in late January. Nine losses later the Lady Raiders were barely over .500 and had lost nine straight before beating Houston. The win guarantees the Lady Raiders a winning season and keeps alive the potential of a WNIT berth a tournament they played in last year and reached the third round. Texas Tech needs to win the Big 12 Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament, which will be a tall order.

Baylor

Baylor entered the season with a stable roster and some impressive transfers, including Walker and Yaya Felder. That led the Bears to win their first 14 games, including an impressive Big 12 road opener at Texas. but the Bears got sluggish after that, going 4-6 after Kansas snapped the winning streak before streaking to the finish line by winning their final five games. One of those losses cost the Bears a double-bye in this tournament, but they’re playing well at the right time.

Prediction

Baylor 77, Texas Tech 65. I don’t think this will be the blowout Baylor enjoyed last month. The Lady Raiders are much healthier now. But, Baylor is a nice groove and I anticipate them getting another shot at Iowa State on Saturday.  

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.