The Lady Raiders are firmly on the NCAA Tournament Bubble as they are currently the 8th team out, per ESPN W’s Bracketology. A win tonight against the top team in the conference would go a long way in putting them in a better position to secure a spot in the Big Dance. In their first meeting of the season, the Lady Raiders defeated Texas 68-64. Let’s preview the game!
Where: Moody Center, Austin Texas
Three Players to Watch
Morris has been the Longhorns’ main outside shooter this season. She’s attempted 120 three pointers and makes at a 38% clip. She averages 12.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Moore is adept at finding open areas along the perimeter and chasing her into dribble drives and into the paint will be crucial for the Lady Raiders tonight.
Gaston has asserted herself as the main post threat for Texas. At 6’2″, she leads the Longhorns in scoring and is their second leading rebounder. In addition, she is undoubtedly their best inside scoring threat, as she never really drifts outside of the paint. Gastson averages 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block per game. Doubling her in the paint and stretching her defensively will help the Lady Raiders tonight.
Harmon, the cousin of Texas Tech Red Raider De’Vion Harmon, is the engine that makes the Longhorn offense go. In addition to being lightning-quick with the ball, Harmon is the best passer on the team and leads the Longhorns in assists. She averages 11.4 points, 5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per ball game. She carved up the Lady Raider defense last time out, dishing out nine assists. Speeding her up into traps and bad passes will go a long way.
The Lady Raiders look for their first sweep of Texas in a decade.