The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: March 5th

Your daily roundup of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Lady Raider Basketball

Lady Raiders Defeat Iowa State in Round One. Texas Tech was on fire last night in Oklahoma City against the Lady Cyclones in their first Big 12 tournament win since 2012. The Lady Raiders went 11 for 24 from beyond the arc while Iowa State went 10 for 21 in a shootout. Japreece Dean, who had 28 points and 5 assists on the night, garnered high praise from Coach Whitaker.

“For me, Japreece Dean is the Big 12 Freshman of the Year,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “What she has had to handle as a freshman for this team compared to other freshman in the league, being a point guard having to direct traffic, take a majority of the shots and get other people shots. She has been fantastic, and I’m just so proud of the freshman year she has had.”

The Lady Raiders will face fourth-ranked Baylor today in the quarterfinals at 1:30pm on Fox Sports Net.

Softball

Softball Opens Tournament with Double Header Wins. Texas Tech plays their first games in Lubbock for the season topping McNeese State (12-3) and Ohio (7-5).

“I think out home atmosphere was fantastic,” said head Texas Tech softball coach Adrian Gregory. “To come out and play in front of our home crowd, there is just nothing like it. Anytime you get two wins it is a great day.”

Texas Tech will face McNeese State at 12:30pm and Ohio at 5:30pm today as the tournament continues.

Basketball

The Red Raiders are set to take on Kansas State today on Senior Day.

Toddrick Gotcher to Play his Last Game in Lubbock.

“The feel-good story of the Big 12 season remains alive, at least for now” according to Chuck Carlton.

Tipoff is at 2pm on ESPNEWS.

Baseball

No. 23 Texas Tech Falls to No. 22 Fullerton. The bats didn’t come alive until late in the game when Texas Tech scored their first runs in the 7-3 loss.

Tech connected on three of its six hits in the ninth inning alone as Tanner Gardner andHunter Hargrove both singled earlier in the frame. Gardner reached base in three of his four plate appearances on the night as he was 1-for-2 with two walks.

The series continues today at 11:30am. Follow along with us here on Staking the Plains.

Football

Spring Football Starts Today.

Jimmy Birch has Five storylines to follow as Texas Tech begins spring football drills.

Brandon Chatmon has his Spring Practice Primer.

Miscellaneous

Texas Tech Equestrian Team Gallops Toward Nationals. Literally.

“Basically I’ve been telling everybody to go in and own their round. We want to walk in and drop the mic. We want to make sure that the judge has absolutely no reason not to place us number one, and since we have home field advantage, I think it will be a really great opportunity for all of our riders to do really well in the ring,” says Coach, Lindsey Jones. “As a team, our goal is to make it to Nationals.”

Texas Tech’s Reputation Holding Back Jakeem Grant’s NFL Dreams. And here I thought the system label only applied to quarterbacks.

In his senior season, Grant became a vital performer across the board. He wasn’t just a receiver, he was also a part-time running back and kick returner. So in a sense, it was the system that launched his success. Had it not been for Kingsbury finding other uses for his receiver, his versatility would still be untapped.

But in a sense, that’s what Grant has going for himself as it relates to what he could bring to an NFL team. He’s a player who can play numerous roles, and be explosive in numerous roles.

Sturgill Simpson’s New Album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” Hits April 15th. Listen to the first released track. Live a little. Take a trip.

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