The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: January 2nd

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s eve and I wish success and lots of love to you all in 2017.

Lady Raider Basketball

The Lady Raiders beat Okahoma State on Sunday, 70-65 (box score. Big days from from Rece Caldwell, who scored 20 points and made 8-9 free throws, Arella Guirantes had 10 points on just 5 shots and Brittany Brewer scored 14 points on 8 shots and had 9 rebounds. Remember that this team won only 4 conference games all year last year, two wins against Kansas and two wins against Iowa State. This is progress.

Football

I wasn’t sure how to get into this, but if you’d like to see QB Patrick Mahomes in a cast (it’s his left hand) with his father at a basketball tournament in Tyler over the break watching his brother play, well then ETFinalScore has you covered. If he really did hurt that against Oklahoma and continued to play the rest of the year, I mean, that’s saying something about what he’s willing to do for this team.

RRS’s Matt Clare writes about Jaylon Lane’s new opportunity to play, how he was a recruit aat Nacogdoches and his route to two different junior colleges before signing with Texas Tech in December. It’s worth your time, but here’s Lane talking about defensive coordinator David Gibbs:

“He truly believed in me as a player and still did after everything that happened over the years. Coach Gibbs is a man of his word and he really stuck to it. He was one of the only coaches to recruit me in high school that actually kept in touch with me during my junior college days. I’m ready to ball for him, I can tell you that right now. I’m going to give Coach Gibbs my all, and it’s going to be one hell of a ride.”

RRS’s Drew Kohnle has his Q&A with incoming offensive guard Jack Anderson, where he answers Kohnle’s standard set of questions. Interesting that Anderson’s biggest athletic idol is Connor McGregor. Here’s a bit, but it’s worth the click on over:

WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT TEXAS TECH?

“They will start me out at guard. Coach Morris said that when I get there, I’m going to start splitting reps with the ones, just start learning the plays and earn playing time. I’m coming in to compete at guard, though.”

WHAT IS A PERSONAL STRENGTH THAT YOU WILL BRING TO THE TABLE AT TECH?

“Physicality I’d say. Coach Hays, coach Morris, and coach Kliff always stress to me that their run game was not up to par this year and they want to fix that. They just feel like I could bring that nasty streak and do what I’ve done my high school career.”

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