Texas Tech will probably rotate seniors Michi Atkins (21 points per game) and Melinda White in the pivot to try and wear down Rosheda Hopson (just 22 minutes per contest). This is where Houston will start to miss dismissed center Nakia Hill (14.3 points on 56.4-percent shooting). Thus, starting UH forwards Pat Luckey and Jennifer Jones may find themselves having to play numerous minutes in the middle against a group that averages 15.7 rebounds and shoots a combined 56.7 percent from the field.
Tech and UH basically rotate three players between the two forward spots and inside. White is a solidplayer, but is not a vital part of the Raiders' offense (6.2 points). However, Tech's Atkins and Michelle Thomas combine for 37.6 points compared to 34.2 for Luckey and Jones. Hopson's scoring (9.2) and rebounding (6.5) edge over White (6.2 points, 5.7 rebounds) help to even up what is by far the key matchup of the game.
Tech guards Julie Lake and Rene Hanebutt average 22 points per game as a tandem and have made 35 three-pointers. UH's Tanda Rucker leads the conference in assists per game (5.9), but she and Fleceia Comeaux shoot a combined 34.8 percent from the field, compared to 43.1 percent for Lake and Hanebutt.
The Raiders' Crystal Boles, Kim Sumrall and Sandy Parker shoot well more than 50 percent from the field, scoring 11.9 a game, while playing at least 10.6 minutes. The Cougars are getting plenty of bench minutes out of Alicia Rodriguez (14.9) and Shunta Hart (13.3), but the two produce just 4.2 points a night on 25-percent shooting.