LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will be back on the road this week as they travel to Washington State to compete in the Cougar Classic. The Red Raiders will take on Loyola Marymount (Sept. 13) and UC Irvine (Sept. 15) while in Pullman.
For head coach Tom Stone, the tournament is yet another step in an increasingly challenging non-conference schedule. Nevertheless, the upcoming games must be taken as opportunities to prepare the young Tech team for the Big 12 slate.
"Each game that we play, the next team is better," Stone said. "Friday's game is better than this past week, Sunday's game will be better than that and next week in Florida will be the best team on our non-conference schedule. We know the heat is getting turned up and we've got to be ready for it."
Tech has all but rolled through non-conference play this season. Save a hiccup at New Mexico, the Red Raiders have won five while outscoring opponents 18-1. Their most recent contest saw them rattle off 30 shots while holding Arkansas State, telling the tale of a win that was much more dominant than the season-low one-goal margin showed.
Tech's sweep of its four-game non-conference home stand was equal parts highlighted by the offense and defense. The Red Raiders took down the visiting squad by no fewer than three goals in all but one match. On the other end of the pitch, not a single opposing shot found its way to the back of the Tech net. The home stand also allowed Tech to take over as the top team in the conference in shutouts with four.
"One of our biggest assets this year is our depth among all lines," said sophomore Charlotte Teeter. "On the attack, I think we've been on fire lately. I think it's been fun seeing how many people we can rotate, using all our starters and all our bench."
First touch with Loyola Marymount is set for 6 p.m. CT Friday. A stream will be available here, with live stats available here.