LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech women's basketball team held its first official practice of the 2019-20 season on Thursday afternoon inside United Supermarkets Arena.
The program is set to tip off for the second season of the Marlene Stollings era on Nov. 14 at home against Sam Houston State, and after a long offseason of summer workouts the team, armed with three returning starters and several new faces, were thrilled to be on the court.
"Our team has great chemistry," Stollings said. "They are very connected and do a lot together off the court. The camaraderie of the team is good and they've had a great summer and they're anxious to get rolling."
The Lady Raiders will be led by senior Brittany Brewer, who looks to add to build on her breakout junior campaign in which she averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on the way to an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. Brewer had a successful summer, qualifying for the United States Pan American Games team and helping Team USA win silver at the event in Lima, Peru. Brewer became the first Lady Raider basketball player to earn a medal for the Red, White and Blue at the Pan Am Games, after becoming the second-ever Texas Tech player to qualify for the United States' women's basketball team.
"Brittany's time in Peru has been very beneficial to her on and off the court," Stollings said. "I think her leadership skills have improved because of that. She is someone that is really committed to Texas Tech and leaving a legacy here. She represents that. A lot of players on our team are really committed to helping her have a great senior year and get to the postseason because she hasn't experienced that during her tenure here."
Also returning for Texas Tech will be reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year Chrislyn Carr, who became the first Lady Raider in program history to be invited to the U19 United States World Cup team this season. Carr was also an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick and averaged 18 points per game to lead the nation's freshmen. Junior Sydney Goodson will look to make a difference this season as well after starting 26 of 31 games for Texas Tech this season and averaging 10.8 points per game.
A number of new players will see the court for the Lady Raiders this season as well. Juniors Lexi Gordon and Andrayah Adams were on the team roster last season, but had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. A mid-year transfer from UConn, Gordon will be cleared to play at the conclusion of fall semester. Stollings also welcomes a host of newcomers into the fold this season, including junior college transfers Maka Jackson, Jo'Nah Johnson and Emma Villas-Gomis, as well as California freshmen Nailah Dillard and Alexis Tucker.
Fans can get their first look at the new-look Lady Raiders on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena, as the team is set to host its annual Tip-Off Event. The event is free, and all fans are welcome to attend. Free food, inflatables, prizes and autographs are on tap for the big night.
Fans can renew their season tickets or purchase new season tickets in person at the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office located on the East Side of Jones AT&T Stadium, over the phone at (806) 742-8324 or online at TexasTech.com. Information on single-game tickets and mini-plans will be announced at a later date by the Tech Athletics Ticket Office.