The 2023-24 Texas Tech Lady Raiders’ basketball schedule is complete and here is an analysis of the entire schedule as basketball season nears.
Texas Tech will host UTRGV at home on Nov. 7. The Vaqueros won just 12 games last season, including six in the WAC.
Back To Vegas
Last season the Lady Raiders played in a tournament in Las Vegas that got a lot of attention for the fact that it was played in a small hotel ballroom as opposed to an actual area. Here’s hoping the South Point Shootout has rectified that issue. The Lady Raiders will get Rutgers on Nov. 24 and Santa Clara on Nov. 25 in the multi-team event.
Best Non-Con Game
The Lady Raiders’ schedule, frankly, doesn’t come with a lot of tests in non-conference. Rutgers represents their one chance to beat a Power 6 program before Big 12 action begins. The Scarlet Knights were 12-20 last season and won just five Big Ten games.
Mid-Major Danger Game
The one to watch is Lamar on Nov. 13. The Cardinals are coming off a 20-win season and a third-place finish in the Southland Conference. That record didn’t get the Cardinals into any kind of postseason, but they should be in a position to test the Lady Raiders early this season.
Big 12 Opener
The Lady Raiders will open their Big 12 season on the road against one of the four new teams in the conference, as they will be in Houston on Dec. 30. Houston figures to be improved after last season.
Big 12 Home Opener
After opening the season in Houston, the Lady Raiders return home for two straight games, beginning with the Texas Longhorns on Jan. 3. Last season, Texas Tech beat Texas in Lubbock.
Brutal Big 12 Stretch
The Lady Raiders will find out a lot about themselves early on in conference play. After the home game against Texas, the Lady Raiders will host Kansas, followed by a road trip to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, followed by a home game against Iowa State. Four of those teams made last year’s NCAA tournament and Kansas won the Women’s NIT.
What Should Happen?
Tech should be good enough to challenge for an NCAA Tournament berth this season. Krista Gerlich is trying to build a consistent winner out in Lubbock, and that’s the next step after a season in which the Lady Raiders went to the third round of the WNIT. Tech brought in some solid transfers and has a core of players to build around that are returning.
2023-24 Texas Tech Women’s Basketball Schedule
Nov. 7 vs. UTRGV, 6 p.m.
Nov. 10 vs. Tarleton State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 vs. Lamar, 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, 6 p.m.
Nov. 20 vs. UTSA, 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 vs. Rutgers@, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 vs. Santa Clara@, 6 p.m.
Nov. 29 vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 vs. Houston Christian, 6 p.m.
Dec. 5 vs. Sam Houston, 6 p.m.
Dec. 13 vs. Incarnate Word, 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 19 vs. Tulsa#, TBD
Dec. 20 vs. Oregon State#, TBD
Dec. 30 at Houston*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 3 vs. Texas*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 6 vs. Kansas*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 10 at Oklahoma State*, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Oklahoma*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 17 vs. Iowa State*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 at BYU*, 5 p.m.
Jan. 24 vs. Houston*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 27 vs. TCU*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 3 at Cincinnati*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 6 at West Virginia*, 6 p.m.
Feb. 10 vs. UCF*, 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 vs. Oklahoma State*, 6 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Baylor*, 3 p.m.
Feb. 21 at Texas*, 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 vs. Cincinnati*, 2 p.m.
Feb. 28 at TCU*, 6:30 p.m.
March 2 vs. Kansas State*, 2 p.m.
Bold denotes home games; @-South Point Shootout, Las Vegas, Nev.; #- Maui Classic, Kihei or Lahaina, Hawaii; *-Big 12 games; Home games played at United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas. Game times local to Texas Tech (central); Big 12 Tournament, March 7-12, Kansas City, Mo.