The Texas Tech Lady Raiders will tip off the 2015-16 regular season against Niagara on Friday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena.

The game will feature a unique audience.

"The environment is going to be awesome with it being Education Day and having thousands of kids in the arena,” Head Coach Candi Whitaker said. "We think that kind of energetic environment will have the team ready to go, even with it being an 11 a.m. tip. It’s going to be a great start to our season."

Whitaker continued: "We know the players are just really excited to get started. Niagara has a good team, and because they have a new coach, it’s a little more difficult to prepare, so we’re going off player tendencies and really focusing on ourselves as well."

The 2014-2015 season for the team was much improved. Overall, they were nine wins better than the previous year. Seven players return to the squad. Along with the veterans on the roster, the Lady Raiders will lace up two freshmen, Japreece Dean and Zuri Sanders, who will play extended time and huge roles on the team this season.

Of the new rules NCAA women’s basketball is transitioning to for starting with this season, the most noticeable is that the game format has moved from two halves to four quarters, creating more exciting end-of-clock situations.

[Source: texastech.com]