Lady Raiders Return Home for Thursday Matinee vs. No. 20 Georgia on ESPNU

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Tech Lady Raiders return to United Supermarkets Arena Thursday for an 11 a.m. nationally-televised (ESPNU) matchup against the No. 20 Georgia Lady Bulldogs.
Tech and Georgia will meet for just the second time in program history, and for the first time since the 1984-85 season.


The Lady Raiders closed play at the Van Chancellor Classic 2-1 last weekend. Tech opened the weekend with a 71-67 victory over Ball State on Friday. In that contest, senior forward Taylah Thomas had a career-best 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Lexy Hightower added 15 points.

On Saturday, the Lady Raiders suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Old Dominion 59-45. After falling behind as many as 27 points in that game, the Lady Raiders cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth, before the comeback effort came up short.

Sunday, Tech bounced back in a big way, using a 27-point first quarter to cruise to an 82-75 victory. In the contest, all five Lady Raider scorers were in double-figures led by Hightower’s 17 points. The West Texas A&M transfer also grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists.


Texas Tech (7-1) vs. No. 20 Georgia (6-0)

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: United Supermarkets Arena (Lubbock, Texas)


Radio: Texas Tech Radio Network/The Varsity App


Georgia Lady Bulldogs (6-0):

Georgia enters Thursday’s matchup with Texas Tech ranked No. 20 in the country, after defeating Notre Dame 71-67 and Marquette 70-45. One of the best defensive teams in the country, Georgia has four times held a team to 45 points or fewer and has allowed under 60 in every single game except the Notre Dame game that went to overtime.

On the year, forward Jenna Staiti leads the Lady Bulldogs in points (13.3), rebounds (8.0), blocks (17) and field goals made (31). Led by Staiti, Georgia has three different people scoring in double-figures this season. Guards Que Morrison and Sarah Ashlee Barker are averaging 10.5 and 10.2 points respectively.


The Lady Raiders return to action a week from Sunday, when they travel to Canyon, Texas to clash with UNLV. The game will be a homecoming for HC Krista Gerlich and guard Lexy Hightower. Gerlich coached the Lady Buffs from 2006-13, while Hightower played for West Texas A&M from 2017-21. Tip-off from the First United Bank Center is set for 2 p.m.


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Sycamores Travel East for Myrtle Beach Invitational Beginning Thursday

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Indiana State will play three games over the course of four days beginning Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The Sycamores will open the bracket with a game against Old Dominion before moving on to face either Oklahoma or East Carolina Friday at a time to be determined.
Tip is set with the Monarchs for 9 p.m. ET Thursday from HTC Center in Conway, S.C. The game will air on ESPNU as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on worldwide free-of-charge.
Coastal Carolina University is announcing a new practice effective August 18, 2021: All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings indoors.
Fans may remove masks while eating or drinking but should mask at all other times while in the HTC Center.
Athletes and coaches may remove masks while they are in the bench area.
In order to expedite entry and provide a safe and secure environment for fans, Coastal Carolina University has implemented a Clear Bag Policy for all events on campus. Along with numerous institutions around the country, the state of South Carolina and professional sports around the world, this policy limits the size and style of bags carried into the HTC Center. Click here for more information.
» After posting career highs across the board a year ago, junior Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. Neese leads the team with 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while also recording 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Neese has been lights out from the charity stripe (10-11) with a 90.9 make percent while shooting 35 percent (7-20) from distance. The Cloverdale, Indiana native has scored at least 15 points in all three contests while snagging at least six rebounds.
» Coming off a season-ending ACL tear in 2020-21, Kailex Stephens has come out strong as ever. The 6-foot-7 forward dominated the first game of the season at Green Bay and was a major contributor to ISU’s 12-point rally to win the road game. Stephens posted his first career double-double in a Sycamore uniform against the Phoenix after scoring 16 points and recording 13 rebounds. Through three games, Stephens is averaging 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and has turned the ball over just three times.


» Cameron Henry has been as advertised for the Sycamores as the Lincoln Memorial transfer sits second on the team with a 14.3 points per game average through three contests. Henry has scored in double-digits all three games with a season-high 18 points coming in a win over Hanover where the guard shot 4-for-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc. The Chesterfield, Virginia native has pulled down 14 rebounds in three games and recorded his first double-double of the season Sunday with an 18 point, 10 rebound game against the Panthers. Along with his scoring and rebounding, Henry has been consistent in the passing game, averaging three assists per contest.


» After starting the season with just eight players available at Green Bay due to injuries, ISU has now utilized 12 players through the first week of play. During a blowout win against Hanover Sunday, all 12 players that dressed saw the floor and played at least five minutes. Every player that saw action scored a point for the Sycamores in the 90-49 victory.


For the latest information on Sycamore Basketball, be sure to visit You can also find the team on social media, including TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube. Fans can also receive updates on Sycamore Athletics by downloading the March On App from both the App Store and the Google Play Store.


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Road Stretch Continues Thursday at Missouri

DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team heads to Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 18, to face the Missouri Tigers in the opening game of the Jacksonville Classic by Fabletics. Tip against Missouri is slated for 7 p.m. and will be available on SEC Network+ and ESPN+. 

NIU takes a 1-1 record to Columbia, Mo., after falling at Indiana (Nov. 12) following its season-opening victory at Washington (Nov. 9). Keshawn Williams (Chicago Heights, Ill./Tulsa) netted a career-high 21 points against the Hoosiers, including 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. 

Williams is one of two Huskies scoring in double figures, with Trendon Hankerson (Novi, Mich./Novi) leading the way at 15.5 points per game and Williams adding 13.5 points per contest. Anthony Crump (Inkster, Mich./Middle Tennessee) is adding 8.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. 

The Tigers bring a 1-1 overall record into Thursday’s contest following an 80-66 setback against Kansas City on Monday night (Nov. 15). Four players are scoring in double figures for the Tigers through two games, led by 15.0 points per game from Kobe Brown. Javon Pickett and Ronnie DeGray III are both averaging 13.5 points per game and Jarron Coleman, a transfer from Ball State, is adding 10.0 points per contest.

Thursday’s matchup will be the third all-time between NIU and Missouri. The Tigers have won each of the first two meetings, both played in Columbia.

Following Thursday’s contest, NIU will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in the “Jax Bracket” at the Jacksonville Classic by Fabletics. The Huskies will face Boston University on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. CT, and then will meet either Little Rock or Sam Houston State on Monday, Nov. 22.

Season tickets for the 2021-22 basketball season are on sale now beginning at just $80 for Huskieland general admission tickets in sections 115-118 (minimum of four tickets required to purchase). Reserved season tickets for Huskie men’s basketball are available for $120. Season tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office at 815-753-PACK (7225). Courtside and Nelson Club premium ticket options are also available through the Huskie Athletic Fund or by calling, 815-753-1923. NIU will host Eastern Illinois in its regular season home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 1.


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#MUBB Radio Show Debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. CT

With the 2021-22 regular-season opener rapidly approaching on Nov. 9 against SIUE at 7:30 p.m. CT, radio and television coverage of the Marquette University men’s basketball team will tip off as well.
The Inside Marquette Basketball television program is back this season on Bally Sports Wisconsin and is being produced by My People Creative.  The bi-weekly show debuts on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. CT and provides access to the team all season long.  Marquette graduate Sophia Minnaert will host the 30-minute program with head coach Shaka Smart and the show will include player interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes features and much more.
ESPN Milwaukee (94.5 ESPN FM) will again serve as the flagship station for the Marquette Sports Network, which is overseen by Marquette Sports Properties, a division of Learfield and the Golden Eagles’ multimedia rights holder.  Game broadcasts include a 30-minute pregame show, play-by-play action handled by Steve “The Homer” True and former MU standout Tony Smith and a postgame recap with Smart.
The Marquette Basketball Hour with Shaka Smart, a weekly radio program dedicated to the latest news surrounding the program, debuts at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 11.  True will host the 60-minute program, which features interviews with the players and staff, special guests and much more, live from Dave & Buster’s (2201 N. Mayfair Road). 
The radio show will air weekly on Thursday nights all season long, with the exception of conflicts with game coverage, holidays or team travel.
2021-22 Marquette Radio Network
WKTI – ESPN Milwaukee (94.5 ESPN FM) – Milwaukee (Flagship)
WOMT 1240 AM – Manitowoc
WCUB 980 AM – Green Bay
WFHR 1320 AM – Wisconsin Rapids
WDLB 1450 AM – Marshfield
WXCO 1230 AM – Wausau
WSCO 1570 AM – Appleton
Keep up with the Marquette men’s basketball program through social media by following on Twitter (
@MarquetteMBB) and Instagram ( and ‘liking’ on Facebook (/MarquetteMensBB). Fans interested in tickets can contact the Marquette Ticket Office online or at 414-288-GOMU (4668).

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Women’s Basketball Welcomes Rider on Thursday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State women’s basketball team hosts Rider in a non-conference matchup on Thursday night. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

All Penn State Athletics non-football events will require a valid permit or payment of the applicable parking fee for campus lots. Complimentary parking will no longer be issued for season ticket holders.
Fans with valid Penn State University Park parking permits will be permitted to park at non-football athletics events for free, following Transportation Services parking policies and access.
Fans without a permit are encouraged to prepay for event parking at a discounted rate through ParkMobile – Prepayment is available through 11:59 p.m. the day prior to each event. Season packages will be available for general parking for most sports, and information on VIP parking options available for select events will be released later.
Please visit the 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Parking page for additional information.
Non-football event parking is managed by Penn State Transportation Services. For more information on parking for this event, please email [email protected] or call 814-865-1436. 
The Lady Lions are recognizing food shortage awareness on Thursday night. Fans are encouraged to bring canned, boxed or bagged goods to donate.


  • Penn State takes on Rider to continue non-conference play.
  • The teams will meet for the fourth time.
  • The Lady Lions opened the 2021-22 campaign with an 85-66 victory over LIU on Tuesday.
  • Penn State led by double-digits for the entire second half.
  • Sophomore forward Ali Brigham had an impressive Penn State debut with 20 points, on 8-of-13 from the field and four-of-four from the free-throw line, nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • Junior guard Makenna Marisa filled up the box score with 19 points, including three triples, six rebounds and six assists.
  • Graduate student guard Kelly Jekot contributed 11 points, including three three-pointers.
  • Penn State assisted on 20 of its 30 made field goals, led by Marisa’s six dimes and Maddie Burke’s four.
  • The Lady Lions shot 45.5 percent from the field, including 50 percent in the second half.
  • Penn State forced 21 turnovers by LIU and collected 13 steals with five players recording at least two steals.
  • Penn State will look for its 33rd 2-0 start in program history.


  • Rider is led by head coach Lynn Milligan, in her 15th year at the helm.
  • Milligan is 178-247 in her time at Rider and led the Broncs to their first ever MAAC Regular Season Championship in 2019-20.
  • Rider had an 8-15 record last season.
  • Rider returns five players who averaged at least 6.7 points per game last season.
  • Sophomore guard Makayla Firebaugh led the Broncs with 11.0 points per game in 2020-21.
  • Sophomore forward Raphaela Toussaint (7.5 ppg) and junior guard Maya Hyacienth (7.3) also return.
  • Rider led the MAAC last season in three-point field goals made (145) and free-throw percentage (72.2).
  • The Broncs allowed 59.3 points per game last season and led their conference in blocked shots per game (4.8).
  • In their exhibition win over The College of New Jersey, the Broncs were paced by Toussaint’s 20 points and 12 rebounds. Firebaugh contributed 13 points, while Lenaejha Evans had 15 off the bench.


  • Penn State will meet Rider for the fourth time between the programs. The Lady Lions lead the all-time series, 2-1.
  • The Lady Lions fell 78-70 in 2019. Makenna Marisa tallied 13 points in that contest.


  • Sophomore forward Ali Brigham made a big impact in her first game as a Lady Lion, vs. LIU, after transferring from George Washington.
  • Brigham finished the game with 20 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and hit all four free-throw attempts.
  • She also pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
  • Brigham posted 14 points in the first half.


  • Junior guard Makenna Marisa filled up the box score in the season opener vs. LIU.
  • Marisa scored 19 points, including three three-pointers.
  • She also contributed six rebounds, tying for second on the team, and led PSU with six assists.


  • The Lady Lions had a solid night on the defensive end against the Sharks.
  • Penn State held LIU to 25-of-65 shooting (38.5 percent) from the floor and 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from three. LIU shot just 26.7 percent in the first quarter and 25 percent in the fourth quarter.
  • The Lady Lions also forced 21 turnovers and collected 13 steals.
  • Anna Camden had three steals as one of five Lady Lions with at least two steals.


  • Sophomore Maddie Burke returns after earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year and Big Ten All-Freshman team honors in 2020-21.
  • Burke reached 20 points in four games, including a career-best 24 points vs. Maryland.
  • Burke drilled at least three three-pointers in 11 games and hit five or more treys in six games.
  • Burke ranked fifth among Division I freshmen with 58 three-pointers.
  • Junior Makenna Marissa also returns after being named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
  • Marissa averaged 13.4 points per game, including 15 double-figure scoring efforts and six 20-point games.
  • Marissa finished fifth in the Big Ten and 37th nationally with 5.0 assists per game.


  • Penn State returns eight of its top nine scorers from the 2020-21 season.
  • Senior Kelly Jekot paced the Lady Lions, averaging 15.9 points per game through nine games, before suffering a season-ending injury. Jekot reached double-figures in all nine games and had 20+ points in three contests.
  • Marissa averaged 13.4 points per game, tallying 15 games with double-digit points and six with 20 points.
  • Senior Niya Beverley averaged 9.2 points per contest in 2020-21 with nine double-figure efforts and two 20-point games.
  • Sophomore Maddie Burke tallied 8.9 points per game and led the Nittany Lions with 58 three-pointers. She had four 20-point games and eight double-figure efforts.
  • Junior Anna Camden averaged 7.8 points with 13 double-digit games and fellow junior Shay Hagans averaged 7.0 points with 11 double-figure efforts.


  • Penn State opened its 11-game non-conference slate against LIU.
  • The Lady Lions’ first three contests will be played at the Bryce Jordan Center against LIU (11/9), Rider (11/11) and Delaware State (11/16).
  • Penn State’s non-con continues at Clemson on Sunday, November 21. The Tigers reached the 2021 WNIT Second Round.
  • The Lady Lions then travel to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida. Penn State will open the tournament against St. John’s on November 26.
  • On November 27, Penn State will face either Iowa State or Charlotte in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Iowa State was a 2021 NCAA Tournament team, while Charlotte was a 2021 WNIT participant.
  • Penn State takes on Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, December 2.
  • The non-conference schedule closes out with home games against Youngstown State (12/12) and Towson (12/22) and a road matchup at Duquesne (12/18).


  • The Preseason AP Poll features five Big Ten teams: No. 4 Maryland, No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa, No. 11 Michigan and No. 17 Ohio State.
  • Penn State opens Big Ten play at Indiana on December 6.
  • The Lady Lions played 10 ranked opponents in 2020-21, the most among Big Ten schools, and earned a 69-67 win over No. 15 Ohio State on February 24, 2021.


  • Penn State remains home to host Delaware State on Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with a broadcast on B1G+.

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Thunder vs. Lakers prediction: Best bets, pick against the spread, over/under on Thursday

The Oklahoma City Thunder (1-6) will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (5-3) at the Staples Center Thursday night with tip-off set for 10:30 p.m. ET. OKC is looking to bounce back from two straight losses to the Warriors and the Clippers as they wrap up their three-game road swing. The Lakers are coming off a narrow 119-117 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, marking their third straight win.

The Lakers are favored by 13.5 points at -105 while the over/under point total is set at 214.5. DraftKings Sportsbook has the Lakers at -1125 on the moneyline with the Thunder at +700.

Thunder vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET

Pick ATS: Thunder +13.5 (-115)

Sure, the Thunder are in the midst of a losing skid and have only won once through their first seven games, but that lone win came just last week against the Lakers themselves. Anthony Davis dropped 30 points on that particular night while Russell Westbrook even grabbed a triple-double with 20 points, 13 assists, and 14 rebounds. Still, the Thunder edged them out 123-115 thanks to six players scoring double digits with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way with 27 points on the night. OKC has only lost one game by more than 13 points in their last five outings, so chances are even if they lose in LA, they’ll still cover the spread.

Over/Under: Under 214.5 (-105)

OKC is only averaging 96.7 points per game so far this season, good for the second-worst average in the league. They’ve only hit the Over in two of their games while the Lakers have hit it five times. The Thunder aren’t expected to do as well offensively as they did last time against LA, especially since LeBron James was missing for that last game.

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Thursday expected to be busiest travel day at MSP since before pandemic

Airport officials estimate more than 35,000 people will travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Thursday, many of them traveling over the MEA school break. 

Jeff Lea, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, says on Thursday they’re expecting twice as many travelers as MEA weekend last year, when COVID-19 was still prevalent and travel traffic was low with about 17,000 people traveling. 

Lea says Thursday’s expected traffic is still about 25 to 30 percent less than a normal MEA weekend. In 2019, he says their busiest day of MEA break saw 47,000 travelers. He says overall traffic is still down 25 to 30 percent compared to 2019 levels. 

Even if number still aren’t reaching “normal” levels, he says staff are prepared for the influx of travelers. 

“The TSA, the airlines, the airport itself, all of our partners have been well prepared for this travel week in the sense that we have the projections, the booking forecasts and trying to move staffing around to handle those busy loads,” Lea said. 

He says TSA staffing is “certainly able to handle the loads” they’re expected to see over MEA. 

What’s not fully staffed are the restaurants and retail spaces beyond the gate. He says those are still operating at about 78 percent. 

Lea recommends getting to the airport at least two hours before your scheduled flight to ensure you can get through security and to your gate on time. 

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Caltrans issues winter travel advisory from tonight until early Thursday

Caltrans District 2 released the following information this afternoon, March 8. District 2 includes Plumas and Sierra counties.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of winter storm systems this week for the Northern California area, starting tonight and lingering into early Thursday. Snow levels are anticipated to be between 2,000 feet – 3,500 feet during these storms. Motorists should plan for chain controls in higher elevations and are advised to check weather and roadway conditions prior to travel.

Higher elevation travel is discouraged during winter weather systems. Motorists that must travel into higher elevations are advised to carry chains, be prepared for winter driving conditions, expect delays and possible closures, and follow instructions of Caltrans personnel and law enforcement.

Updated highway conditions are available via QuickMap (also available by free app for smartphones) or through the Caltrans Highway Information Network via website or by calling 1-800-427-7623. Motorists can also follow Caltrans District 2 on its Twitter and Facebook pages for important traffic updates.

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Thursday (March 4) Quincy Notre Dame Raiders Continue Preparing For Their Season Opener On The Prep Soccer Pitch Against Macomb And Western Illinois Basketball Standout Will Carius Honored Today By The Summit League

It’s been a busy week on the turf at Quincy Notre Dame. The Raiders soccer team, under the watchful eye of longtime head coach Greg Reis, are gearing up for their 2021 season opener on the pitch. That contest is coming up next Tuesday in Macomb. That’s where the “Blue and Gold” will face the Bombers to open their 15 game spring schedule that was brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic. . We’ll check in with Coach Reis and standout forward Seth Anderson and get their thoughts on being back together again at 10th and Jackson.

The Suns of Southeastern will return to action on the prep hardwood tonight. Danny Stephens and his teammates are set to travel to Warsaw to tip-off against the Titans of West Hancock. We’ll also take a look at some of the other prep games on the schedule in the “Land Of Lincoln” that we’ll be watching very closely this evening.

Western Illinois University’s Will Carius is certainly one Leatherneck who has shown he understands how to score the basketball on the college hardwood. For his sensational exploits this season, the Iowa native was honored today by the Summit League in a very special way. We’ll have an update from Macomb.

Iowa All-American center Luka Garza is also back in the national spotlight. The reining Big Ten Player Of The Year is still in the running for one of the top awards in the country for college basketball players. We’ll have the latest from Iowa City. That’s where the 5th-ranked Hawkeyes are preparing to face Nebraska later tonight. We’ll have details on what’s coming up at Carver-Hawkeyes Arena.

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NEW: (Another) Winter Storm Warning Issued for Tuesday Through Thursday

NEW: Winter Storm Warning Issued for Tuesday Through Thursday

Bossier Parish hasn’t even begun to dig out from the existing ice and snow from the last winter storm, and yet another is on the way.

The National Weather Service has issued a new Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to noon Thursday.

Heavy mixed wintry precipitation is expected. The National Weather Service is predicting total snow accumulations of up to 8 inches and ice accumulations of up to half an inch.

Again, severe wind chills can also be expected.

IMPACTS: Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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