Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I had a unique opportunity to travel with the Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team to its February 17 game at Texas A&M. The team charters its transportation, which presumably is a fixed cost; in other words, the planes and buses would cost the same whether 30 people were traveling or 50 people. Thus (again as I understand it), the athletic department can help offset some of its costs by selling travel packages to fans, which is how I got involved.

As far as hot hands, the big story in this year's two games between Tech and A&M was the sharpshooting of the Aggies' Takia Starks. She put up 22 points against Tech in Lubbock, whereas in College Station she torched the Lady Raiders for 29.

More important than basketball, the Lady Raiders' game at A&M was a "Think Pink" event to raise breast-cancer awareness. Nearly all the seats in Reed Arena were covered with pink towels before the game for fans to take, plus many of the College Station locals were wearing pink T-shirts from the awareness campaign. In the picture (below) that I took, the "pink out" can best be seen in the seats behind the basket on the right-hand side, although the entire seating bowl was so festooned. The above-linked article from the game at A&M also has a photograph of the many pink-attired audience members.

The Hot Hand page supports breast-cancer awareness. For further information, please visit the Susan G. Komen organization or the American Cancer Society.

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