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Lady Raiders Open Big 12 Play at Kansas
 

 
The Lady Raiders open Big 12 play at Kansas on Jan. 8.
 
The Lady Raiders open Big 12 play at Kansas on Jan. 8.
 

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Texas Tech (13-1/0-0 Big 12) at Kansas (13-1/0-0 Big 12)
Saturday, January 8 • Lawrence, Kan.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) • 7 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (13-1/0-0) opens Big 12 Conference play at Kansas (13-1/0-0) on Sat., Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. It is the 17th meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
The game is being televised by Metro Sports and will be aired only in the Kansas City metro area. Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Greg Gurley (color) will call the action. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network and via the internet at TexasTech.com through RaiderVision All Access as Steve Strain calls the game. Live stats are available through GameTracker at TexasTech.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech wrapped up non-conference play with a 13-1 record after thumping Houston Baptist, 73-36, last Monday night. On the year, junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 13.7 average followed by sophomore Casey Morris at 10.6 and senior Teena Wickett at 10.4. Mallard is averaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds per outing, while Wickett is averaging 6.7. Mallard is shooting 50.3 percent from the field. Sophomore Mary Bokenkamp is shooting a team-high 43.3 percent from behind the arc, and Morris has a team-high 78.8 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Monique Smalls has team highs of 54 assists and 39 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 25 blocks. The Lady Raiders are averaging 71.3 points per game, while allowing their opponents to 50.3 points per contest. Tech is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from three-point range and 68.2 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Kansas also owns a 13-1 record on the year after beating UMKC, 56-41, last Monday night in Lawrence. On the year, sophomore Carolyn Davis is leading the Jayhawks in scoring with a 19.6 average followed by sophomore Monica Engelman at 13.1 and junior Aishah Sutherland at 11.1. Sutherland is the top rebounder, grabbing 9.9 boards per contest. Freshman Keena Mays has team highs of 81 assists and 17 steals, while Davis is the top shot blocker with 21 blocks. KU is scoring 79.9 points per game, while allowing its opponents 58.4 points. The Jayhawks are shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from the three-point arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
Texas Tech and Kansas are meeting for the 17th time in the series with the Lady Raiders holding a 13-3 advantage over the Jayhawks. Tech has won the last 11 games, including a 68-51 win in Lubbock last year on Feb. 21. KU's last victory came on Jan. 13, 1999, in Lawrence in a 55-45 triumph. The Lady Raiders are 5-2 in Lawrence.

The Coaches
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her fifth season at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Curry has compiled a record of 79-63 at Tech and a career record of 258-114 in 12 years. Bonnie Henrickson is in her seventh year as head coach of the Jayhawks with a record of 109-96. She is also in her 14th year has a head coach, compiling a career record of 267-158.

Big 12 Openers
Texas Tech is 9-5 in Big 12 Conference openers and 1-4 in the Kristy Curry era. Tech dropped last year's conference opener at No. 14/15 Oklahoma, 73-58, on Jan. 9.

Last Year vs. KU - Feb. 21
Jordan Murphree scored 20 points to lead the Texas Tech women's basketball team to a 68-51 win over Kansas in Big 12 Conference action. The first half saw just two lead changes as Kansas scored the opening basket before Tech scored the next four points to take its first lead of the game at the 16:45 mark. The Jayhawks got up by as many as eight points at 28-20 as Monica Engelman hit a jumper with 4:23 remaining in the half. From there, the Lady Raiders outscored Kansas 11-4 to put the score at 32-31 in favor of the Jayhawks at the half. The second half belonged to Tech as it started the first eight and half minutes on a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead at 46-36 on a jumper by Jordan Barncastle. It marked the Lady Raiders' first double-digit lead of the game. The Jayhawks scored on their next possession as Aishah Sutherland nailed a shot at the 11:14 mark to cut Tech's lead to eight. That was the closest Kansas would get as the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 17-point lead, 62-45, when Ashlee Roberson hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts with 1:55 remaining in the game. Tech once again led by 17 points as Roberson hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left in the contest to give her team a 68-51 win. Roberson finished with her third-straight double-double as she had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kierra Mallard, who returned to the court after missing four games due to a suspension, came off the bench to add 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Monique Smalls collected five assists for the Lady Raiders as well. Engelman led Kansas with 18 points, while Sutherland recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.

The Last Time Out
In its final tune-up prior to opening conference play, the Texas Tech women's basketball team rolled to a 73-36 win over Houston Baptist. Tech held Houston Baptist scoreless the first 11 and half minutes of the game as the Lady Raiders scored the first 27 points of the contest. The Huskies got on the board at the 8:29 mark on a free throw by Destini Texada. Houston Baptist hit its first field goal at 7:50 on a jumper by Jamie Spriggs to put the score at 29-3 in favor of Tech. The Lady Raiders led by as many as 32 points the first half when Kelsi Baker made a layup with just over six minutes to play. Tech led 42-14 at the half. The Huskies came out better in the second half than they did in the first, scoring their first bucket at the 18:50 mark. However, Lady Raiders continued to dominate as they outscored Houston Baptist, 31-22, in the final 20 minutes with Tech's bench playing a majority of the second half. All 15 players got in the game during the second period. Tech got its largest lead of the game of 39 points at 9:12 as Christine Hyde hit a layup. From there, the Huskies held the Lady Raiders scoreless for the next four and half minutes, going on a 7-0 run. Kierra Mallard recorded her fourth double-double of the season, her second-straight, with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Casey Morris added 10 points, while Chynna Brown had nine. Monique Smalls finished with four assists and two steals and Lindie Kimbro also tallied two steals. Mallard collected two blocks on the night as well. Spriggs led Houston Baptist with a game-high 14 points. Tech outshot the Huskies 43.7 percent (31-71) to 25.5 percent (14-55). The Lady Raiders also outrebounded HBU, 52-35.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders open their home portion of their conference schedule on Wed., Jan. 12, against Missouri at 7 p.m. Tech then hosts Kansas State on Sat., Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network. The Lady Raiders play on the road for the next two games - at Oklahoma on Wed., Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. on the Texas Tech Sports Network and at Baylor on Sat., Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena to take on Texas on Wed., Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. and then plays at Nebraska on Sat., Jan. 29, at 7:05 p.m.

NCAA RPI
In the first NCAA RPI (rate percentage index) as of games through Jan. 2, Texas Tech is ranked 28th - the third highest team in the Big 12 behind Texas A&M (third) and Baylor (sixth).

New Website Unveiled
The women's basketball program unveiled a new fan website on Jan. 4 - www.goladyriaders.com. Fans can keep up with the Lady Raiders on this new and exciting website that features the past and the present of Lady Raider basketball. The website is an interactive site that provides video, information and a more inside look at the Texas Tech women's basketball program. Content will be updated throughout the season to keep fans up-to-date on the Lady Raiders.

Non-Conference Games
Texas Tech owns a 56-14 record in regular-season non-conference games in the Kristy Curry era, including the 13 wins and one loss this season. Of the 14 losses, four of them have been to teams ranked in the top 15 - No. 15 Stanford (2006-07), No. 10 Arizona State (2006-07); No. 3 California (2008-09) and No. 8 Tennessee (2009-10).

NCAA Stats
As of games through Jan. 2, sophomore Monique Smalls is 42nd in steals per game at 2.8, among all Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks sixth in rebounding margin at 11.2, ninth in won-lost percentage at 92.3, 10th in scoring defense at 51.4, 20th in scoring margin at 19.8, 22nd in steals at 12.2, 25th in personal fouls at 14.2, 32nd in field goal percentage defense at 35.2, 36th in assists per game at 16.2, 41st in field goal percentage at 43.8 and 44th in assist/turnover ratio at 0.95, among all Division I teams.

Ball Snatchers
Texas Tech has tallied 169 steals in its 14 games for an average of 12.1 steals per game, which ranks second in the Big 12. Senior Teena Wickett tied her career-high four steals in the wins over California and at Western Kentucky.

Smalls Starting Streak
Sophomore Monique Smalls got her 47th-straight start vs. Houston Baptist. The Woodlands, Texas, native was the only player to start all 33 games in 2009-10.

Outrebounding Opponents
In the 14 games this year, the Lady Raiders have outrebounded their opponents 11 times. Tech is outrebounding its opponents by 11.6 boards per contest, which is first in the Big 12.

Opponents Points Per Game
Texas Tech has held its opponents to just 50.3 points per game. The only opponents to score 60 or more points so far this season have been Penn State who scored 76, Pittsburgh who had 65 and Western Kentucky had 60, while Mississippi Valley State scored only 28 points. Tech has held three of its opponents to under 40 points and three to under 50 points.

Back-to-Back Double-Doubles
Junior Kierra Mallard recorded her third and fourth double-doubles of the year with 19 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in the win at Western Kentucky and 11 points and 12 boards versus Houston Baptist. Mallard has now scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games this season and has 13 career double-doubles.

Career-High Boards
Sophomore Christine Hyde tied her career-high seven rebounds, while freshman Shauntal Nobles collected a career-high six rebounds against Houston Baptist. It marked the third time in Hyde's career for her to register seven boards.

Career Highs for Brown
Sophomore Chynna Brown came off the bench to record career highs of 16 points, eight rebounds and two three-pointers in 23 minutes of play at Western Kentucky. Brown scored the last 12 points for the Lady Raiders in the first half, going 5-for-5 from the field the first half.

Another Double-Digit Game for Wickett
Senior Teena Wickett chipped in 11 points at Western Kentucky for her eighth double-digit scoring effort, marking her fourth-straight game of scoring in double figures. She also tied her career high of four steals.

Over 50 Percent from the Field
For the fourth time this season, the Lady Raiders shot over 50 percent from the field as they hit 51.9 percent (27-52) of their shots against the Lady Toppers. Tech's other three games were against Northwestern State (54 percent), a season-high 60.3 percent against Charleston Southern and 50.9 percent versus American.

Big 12 Player of the Week
Senior Teena Wickett was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week after recording game highs of 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists in Texas Tech's win over California Dec. 20. The four steals tied her career high. Six of her points came from the free throw line where she was a perfect 6-for-6. Wickett saw 33 minutes of action against the Bears.

Shining Stars in Las Vegas
Senior Teena Wickett was named MVP of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic as she averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field in Tech's wins over Pittsburgh and California. Sophomores Casey Morris and Chynna Brown were named to the all-tournament team.

Brown Sparks Lady Raiders
Sophomore Chynna Brown was a spark the Lady Raiders needed in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. She came off the bench against Pitt and had seven points, tied her season highs of six rebounds and two steals and added two assists in 20 minutes of play. Brown then scored a season-high 11 points, tied season highs of six rebounds and two steals and tallied one assist in 26 minutes versus California.

Best Game of Year for Smalls
Sophomore Monique Smalls arguably had her best overall game of the season against California. In 36 minutes of play, the floor general scored a season-high 11 points, grabbed three rebounds and added two assists and two steals.

Nobles Gets First Start
Freshman Shauntal Nobles got her first career start in the victory against California. Nobles got the start at center as junior Kierra Mallard was suffering from the stomach flu and saw just five minutes of play against the Bears.

Season High for Morris
Sophomore Casey Morris poured in a season-high 18 points against Pittsburgh in Las Vegas. Her previous season highs was 17 at New Mexico and against Sam Houston State. Her career high is 20 points versus St. Mary's (Calif.) during her freshman year at Cal.

Career High for JB
Senior Jordan Barncastle scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Northwestern State. The junior forward shot 80 percent from the field, 100 percent from three-point range and 100 percent from the charity stripe. She also finished with seven rebounds, tied a season-high three assists, tied a career-high two blocks and added a steal.

Baker Sparks Bench
Texas Tech scored 44 points from its bench against UTSA and leading the way was freshman Kelsi Baker who scored a career-high 12 points in 16 minutes of play. Baker, along with sophomore Chynna Brown, played the most minutes in the game against the Roadrunners. Since suffering a hamstring injury prior to the season, Baker has slowly moved her way up the bench and is now one of the first two substitutions into the game.

Holding Players to Under 10 Points
In two games this season, the Lady Raiders have held all players to under 10 points - Mississippi Valley State and UTSA. Both team's top scorers had just nine points.

All-Tournament Team
Junior Kierra Mallard was named MVP of the World Vision Classic, while senior Teena Wickett and sophomore Casey Morris were named to the all-tournament team. All three scored in double figures in all three games.

Season High for Mallard
Junior Kierra Mallard scored a season-high 24 points in leading Texas Tech to a 25-point win over Charleston Southern, just one point shy of tying her career high. Texas Tech scored 62 of its 82 points in the paint.

Wickett Dishes Out Career High
Senior Teena Wickett dished out a career-high eight assists in the win over Charleston Southern. Her previous high was seven against Santa Clara during her sophomore year at Pepperdine.

Lowest Opponent Output Since 2003
The Lady Raiders held Mississippi Valley State to just 28 points on Nov. 23. It was the lowest-scoring output by an opponent since Wyoming had 26 points on Dec. 6, 2003, which tied the school record. Tech also only allowed 26 points against McMurry back on Feb. 24, 1978.

Largest Rebound Margin in Six Years
Texas Tech outrebounded Mississippi Valley State by 30 boards - 56-26, marking the largest rebound margin since having 25 more than Sacramento State (57-32) on Dec. 28, 2004.

Hyde Scores Season High
Sophomore Christine Hyde came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points versus Mississippi Valley State. Hyde was just one point shy of tying her career high of 16 points which she had last year against Houston in the Postseason WNIT.

Back-to-Back Double-Digit Boards
Senior Teena Wickett recorded back-to-back games of double-digit rebounds as she grabbed 12 boards against Samford, just one shy of tying her career high of 13, which she established against UCLA during her sophomore year at Pepperdine. She then collected 11 rebounds against Idaho State the following game.

Career High for Bokenkamp
Sophomore Mary Bokenkamp came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points against Idaho State. She also connected on a career-high five three pointers in 24 minutes of action.

Poor Shooting Night
Texas Tech shot just 28.4 percent from the field against Idaho State. The Lady Raiders connected on just 19 of 67 shot attempts. The field goal percentage marked the lowest shooting percentage for Tech since shooting 27.6 percent (16-58) against Iowa State on Feb. 28, 2009.

Career High for Wickett
In her first game as a Lady Raider, senior Teena Wickett poured in a career-high 19 points in the win at New Mexico. Wickett was 8-14 from the field in 24 minutes of play.

Wright to Be Inducted into Hall of Fame
Assistant coach Shereka Wright will be inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in May 2011. Wright was the USA Today, Gatorade and WBCA Player of the Year as a senior at Copperas Cove High School in 2000. She was also named first team all-state and Miss Basketball in the state of Texas. She finished her high school career with 3,269 points.

On the Tube
Texas Tech has nine regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders will appear on FSN twice - Feb. 19 vs. Baylor and Feb. 26 vs. Oklahoma State. The game at Kansas on Jan. 8 will air in the Kansas City metro area on Metro Sports. Six games will be televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network - Samford (W, 58-42), Northwestern State (W, 91-60), Kansas State (Jan. 15), at Oklahoma (Jan. 19), Texas A&M (Feb. 5) and Oklahoma (Mar. 5). David Thetford will be doing the play-by-play for the Texas Tech Sports Network while former Lady Raider head coach Marsha Sharp will provide the color commentary. The following affiliates will televise all TTSN games:
Amarillo - KCPN-TV 33
Beaumont-Port Arthur - KUIL/MYTX
Lubbock - My Lubbock TV KMYL
Tyler-Longview - MYTX/KYTX DT-2
Waco-Temple-Bryan - KYTX/KCEN DT-2
ESPN Full Court for Oklahoma
Time Warner Cable (Texas Channel) for at Oklahoma and Texas A&M

Follow the Lady Raiders
All Lady Raider basketball games can be heard live on the Texas Tech Sports Network. TTSN has put together a seven-station network that offers coverage through the state of Texas and in parts of New Mexico. KJTV/KLZK-Lubbock serve as the network flagship stations. Listen to play-by-play by Steve Strain and color commentary by Crystal Boles as they take the court with the Lady Raiders. The following radio stations will air the Lady Raider basketball games this season:
Abilene/Haskell - KVRP 97.1 FM
Hereford - KPAN 106.3 FM
Hobbs, NM - KHOB 1390 AM
Lamesa - KPET 690 AM
Lubbock - KJTV 950 AM
Lubbock - KLZK 97.3 FM
Plainview - KVOP 1090 AM

The Kristy Curry Radio Show
Lady Raider Basketball with Kristy Curry is held on 10 Mondays throughout the season. The show is held at Ruby Tequila's located on north University Avenue from 6-7 p.m. The remaining dates are: January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28; and March 7.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Texas Tech signed standout guard Amber Battle to a National Letter of Intent to attend Texas Tech in the fall of 2011. The 5-9 Battle hails from Albuquerque, N.M. and averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a junior at Cibola High School. Battle is the 13th-ranked guard in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.com, as well as the No. 76 overall player.

 

 

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