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GAME PREVIEW: No. 13 Texas Tech at Missouri




Jan. 7, 2012

Who: No. 13/17 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (13-0, 1-0) at Missouri Tigers (10-2, 8-1)

When: 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012

Where: Mizzou Arena (15,061) Columbia, Mo.

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network 97.3 FM (Lubbock)

Play-by-play: Steve Strain


Texas Tech leads the all-time series against Missouri, 12-6 but has not won in Columbia since 2004. The Lady Raiders are 2-5 in Columbia. The two teams have traded home wins over the past seven seasons. Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is looking for her first win in Columbia, losing games in 2008 and 2010. This will be just the second meeting between Curry and Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton. Texas Tech won the meeting in Lubbock last year, 63-56, overcoming a 14-point deficit as Chynna Brown led the Lady Raiders with 22 points off the bench.


This past fall, The Big 12 Conference and the women’s basketball community lost two tremendous ambassadors of the game in Oklahoma State Head Coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. They were killed in a plane crash on Nov.17 alongside OSU alumni Olin and Paula Branstetter while returning to Stillwater from a recruiting trip in Arkansas.

Texas Tech Athletics pays tribute to the memory of Coach Budke and Coach Serna and offer our condolences to our friends and colleagues at Oklahoma State University. Players, coaches and staff members will wear the 4 logo on their jerseys and shirts throughout the season.

Guns Up and Ride With Pride.




NO.      NAME                            HT        P          YR        STATS

23         Monique Smalls              5-6        G          JR          7.9 pts/game

15         Casey Morris                 5-9        G          JR        10.0 pts/game

  5        Christine Hyde               5-10      G          JR          8.3 pts/game

41         Kelsi Baker                    6-0        F          SO         7.8 pts/game

20         Kierra Mallard                 6-3        F          SR       14.2 pts/game


NO.      NAME                            HT        P          YR           STATS

32         Liene Preide                   5-10      G          JR        8.7 pts/game

21         Sidney Crafton               5-10      G          JR        5.6 pts/game

15         Kylie Simmons               5-7        G          FR        3.5 pts/game

50         Christine Flores              6-3        F          SR         20.9 pts/game

22         BreAnna Brock               6-2        F          SR        15.9 pts/game

STARTS THIS SEASON: Monique Smalls (13), Christine Hyde (13), Casey Morris (13), Kierra Mallard (13), Kelsi Baker (11), Shauntal Nobles (2).



LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Kierra Mallard had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help Texas Tech (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) remain undefeated with a 58-53 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Mallard grabbed a crucial offensive rebound after a pair of missed free throws with Texas Tech leading by only three with 11 seconds to play.

Casey Morris made two free throws seconds later to seal the win.

Oklahoma State (8-2, 0-1 Big 12) trailed by eight points early in the second half, but the Cowgirls held Texas Tech (13-0, 1-0) to one basket over the next 8 minutes for a 39-34 lead.

Texas Tech took the lead for good with 3:30 to play on a 3-pointer by Mary Bokenkamp. Oklahoma State pulled within a point with 15 seconds left before a pair of free throws by Monique Smalls gave the Lady Raiders their three-point lead.


Kristy Curry won her 100th game at Texas Tech with a 58-57 win over San Diego on Dec. 30. She is second in all-time coaching wins at Texas Tech only to Hall of Fame coach Marsha Sharp. Here is how the all-time wins at Texas Tech break down by each head coach and era:

YEARS              COACH                         RECORD

2006-now           Kristy Curry                   101-73

1982-2006          Marsha Sharp                 572-175

1980-1982          Donna Wick                   30-29

1977-1980          Gay Benson                   73-47

1975-77             Susie Lynch                   33-35     



Texas Tech extended its winning streak to 13 games with a 58-53 win over Oklahoma State. The Lady Raiders are just one of two Big 12 Conference teams (Baylor) who are still undefeated and one of six teams nationally who are undefeated (Baylor, Colorado, Green Bay, Maryland, Ohio State).


Senior forward Kierra Mallard has 12 blocks in her last three games to bring her career total to 188. She is now third all-time at Texas Tech behind Crystal Boles (191) and Cisti Greenwalt (300). She had a season-high five blocks in Texas Tech’s 58-53 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday.


Senior forward Kierra Mallard tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds in Texas Tech’s 58-53 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday for her fifth double-double of the season and 21st of her career. Mallard leads all Tech players with five double-doubles this season. She leads all Tech players in points per game (14.2), rebounds per game (9.5), and blocks per game (2.6).


Shauntal Nobles and junior guard Chynna Brown were named to the Surf n’ Slam Classic All-Tournament Team while senior forward Kierra Mallard was named Tournament MVP. Both Nobles and Brown came off the bench and did not start either game. Nobles had 22 points and 12 rebounds in the two games including a career-high 14 against CSU Bakersfield. Brown led Tech with 14 on Friday night and had seven rebounds in the two games. Mallard totaled 26 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks over the weekend.


The Texas Tech - Penn State game on Dec. 3 was the 11th-highest attended game this season for all NCAA Division I women’s basketball games with 8,932 in attendance for the 70-66 win.


Texas Tech matched its highest Associated Press Poll and USA Today/Coaches Poll rankings in six years with a No. 13 ranking in The AP Poll and No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. Tech has been ranked for seven consecutive weeks now in The AP Poll.


Junior guard Casey Morris scored a career-high 24 points and had a career-high six 3-pointers to lead Texas Tech on Dec. 21. Morris beat her previous high of 23 points in last season’s loss against Texas A&M on Feb. 5, She hit five 3-pointers twice last season at home against Sam Houston State (Nov. 28, 2010) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 26). She’s set five career-highs this season for points, 3-pointers, rebounds, assists and steals.


Texas Tech won its 800th game on Nov. 26, 2011 with a 76-43 win over Central Arkansas. With the win, Tech became only the 15th NCAA women’s basketball program to win at least 800 games in program history.

All-Time Winningest Programs (By Wins, Updated Jan. 2)

Rank    Team                First Season     Wins    Losses

1.         Tennessee           1903                 1,173    259

2.         Louisiana Tech     1975                 1,007    220

3.         Old Dominion       1970                 932       335

4.         James Madison     1921                 914       493

5.         Stephen F. Austin 1969                 914       378

6.         Texas                 1977                 877       297

7.         Ohio St.              1966                 875       363

8.         Tennessee Tech   1971                 841       425

9.         Stanford             1977                 842       276

10.        Georgia             1974                 822       346

11.        Penn St             1965                 816       376

12.        Kansas St          1969                 812       481

13.        Connecticut       1983                 808       181

13.        Texas Tech       1975               808       373

13.        Long Beach St    1964                 808       461

16.        Auburn              1972                 804       367

17.        Green Bay                                 801       305


Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is 12-0 for the first time in her 13 years as a head coach. Tech is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season when the Lady Raiders got off to a 15-0 start.


Texas Tech shot a season-best 53.3 percent from the field (24 of 45) and had eight or more 3-pointers for the fourth time this season (8 at Houston, 9 vs. Penn State, 10 vs. Texas-Arlington).


Texas Tech held Western Kentucky to just 22 percent shooting on the floor (13 of 59) – the lowest field goal percentage by a Tech opponent this season. The 13 field goals ties an opponent low for 2011 (Central Arkansas). The 38 points scored are also the lowest by a Tech opponent.


Texas Tech junior point guard Monique Smalls had a career-high 11 assists on Dec. 7 against UTA. She also did not have a turnover for the third-consecutive game. Smalls is currently leading the country with a 3.86-to-1 assist to turnover ratio, totaling 50 assists and only nine turnovers.


Texas Tech leads the Big 12 Conference and is No. 7 nationally with 14.8 steals per game this season. The Lady Raiders have 18 or more steals against four opponents this season (UTA, Texas State, UMKC and New Mexico).


Texas Tech is third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring margin (25.6) and 10th overall in the country. The Lady Raiders are also second in conference in scoring with 79 points per game - 11th nationally.

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