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Texas Tech hosts Colorado on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

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Jan. 10, 2010

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Game 16 vs. Colorado • January 12, 2010
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas. • 7 p.m. • TTSN

The Game
Texas Tech (12-3/0-1) returns home for its second Big 12 Conference game as it hosts Colorado (11-3/1-0) on Tues., Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. It is the 21st meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
The game is being televised Texas Tech Sports Network as David Thetford (play-by-play) and Crystal Boles (color analyst) call the game. It will air locally in Lubbock on KMYL - My Lubbock TV, and in Waco on MYTX-2. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Steve Strain calls the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at www.texastech.com through RaiderVision All-Access. Live streaming is also available through RaiderVision All-Access and live stats are available through gametracker at www.texastech.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 12-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12 after losing at No. 14/15 Oklahoma, 73-58, on Saturday. On the year, sophomore Kierra Mallard paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.4 average followed by senior Jordan Murphree at 11.4 and senior Ashlee Roberson at 10.4. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 9.3 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.6 rebounds. Mallard is shooting 48.8 percent from the field, while freshman Mary Bokenkamp is shooting 50 percent from the three-point arc and senior Tilmila Martin is shooting 88.5 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Monique Smalls has a team-high 62 assists. Murphree leads the team in steals with 42. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 33 blocks. Tech is shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from the three-point range and 68.1 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Colorado owns an 11-3 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Big 12 after defeating Missouri, 64-48, on Saturday. In that game, junior Brittany Spears scored a game-high 16 points while senior Courtney Dunn and freshman Chucky Jeffery each had 12 points and sophomore Alyssa Fressle chipped in 11. Spears grabbed nine rebounds and Jeffery tallied four assists and five steals. Freshman Meagan Malcolm-Peck collected two blocks. On the year, Spears leads the Buffaloes in scoring at 19.5 points per game followed by senior Bianca Smith at 13.8. Spears is also the top rebounder, grabbing 8.7 boards per outing. Jeffery has a team-high 44 assists and Spears leads the team in steals with 34. Malcolm-Peck is the top shot blocker with 25 blocks. Colorado is shooting 44 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from the three-point line and 77.3 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the 21st meeting between Texas Tech and Colorado with the Lady Raiders holding a 15-5 advantage over the Buffaloes. Tech won last year's game, 68-60, in Boulder on Jan. 28. The Lady Raiders also won the last time the two played in Lubbock, 62-44, on Jan. 26, 2008. The Buffaloes were victorious twice in 2007 - 70-67, Feb. 3, in Boulder and 71-67, March 6, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. The Lady Raiders have won six of the last eight contests. Tech is 6-1 against Colorado in Lubbock. The Buffaloes' only win in the Hub City was a 74-69 overtime victory on Feb. 3, 2002.

The Coaches
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her fourth season at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Curry has compiled a record of 60-50 at Tech and a career record of 239-101 in 11 years. Kathy McConnell-Miller is in her fifth year as head coach at Colorado with a record of 63-74. She is also in her 11th year as a head coach with a career record of 154-162.

Last Year vs. Colorado
Jan. 28, 2009 - Dominic Seals scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech to a 66-60 victory at Colorado, giving Tech its second-straight road victory. The Buffaloes jumped out to a 14-4 run in the first five minutes of the game before Tech took over going on a 13-0 run in the next four minutes to go up 17-14. Kelly Jo Mullaney hit a layup with 2:04 to go to put the Buffs up by one at 26-25. Tech's Maria Moore hit a three-pointer with 38 seconds left to give the Lady Raiders a 30-27 lead at the half, an advantage it would never relinquish. The second half saw the Lady Raiders get it largest lead of the game of 14 points on a baseline three-pointer by Ashlee Roberson with 9:01 remaining in the game to put the score at 54-40. With just over four minutes to go, Colorado got within four points on a three-pointer by Brittany Spears, but that was the closest the Buffs would get as Tech hung on to claim the six-point victory. Along with Seals, Jordan Murphree also scored in double figures with 13 points. Kierra Mallard had a game-high nine rebounds, while Murphree and Roberson grabbed eight and seven boards, respectively. Murphree also had four assists. Brittany Spears led Colorado with 26 points. Tech outshot Colorado 49 percent to 39.7 percent from the field. The Lady Raiders also outrebounded the Buffaloes 38-to-30.

The Last Time Out
January 9 - (AP) - Amanda Thompson scored 17 points and Danielle Robinson added 15 to help No. 14 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 73-58 on Saturday in the Big 12 conference opener for both teams. Abi Olajuwon had 12 points and Nyeshia Stevenson 11 as the Sooners beat Tech for the ninth straight time. Kierra Mallard and Tilmila Martin scored 14 points each for Texas Tech. Tech led only once, 12-10, but the Sooners went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-14 advantage. Oklahoma extended the lead to 11 before Tech scored the final six points of the half to trail 36-31 at the break. Texas Tech got within 45-42, but Oklahoma scored 10 of the next 12 points to put the game away. Oklahoma outrebounded Tech 40-28, with Stevenson pulling down a game-high 10. Both teams had 21 turnovers.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will play Texas in Lubbock on Sat., Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. on FSN. The Lady Raiders then play at Texas A&M on Sat., Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. Tech returns home for two-straight games - Wed., Jan. 27, vs. Nebraska at 7 p.m., and Sat., Jan. 30, vs. Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Both games will be televised on the TTSN. The Lady Raiders then hit the road for two-straight games playing at Iowa State on Wed., Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., and at Texas on Sun., Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena to take on Texas A&M on Wed., Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Jan. 7, senior Tilmila Martin ranks 15th in free throw percentage at 89.5, sophomore Kierra Mallard ranks 29th in blocked shots per game at 2.2, freshman Monique Smalls is 33rd in assist/turnover ratio at 2.00 and senior Ashlee Roberson ranks 44th in rebounds per game at 9.4, among all NCAA Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks 15th in steals per game at 11.9, 20th in won-lost percentage at 85.7, 22nd in three-point field goal percentage defense at 26.5, 30th in personal fouls at 15.0, 36th in scoring defense at 56.6 and 44th in scoring margin at 13.1, among all NCAA Division I teams.

Murphree Reaches 1,000 Points
Senior Jordan Murphree reached the 1,000th-career point plateau at UCLA with her third basket of the game, a three-pointer. Murphree finished with a season-high 22 points. She now has 1,060 career points, which ranks 25th all-time at Texas Tech.

Cracking the Top 10
Senior Jordan Murphree enters the game just one steal shy of cracking the top 10 on Texas Tech's career steals list. Murphree has 176 steals in her career, just one short of tying Krista Kirkland (1989-93) for 10th with 177. Standing in ninth is Gwen McCray (1980-83) with 190. Katrisa O'Neal (1997-01) holds the school record for steals with 352.

School Record Set for Fewest Turnovers
After committing season highs of 28 and 27 turnovers in back-to-back games, the Lady Raiders went on to set a new school record for fewest turnovers in a game when they had just two against Savannah State. It broke the old school record of five which occurred twice - against Texas A&M in 1983 and UTSA in 2003.

Big Day for Brown
Freshman Chynna Brown came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points and grab a career-high four rebounds in just 14 minutes of play against Savannah State. Her previous career high was six points.

Mallard, Roberson Both Get Another Double-Double
For the second time in three games, sophomore Kierra Mallard and senior Ashlee Roberson both recorded double-doubles in a game as they did so at Tulane. Mallard had 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, while Roberson finished with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. It was Mallard's fourth double-double of the season and the fifth for Roberson. Both were named to the Tulane DoubleTree Classic All-Tournament Team.

Martin Pours in Career High
Senior Tilmila Martin poured in a career-high 20 points against North Dakota. Martin was a perfect 100 percent from the field (5-5), including 2-2 from the three-point arc, and from the free throw line (8-8).

Fifty Percent from the Field for the Third Time
For the third time this season and the first time since Nov. 22, Texas Tech shot 50 percent or better from the field as it shot 53.1 percent against North Dakota. The Lady Raiders were 26-of-49 from the field against the Fighting Sioux. Tech's season-best field goal percentage was 53.7 versus Sam Houston State in the season opener, while also shooting 50 percent against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 22).

Smalls Scores Career High
Freshman Monique Smalls had just her second double-digit scoring effort which resulted in a career-high 11 points against North Dakota. Her previous career high of 10 points came against Texas State on Dec. 2.

Losing Control
Texas Tech committed a season-high 28 turnovers against North Dakota and then the next night turned the ball over 27 times at Tulane. On the year, the Lady Raiders are averaging 18.9 turnovers a game.

Two with Double-Doubles
Senior Ashlee Roberson and sophomore Kierra Mallard both recorded double-doubles in the win over Mercer, marking the first time two Lady Raiders had a double-double in the same game since beating Lamar last year on Nov. 21, 2008. Roberson had 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Mallard finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Smalls Grabs Big
Freshman Monique Smalls grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Mercer. The 5-6 point guard improved over her previous career high of five, which she had two times this season.

Murphree Racking Up the Steals
Senior Jordan Murphree tallied a career-high seven steals at UCLA, breaking her old career high of five which she had on three occasions. She currently leads the team in steals with 42, averaging 2.8 per game. The Lady Raiders currently lead all Big 12 schools in steals per game at 11.9.

Double-Digit Rebounding
Senior Ashlee Roberson had her fourth-straight game of double-digit rebounding with 11 boards against Lamar. She has had double-digit rebounds in eight games this season, including five double-doubles.

Mallard Pours in Career High
Sophomore Kierra Mallard poured in a career-high 25 points against Texas State Wednesday night breaking her previous high of 23 points, which she had against Savannah State last season. It was the first time in her career to turn in back-to-back games of 20 or more points as she had 21 against Prairie View A&M in the game prior.

Three Receive Tournament Honors
Sophomore Kierra Mallard averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tourney to be named MVP of the tournament. Mallard scored a then season-high 21 points against Prairie View A&M, while recording her first double-double of the season and the fifth of her career with 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds against Texas-Arlington. She also added career highs of six blocks and four assists versus UTA. Senior Ashlee Roberson and freshman Monique Smalls were named to the all-tournament team as well.

Tech Holds Opponents to Under 40 in Back-to-Back Games
For the first time since December 2003, the Lady Raiders held consecutive opponents to under 40 points. Texas Tech allowed 38 points to San Francisco and 37 to Texas-Arlington.

Raining 3s
Texas Tech hit 13 three-pointers against UAPB, barely missing the school record of 14 for most three-pointers in a game. The Lady Raiders shot 56.5 percent (13-23) long range.

Doing Dishes
Texas Tech finished the UAPB game with 25 assists, which marked the first time it had done so since tallying 30 against Miami on Dec. 6, 2004. Of those 25, freshman Monique Smalls dished out a career-high eight assists and did not commit a turnover versus UAPB.

Freshmen in the Backcourt
Freshmen Monique Smalls and Chynna Brown got the start in the backcourt in their first collegiate game. Smalls started at the one, while Brown got the nod at the two. It marked the first time two freshmen had started in the backcourt in their first collegiate game since Julie Lake and Rene Hanebutt did so against Kent State on Nov. 24, 1995, at the Coors/Rocky Mountain Invitational at Colorado State.

Team Captains
In a vote by their teammates, seniors Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson and freshman Lindie Kimbro were selected team captains for the 2009-10 season.

Coaches Have Ties
Head coach Kristy Curry has put together a staff that is very familiar with each other. Curry has ties with all of her three assistant coaches with the first being her husband, Kelly Curry. Kelly has been on both of Kristy's staffs as a assistant coach at Purdue and Texas Tech, while Brooke Stoehr and Shereka Wright were both players for Kristy and Kelly. Stoehr, the former Brooke Lassiter was a guard at Louisiana Tech from 1998-2002 and played one season for Kristy and Kelly when they were both assistant coaches for the Lady Techsters. That year, 1999, Louisiana Tech advanced to the NCAA Final Four. In the spring of 1999, Kristy became the head coach at Purdue and in the fall of 1999 she signed Wright to attend Purdue. Wright helped lead Purdue to the 2001 National Championship game and was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.

Murphree and Wright Connection
Assistant coach Shereka Wright and senior Jordan Murphree may have several things in common but one thing for sure is that both had the same high school coach, Skip Townsend. Townsend coached Wright at Copperas Cove High School and Murphree at Brock High School.

Elite Team
Freshman Mary Bokenkamp was one of seven players from her high school team, Regis Jesuit, last year to sign with a Division I school. The six other players signed with Gonzaga (Meghan Winters), Montana State (Kelsey Roben), Pepperdine (Keyah Shealy), Santa Clara (Ruta Zurauskyte), UCLA (Mariah Williams) and Utah (Diana Rolniak).

International Flair
Freshman Christine Hyde is just the second international player to don a Lady Raider uniform. Hyde comes to the South Plains from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The first international player for the Lady Raiders was Patrice Edwards (2004-07) from Trinidad-Tobago.

New Faces
Texas Tech has eight new faces in its locker room this year. Five of the eight are currently active - freshmen Marissa Ashton, Chynna Brown, Mary Bokenkamp, Christine Hyde and Monique Smalls. Freshman Shauntal Nobles is redshirting this year after rupturing her Achilles during preseason workouts. Sophomore transfer Casey Morris is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, and junior transfer Teena Wickett has applied for a wavier to play this season. If the waiver is approved, she will suit up this year, if not, then she will wait to play until the 2010-11 season.

Degree in Hand
In May 2009, senior Jordan Murphree graduated cum laude in just three years. The Brock, Texas, native received her bachelor's degree in exercise and sport sciences and is currently working on a second degree in human development and family studies. Seniors Ashlee Roberson and Tilmila Martin both graduated in December with degrees in human development and family studies.

On the Tube
Texas Tech will have 12 regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders will appear on ESPNU three times, FSN twice, FSN Kansas City (FSNKC) once and the Texas Tech Sports Network (TTSN) six times. Tech will play Tennessee (L, 53-91), at Texas (Feb. 7) and Kansas (Feb. 21) on ESPNU. The Lady Raiders' games on FSN include Texas (Jan. 16) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 28). Tech's game at Kansas State (Feb. 24) will be on FSNKC. The six games on TTSN are Arkansas-Pine Bluff (W, 97-57), Savannah State (W, 69-40), at Oklahoma (L, 58-73), Colorado (Jan. 12), Nebraska (Jan. 27) and Oklahoma (Jan. 30).

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 as he takes 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

Lady Raider Basketball with Kristy Curry
Kristy Curry's weekly television show, Lady Raider Basketball with Kristy Curry, will be televised every Sunday starting Jan. 10. The show will air on FOX34 at 10 p.m. and My Lubbock TV at 10:30 p.m.

The Kristy Curry Radio Show
The Kristy Curry Radio Show is held each Monday from 6-7 p.m., at Ruby Tequila's on north University Ave. across from campus. The show will air on Double T 104.3 (KTTU FM) locally.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
The Lady Raiders inked four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. This year's class consists of 6-0 forward Kelsi Baker (Mesquite, Texas/John Horn), who is the 12th-ranked power forward and No. 71 overall player by ESPN HoopGurlz, 5-10 guard Antiesha Brown (Clovis, N.M./Clovis), 6-5 center Haley Schneider (Lubbock, Texas/Monterey) and 6-2 forward Ebony Walker (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia), who is the 25th-ranked power forward by ESPN HoopGurlz.

 

 

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