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Texas Tech opens the home portion of its Big 12 schedule on Jan. 12 versus Missouri.

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Texas Tech (14-1/1-0 Big 12) vs. Missouri (9-6/1-0 Big 12)
Wednesday, January 12 • Lubbock, Texas
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • 7 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (14-1/1-0) opens the home portion of its Big 12 Conference schedule by hosting Missouri (9-6/1-0) on Wed., Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., at the United Spirit Arena. It is the 18th meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Steve Strain and Crystal Boles call the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at TexasTech.com through RaiderVision All Access. Live streaming is also available through RaiderVision All Access and live stats are available through GameTracker at TexasTech.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 14-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12 after a come from behind win, 61-57, at Kansas last Saturday. On the year, junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 13.8 average followed by senior Teena Wickett at 10.7 and sophomore Casey Morris at 10.1. Mallard is averaging a team-best 7.5 rebounds per outing, while Wickett is averaging 6.7. Wickett is shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Sophomore Mary Bokenkamp is shooting a team-high 43.3 percent from behind the arc, and Morris has a team-best 77.1 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Monique Smalls has team highs of 56 assists and 40 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 27 blocks. The Lady Raiders are averaging 70.6 points per game, while allowing their opponents to 50.7 points per contest. Tech is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 68.7 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Missouri enters the game with a 9-6 overall record and is 1-0 in the Big 12 after upsetting then No. 22/24 Texas, 85-80, in overtime in Columbia. On the year, senior RaeShara Brown leads the Tigers in scoring with a 16.5 average followed by junior Christine Flores at 16.1. Brown is the top rebounder, averaging 6.6 boards per contest. Brown also has team highs of 75 assists and 37 steals. Flores is the top shot blocker with 37 blocks. Mizzou is scoring 62.3 points per game, while allowing its opponents 61.6 points. The Tigers are shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 27.7 percent from the three-point arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the 18th meeting between Texas Tech and Missouri with the Lady Raiders holding an 11-6 advantage over the Tigers. Mizzou has won two of the last three games and four of the last six contests, but has never won a game in Lubbock. The Tigers won last year's game, 58-55, in overtime in Columbia on March 7. Tech's last victory came on March 7, 2009, in a 63-56 triumph in Lubbock. The Lady Raiders are 8-0 against Mizzou at home.

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 80-63 at Tech and a career record of 258-114 in 12 years. Robin Pingeton is in her first year as head coach at Missouri with a record of 9-6. She is also in her 16th year as a head coach with a career record of 347-163.

Last Year vs. Missouri - Mar. 7
The regular season came to an end for the Texas Tech women's basketball as it finished Big 12 play with a 58-55 overtime loss at Missouri. The first half was a close one as there were three lead changes as the biggest lead by either team was five points when Missouri led 11-6 as RaeShara Brown made a layup with 13:39 to go in the period. From there, Tech went on a 9-0 run to take a four-point advantage at 15-11 when Kierra Mallard hit a layup with 7:03 left on the clock. The Tigers then outscored the Lady Raiders 12-5 the remainder of the half to take a 23-20 advantage at the break. Mizzou opened the second half on a 9-2 run to go up by 10 points when Jessra Johnson made a layup at the 14:53 mark. However, Tech battled back, scoring six points in a minute and a half time span to cut the lead to four, 32-28. The Lady Raiders would tie it up, 39-39 with 5:10 to go in the contest when Ashlee Roberson rolled in a layup. The Lady Raiders' first lead of the half came at 2:41 when Mallard hit a jumper to make the score 45-43. Johnson knotted it up for Mizzou on a pair of free throws with 1:02 remaining in regulation. Tech's Monique Smalls was fouled as she drove to the basket and connected on both charity stripe attempts to give Tech back the lead at 47-45 with 47 seconds left. Christine Flores then responded with a layup for the Tigers with 30 seconds to go. Tech had the ball but was unable to get a shot off before time expired. The overtime period belonged to Mizzou as they came out strong scoring eight-straight points to take a 55-47 lead with 1:16 left. Roberson hit a three-pointer for Tech's first points of the overtime with 1:05 to play. Tech got within one, 56-55, when Jordan Murphree hit her first basket of the game, a three-pointer with 33 seconds to go. The Tigers hit two of four free throw attempts over the final 33 seconds to claim the three-point win. Mallard finished with a double-double as she had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Roberson added 14 points. Johnson led Mizzou with 18 points. Both teams finished the game shooting 37.9 percent from the field (22-58) , while Tech outrebounded the Tigers 44-36.

The Last Time Out
Going on a 10-0 run the last four minutes of the game, the Texas Tech women's basketball team fought back to claim a 61-57 victory at Kansas. Tech started the game going up 7-2 before Kansas went on a 21-2 run over an eight and a half minute span to lead 23-9 with 8:35 to go in the half. The Lady Raiders were scoreless for almost nine minutes before Monique Smalls made a layup at 8:20 to put the score 23-11 and then Kelsi Baker followed that with another layup at 7:32 to trim the lead to 10 at 23-13. With the Jayhawks holding a 10-point advantage at 25-15, Tech outscored KU 6-2 to cut the lead to 27-21 on a layup by Baker with 3:52 to go. In the final three and half minutes of the first period, KU outscored Tech 7-4 to take a 34-25 lead at the half. Tech shot just 28.9 percent from the field in the first half - hitting just 11 of 38 shot attempts. The Jayhawks came out the second half scoring two-straight buckets the first 50 seconds of play to go up 38-25. KU got its biggest lead of the game of 15 points on a layup by Monica Engleman with 16 minutes remaining in the contest. Tech fought back over the next four minutes and got within three points, 47-44, when Casey Morris sank a 15-foot jumper at 12:23. The Lady Raiders outscored KU 15-3 during that time frame. The Jayhawks went up by eight, 52-44, on a layup by Marisha Brown with 10:19 to go. Tech responded by going on a 6-0 run, capped off by a short jumper by Chynna Brown with just over six minutes to play. KU then scored back-to-back baskets to take a 57-51 advantage with 5:15 to go, which would be the last points it scored in the game. The Lady Raiders went on a 10-0 run from the 4:18 mark, which started with a layup by Smalls, and then followed by a jumper by Kierra Mallard and another layup by Smalls to tie the score at 57-57 with 56 seconds left. Chynna then gave Tech the lead with 19 seconds to go as she made a layup. She sealed the deal on a pair of free throws with five seconds left on the clock to give the Lady Raiders the four-point win. During the last five minutes of the game, the Jayhawks missed eight shots. Mallard finished the game with her third-straight double-double as she had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Teena Wickett also had a team-high 15 points. Aishah Sutherland scored a game-high 17 points to lead KU. The Jayhawks outshot Tech - 44.2 percent (23-52) to 39.1 percent (25-64). However, the Lady Raiders shot 53.8 percent the second half. Tech outrebounded KU 43-32.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech 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.goladyraiders.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.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Jan. 9, Texas Tech ranks fourth in rebounding margin at 11.5, seventh in scoring defense at 50.7, seventh in won-lost percentage at 93.9, 15th in scoring margin at 19.9, 24th in personal fouls at 14.3, 30th in field goal percentage defense at 35.1, 33rd in steals at 11.9, 38th in assists at 15.9, 40th in three-point field goal percentage defense at 27.5, 42nd in assist/turnover ratio at 0.96 and 46th in field goal percentage at 43.5, among all Division I teams.

Ball Snatchers
Texas Tech has tallied 178 steals in its 15 games for an average of 11.9 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.

Outrebounding Opponents
In the 15 games this year, the Lady Raiders have outrebounded their opponents 12 times. Tech is outrebounding its opponents by 11.5 boards per contest, which is first in the Big 12.

Opponents Points Per Game
Texas Tech has held its opponents to just 50.7 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.

Mallard Cracks Top 10 in Blocks
Junior Kierra Mallard cracked the top 10 in career blocks this season and currently stands sixth all-time with 118 blocks. Standing in fifth is Gwen McCray (1979-83) with 135.

Smalls Starting Streak
Sophomore Monique Smalls got her 48th-straight start at Kansas. The Woodlands, Texas, native was the only player to start all 33 games in 2009-10.

Three-Straight Double-Doubles
Junior Kierra Mallard had her fourth and fifth double-doubles of the year last week as she had 11 points and 12 rebounds versus Houston Baptist and 15 points and 11 rebounds at Kansas. Mallard has registered three-straight double-doubles in the last three contests as she had 11 points and 12 rebounds at Western Kentucky as well. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 15 games this season and has 14 career double-doubles.

Ninth Double-Digit Effort for Wickett
Senior Teena Wickett also finished with a team-high 15 points at Kansas, marking her ninth game of the season of double-figure scoring. The 15 points was her third-highest output of the year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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