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GAME PREVIEW: No. 1 Baylor at No. 14 Texas Tech

Texas Tech and Baylor play at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Texas Tech and Baylor play at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

Jan. 17, 2012

Who: No. 1/1 Baylor Lady Bears (17-0, 4-0) at No. 17/20 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (14-2, 2-2)

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Where: United Spirit Arena (15,098), Lubbock, Texas

TV: RaiderVision All-Access (Online) / KCEN - Waco

Play-by-Play: David Thetford / Analyst: David Collier

Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network - 97.3 FM (Lubbock)

Play-by-Play: Steve Strain / Analyst: Crystal Boles


This will be the 73rd matchup between the two schools. Texas Tech leads the all-time series against Baylor, 47-25. Tech and Baylor split home wins last season, including a thrilling 56-45 Tech win over then-No. 1 Baylor on Feb. 19. It was the first win over Baylor since Jan. 15, 2006 and first win for Kristy Curry against Baylor and Kim Mulkey. Texas Tech has not beat Baylor in back-to-back seasons since 2004.

2011 Meetings

Date                Game                                                       Site

Jan. 22           No. 1 Baylor 64, Texas Tech 51                   Waco

Feb. 19           Texas Tech 56, No. 1 Baylor 45                   Lubbock

TEXAS TECH LADY RAIDERS (14-2, 2-2 Big 12)


Coach: Kristy Curry

Overall: 281-126 (13)

at Tech: 102-75 (6)

vs. Baylor: 1-9

NO.      NAME                       HT      P          YR        STATS

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

15       Casey Morris              5-9      G          JR          9.9 pts/game

  5        Christine Hyde          5-10    G          JR          8.9 pts/game

41       Kelsi Baker                 6-0      F          SO         7.3 pts/game

20       Kierra Mallard             6-3      F          SR       14.0 pts/game

LAST TIME OUT: L, 62-61 to Kansas State.

BAYLOR LADY BEARS (17-0, 4-0 Big 12)


Coach: Kim Mulkey

Overall: 315-79 (12)

at Baylor: 315-79 (12)

vs. Tech: 17-7

NO.      NAME                         HT      P          YR           STATS

  0        Odyssey Sims             5-9      G          SO        16.5 pts/game

  1        Kimetria Hayden         6-0      G          JR           8.9 pts/game

  3        Jordan Madden           6-0      G          JR          5.4 pts/game

10       Destiny Williams          6-1      F          RS-JR     9.9 pts/game

42       Brittney Griner            6-8      C          JR         22.8 pts/game


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.

STARTS THIS SEASON: Monique Smalls (16), Christine Hyde (16), Casey Morris (16), Kierra Mallard (16), Kelsi Baker (14), Shauntal Nobles (2).


Texas Tech has two wins over No. 1-ranked teams , including last season's 56-45 win over Baylor on Feb. 19 in Lubbock. Tech's only other win against a No. 1-ranked team during the regular season was when it beat Texas, 62-49, on Feb. 22, 2004.


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 4.17 assist-to-turnover ratio, totaling 75 assists and only 18 turnovers.


Senior forward Kierra Mallard has 17 blocks in her last six games. She is now second all-time at Texas Tech with 193 blocks. Mallard passed Crystal Boles (191) and is behind all-time leader Cisti Greenwalt who had 300 blocks in her Lady Raider career. Mallard had a season-high five blocks in Texas Tech's 58-53 win over Oklahoma State on Jan. 4.


Junior guard Christine Hyde scored a career-high 21 points on Wednesday night in the loss to Oklahoma. Hyde scored 16 of her 21 in the second half, hitting 6 of 10 from the field. She's the fourth player to score more than 20 points in a game this year (Morris 24, Mallard 22, Brown 21).


Texas Tech ended its winning streak at 14 games with a 71-68 loss to Oklahoma. The Lady Raiders 14-0 start prior to the loss is the second-best start in program history, second only to the 2003-04 squad that started that season 15-0. The 14-0 start is also the best for any team under Kristy Curry in her 13 years of coaching.


Texas Tech matched its highest Associated Press Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll rankings in six years with a No. 10 ranking in The AP Poll and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll on Jan. 9. Tech has been ranked for nine consecutive weeks now in The AP Poll and seven weeks in the Coaches Poll.



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