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Tech Plays Its Second-Straight Top 10 Team in No. 6 Nebraska

The Lady Raiders play their second-straight top 10 team as they host Nebraska on Jan. 27.
The Lady Raiders play their second-straight top 10 team as they host Nebraska on Jan. 27.

Jan. 25, 2010

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Game 19 vs. #6/6 Nebraska • January 27, 2010
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas • 7 p.m. • TTSN

The Game
Texas Tech (13-5/1-3) returns to the United Spirit Arena for two-straight home games beginning with No. 6/6 Nebraska (17-0/4-0) on Wed., Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. It is the 17th meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
The game is being televised on the 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, in Waco and Beaumont on MYTX-2, Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports Plus (not available in all markets). 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 through RaiderVision All-Access. Live streaming is also available through RaiderVision All-Access and live stats are available through gametracker at

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 13-5 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12 after losing at then No. 9/9 Texas A&M, 69-54, on Saturday. On the year, sophomore Kierra Mallard paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.9 average followed by senior Ashlee Roberson at 12.5 and senior Jordan Murphree at 12.3. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 9.1 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.7 rebounds. Mallard is shooting 47.1 percent from the field, while freshman Mary Bokenkamp is shooting 44.4 percent from the three-point arc and senior Tilmila Martin is shooting 87.7 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Monique Smalls has a team-high 76 assists. Murphree leads the team in steals with 43. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 46 blocks. Tech is shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from the three-point range and 68.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
No. 6/6 Nebraska is only one of two unbeaten teams in the country with a 17-0 overall record and 4-0 in the Big 12 after beating Kansas State, 71-56, last Saturday. In that game, senior Kelsey Griffin scored a game-high 22 points, while seniors Yvonne Turner and Cory Montgomery added 20 and 15, respectively. Junior Dominique Kelley chipped in 10. Griffin grabbed 12 rebounds and freshman Lindsey Moore had nine assists and three steals. On the year, Griffin leads the Huskers in scoring at 19.0 points per outing followed by Montgomery at 13.2, Turner at 12.2 and Kelley at 11.5. Griffin is the top rebounder in the Big 12, averaging 10.4 boards a game. Moore has a team-high 71 assists, while Griffin leads the team in steals with 31. Junior Catheryn Redmon is the top shot blocker with 38 blocks. Nebraska is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from the three-point arc and 69 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the 17th meeting between Texas Tech and Nebraska with the Lady Raiders holding a 13-3 advantage over the Huskers. Tech has won 11 of the last 12 games. However, Nebraska won last year's contest, 60-53, on Feb. 14, in Lincoln. The Lady Raiders were victorious the last time in Lubbock, 65-56, Feb. 24, 2008. The Huskers have never won in Lubbock as Tech is 7-0 against Nebraska at home.

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 61-52 at Tech and a career record of 240-103 in 11 years. Connie Yori is in her eighth year as head coach at Nebraska with a record of 138-97. She is also in her 20th year as a head coach with a career record of 333-237.

Last Year vs. Nebraska
Feb. 14, 2009 - The Texas Tech women's basketball team suffered a six-point lost at Nebraska, 62-56, which snapped a 12-game winning streak against the Huskers. Nebraska dominated most of the game as Tech led only one time which was early in the first half, 7-5, at the 14:54 mark. The Huskers took the lead back at 9-7 on a jumper by Yvonne Turner with 14:09 to go before the Tiny Henderson hit a jumper for the Lady Raiders to knot the score at 19 with five minutes remaining in the half. From there, the Huskers finished the half on a 9-4 run to lead 28-23 at the break. Nebraska opened the second half on a 13-4 run in the first five minutes of action to go up 41-27. Turner hit a layup at the 7:47 mark to give the Huskers a 19-point lead at 56-37, their largest advantage of the game. After a timeout called by Tech coach Kristy Curry with 7:45 remaining, the Lady Raiders went on a 16-2 run over the next six minutes to cut the lead to five at 58-53. Tech got within four at 60-56 on a three-pointer by Jordan Murphree with 50 seconds left in the contest. Murphree's three-pointer was her third-straight in under a minute and a half of play. However, Nebraska hung on to claim the six-point victory. Murphree led the Lady Raiders with 18 points, while Kierra Mallard finished with 13 and Henderson added 10. Mallard also grabbed nine rebounds. Cory Montgomery had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskers. Tech outrebounded Nebraska 43-32, and the Huskers outshot the Lady Raiders 43.4 percent to 35.9 percent. The Lady Raiders also committed 23 turnovers, their second most in Big 12 play this year and the third most this season.

The Last Time Out
January 23 - (AP) - Danielle Adams had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead No. 9 Texas A&M to a 69-54 win over Texas Tech. Adams is the 13th player in Big 12 history to record a triple-double and the second at Texas A&M. Her 10 blocks are a school record and her performance came in her first start in a conference game. The win puts the Aggies back on track after last week's defeat at No. 13 Oklahoma and is Texas Tech's second straight loss. Texas A&M jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in this one. Texas Tech its deficit to seven points several times in the second half, but couldn't get any closer. The last time Texas Tech got within seven, A&M went on a 10-3 run to push the lead to 65-51 and put the game out of reach with less than four minutes remaining. The Lady Raiders didn't have an answer for the 6-foot-1 Adams on Saturday and last year's junior college player of the year was simply too strong for Texas Tech to contend with. One of her blocks came after she hustled to her feet after being knocked to the ground by a Lady Raider seconds earlier and she also had a pair of steals. Tanisha Smith added 13 points for A&M and Tyra White added 11. The Aggies fought off several comeback attempts by Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders closed the gap to seven points with about 12 minutes remaining before Texas A&M went on a five-point run capped by a steal and 3-point play by Adams that made it 52-40. Texas Tech's Jordan Murphree, who entered the game averaging 13 points, had four fouls by halftime and finished with no points. Kierra Mallard had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Raiders and Tilmila Martin had eight points. The Aggies jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Texas Tech finally got going and score five straight points. The Lady Raiders cut the lead to 20-16 after four straight free throws with about eight minutes remaining in the first half. Texas A&M responded with eight straight points to extend its lead and was up 37-28 at halftime.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma on Sat., Jan. 30, 2 p.m. on the Texas Tech Sports Network (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. The Lady Raiders go back on the road for two-consecutive games - at Oklahoma State on Sat., Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at Baylor on Wed., Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Tech faces Kansas on Sun., Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. on ESPNU and plays at Kansas State on Wed., Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. on FSNKC. The last two home games will be against Oklahoma State on Sun., Feb. 28, at 12 p.m. on FSN and Wed., March 3, versus Baylor at 7 p.m.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Jan. 21, sophomore Kierra Mallard ranks 16th in blocked shots per game at 2.5, senior Tilmila Martin ranks 26th in free throw percentage at 87.3 and freshman Monique Smalls is 26th in assist/turnover ratio at 2.06, among all NCAA Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks 25th in steals per game at 11.4, 26th in three-point field goal percentage defense at 27.4, 41st in won-lost percentage at 76.5, 46th in scoring margin at 10.4, 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 then season-high 22 points. She now has 1,110 career points, which ranks 19th all-time at Texas Tech.

Cracking the Top 10
Senior Jordan Murphree collected one steal at Texas A&M to crack the top 10 on Texas Tech's career steals list. Murphree has 177 steals in her career, which ties Krista Kirkland (1989-93) for 10th all-time. Standing in ninth is Gwen McCray (1980-83) with 190. Katrisa O'Neal (1997-01) holds the school record for steals with 352.

Second-Straight 20-Point Output
Senior Ashlee Roberson poured in 22 points at then No. 9/9 Texas A&M. It marked her second-straight game of 20-plus points after scoring 29 against Texas. It was her third game this season to score 20 or more points. In the four Big 12 games this year, she is averaging 19.3 points per game.

Murphree, Roberson Score Career High Against Horns
Seniors Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson both scored a career-high 29 points in Texas Tech's double overtime loss to then No. 19/21 Texas. Murphree also collected a career-high 13 rebounds and tied a career-high eight assists. It was her second double-double of her career.

Block Buster II
Sophomore Kierra Mallard tied her career high of six blocks against the Longhorns. She also had six blocks against Texas-Arlington earlier this season.

Four in Double Figures
The Lady Raiders had four starters score in double figures in the win over Colorado led by senior Jordan Murphree with 21 points. Senior Ashlee Roberson and sophomore Kierra Mallard finished with 18 and 16 points, respectively, while senior Tilmila Martin chipped in 11 points.

Doing Double Duty
Senior Ashlee Roberson recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Buffaloes. It marked the ninth double-double of her career.

Smalls Grabs Big
Freshman point guard Monique Smalls got her first double-digit rebounding effort as she pulled down a career-high 10 boards against Colorado. Her previous career high was seven against Mercer in December.

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.

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.

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 43, averaging 2.4 per game. The Lady Raiders currently lead all Big 12 schools in steals per game at 11.2.

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.

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 (L2OT, 90-95) 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 (W, 74-61), 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, is televised every Sunday throughout the rest of the season. 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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