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Lady Raiders Play Their Fifth-Straight Top 25 Team in No. 22 Iowa State

The Lady Raiders play their fifth-straight top 25 team in No. 22 Iowa State on Wednesday.

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Game 21 vs. #22/18 Iowa State • February 3, 2010
James H. Hilton Coliseum (14,356) • Ames, Iowa • 7 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (13-7/1-5) plays its fifth-straight top 25 team it travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on No. 22/18 Iowa State on Wed., Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. It is the 17th 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 calls the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at www.texastech.com through RaiderVision All-Access. Live stats are available through gametracker at www.texastech.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 13-7 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12 after losing to No. 11/12 Oklahoma, 70-66, on Saturday. On the year, sophomore Kierra Mallard paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.1 average followed by senior Jordan Murphree at 12.8 and senior Ashlee Roberson at 12.0. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 9.0 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.3 rebounds. Roberson is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, while freshman Mary Bokenkamp is shooting 41.4 percent from the three-point arc and senior Tilmila Martin is shooting 85.5 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Monique Smalls has a team-high 82 assists. Murphree leads the team in steals with 48. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 47 blocks. Tech is shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from the three-point range and 66.4 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
No. 22/18 Iowa State is 16-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12 after losing at Kansas State, 73-67, on Sunday. In that game, junior Kelsey Bolte scored a team-high 19 points, while senior Allison Lacey had 13 and senior Denae Stuckey and freshman Anna Prins both chipped in 10. Stuckey collected seven rebounds and Lacy tallied 10 assists. Prins had two blocks on the day. On the year, Lacey leads the Cyclones in scoring with a 17.8 average followed by Bolte at 11.8. Stuckey is the top rebounder, averaging 6.2 boards per outing. Lacey has team highs of 130 assists and 29 steals. Prins is the top shot blocker with 17 blocks. Iowa State is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 41 percent from the three-point line and 71.9 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
Texas Tech and Iowa State are meeting for the 17th time with the series tied at 8-8. The Cyclones have won the last four games including last year's game, 59-52, in Lubbock on Feb. 28. The last time Tech won was in 2005 - 89-62, Feb. 8, in Lubbock and 61-59, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship March 9, in Kansas City, Mo. The Lady Raiders are 1-5 against Iowa State in Ames. Tech's lone win at Hilton Coliseum came on Jan. 19, 2002, in a 78-66 triumph.

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 61-54 at Tech and a career record of 240-105 in 11 years. Bill Fennelly is in his 15th year as head coach at Iowa State with a record of 323-145. He is also in his 22nd year as ahead coach with a career record of 489-198.

Last Time vs. Iowa State
Feb. 28, 2009 - (AP) - Amanda Nisleit scored a career-high 19 points to lead No. 25 Iowa State to a 59-52 win over Texas Tech. Heather Ezell added 16 points, including three 3-pointers for the Cyclones. Iowa State held a 22-16 halftime lead, but Texas Tech scored the first seven points of the second half to take a one-point advantage. The Cyclones answered with a 10-2 spurt to go up 32-25 with 13:55 left and then expanded the lead to 18 over the next 7 minutes. The Lady Raiders closed to 55-46, but Iowa State hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Dominic Seals had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas Tech.

The Last Time Out
January 30 - (AP) - Danielle Robinson scored 26 points, including two free throws with 8.9 seconds left, to lead No. 11 Oklahoma to a 70-66 victory over Texas Tech. Robinson was 10-for-10 from the free throw line for the Sooners, who beat Texas Tech for the 10th straight time. Nyeshia Stevenson added 17 points and Amanda Thompson had eight points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Murphree scored 16 of her 28 points in the final 9 minutes to lead Texas Tech. The Sooners built a 10-point lead, but Murphree closed the gap, converting three-point plays down the stretch. She tied the game at 66 with 1:35 left. Robinson broke the tie on Oklahoma's ensuing possession, hitting a turnaround jumpshot as she fell out of bounds on the baseline to give Oklahoma the lead. Murphree had two chances to tie the game, but missed two jumpers. Texas Tech sophomore Kierra Mallard missed a short jumper inside the lane on an inbounds pass with 15 seconds left and Robinson sealed the game from the foul line. After trailing Tech 35-32 to start the second half, Robinson and Oklahoma outscored the Lady Raiders 22-7 over the next seven minutes to build their largest lead of the game at 54-42. Stevenson scored nine of her 17 points during the run for Oklahoma.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders play 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. Tech wraps up regular-season play at Missouri on Sun., March 7, at 1 p.m.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Jan. 31, sophomore Kierra Mallard ranks 23rd in blocked shots per game at 2.4, senior Tilmila Martin ranks 33rd in free throw percentage at 85.5 and freshman Monique Smalls is 46th in assist/turnover ratio at 1.74, among all NCAA Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks 32nd in steals per game at 10.9, among all NCAA Division I teams.

Top 25 Teams
The Lady Raiders has played six games against top 25 teams, including three top 10 teams, this year and will play its seventh game against a top 25 team on Wednesday at No. 22/18 Iowa State. It will be the fifth-straight game against a top 25 opponent.

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 1,144 career points, which ranks 17th 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 currently has 182 steals in her career, which stands 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.

Smalls Ties Career-High Points
Freshman point guard Monique Smalls scored 11 points against then No. 11/12 Oklahoma, which tied her career high. Smalls also had 11 points against North Dakota back in December.

Murphree Has Another 20-Point Game
For the fifth time this season and the second in four games, senior Jordan Murphree had a 20-plus point effort as she poured in 28 points against then No. 11/12 Oklahoma. She was just one point of tying her career high of 29 points, which she had three games earlier against then No. 19/21 Texas.

Hyde Has Career-High Output
Freshman Christine Hyde came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points in a career-high 21 minutes of play against No. 6/4 Nebraska. Hyde broke her previous scoring high of nine points which she had against Texas-Arlington in November.

Second-Straight 20-Point Effort
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 Highs 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 48, averaging 2.4 per game. The Lady Raiders currently lead all Big 12 schools in steals per game at 10.9.

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 (L, 47-89) and Oklahoma (L, 66-70).

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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