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Texas Tech returns to action on Sat., Feb. 5, against Texas A&M


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Texas Tech (16-5/3-4 Big 12) vs. #6/6 Texas A&M (18-2/6-1 Big 12)
Saturday, February 5 • Lubbock, Texas
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • 2 p.m. • TTSN

The Game
Texas Tech (16-5/3-4) returns to the United Spirit Arena to host No. 6/6 Texas A&M (18-2/6-1) on Sat., Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. It is the 70th 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 Marsha Sharp (color analyst) call the game. It will air locally in Lubbock on KMYL - My Lubbock TV, in Amarillo on KCPN-TV 33, in Beaumont-Port Arthur on KUIL/MYTX, in Tyler-Longview on MYTX/KYTX DT-2, in Waco-Temple-Bryan on KYTX/KCEN DT-2 and Time Warner Cable (Texas Channel). 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 16-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12 after suffering its fourth-straight loss last Saturday at Nebraska, 56-53. On the year, junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 13.1 average followed by senior Teena Wickett at 10.7 and sophomore Casey Morris at 9.0. Mallard is averaging a team-best 7.6 rebounds per outing, while Wickett is averaging 6.8. Wickett is shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Sophomore Mary Bokenkamp is shooting a team-high 44.4 percent from behind the arc, and sophomore Chynna Brown has a team-best 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Monique Smalls has team highs of 71 assists and 51 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 41 blocks. The Lady Raiders are averaging 67.7 points per game, while allowing their opponents 54.7 points per contest. Tech is shooting 42 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 68.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
No. 6/6 Texas A&M is 18-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12 after dropping its first conference game to No. 1/1 Baylor, 63-60, last Sunday in College Station. On the year, senior Danielle Adams leads the Aggies in scoring with a 22.4 average followed by junior Tyra White at 14.2. Adams is the top rebounder as well, averaging 8.6 boards per contest. Senior Sydney Colson has team highs of 109 assists and 44 steals, while Adams has a team-best 31 blocks. Texas A&M is scoring 80.6 points per game, while allowing its opponents 55.6. The Aggies are shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 34 percent from the three-point arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the 70th meeting between Texas Tech and Texas A&M with the Lady Raiders holding a 54-15 advantage over the Aggies. Last year both teams won on their home court, first with Texas A&M winning, 69-54, on Jan. 23 in College Station and then Tech was victorious, 57-54, on Feb. 10, in Lubbock. The Lady Raiders have won the last two contests in Lubbock (60-53, Feb. 11, 2009). Texas A&M's last win in the Hub City came on Feb. 2, 2008, in a 63-46 victory. Tech is 28-3 against the Aggies in Lubbock.

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 82-67 at Tech and a career record of 261-118 in 12 years. Gary Blair is in his eighth year as head coach at Texas A&M with a record of 173-76. He is also in his 26th year as a head coach with a career record of 581-239.

Last Year vs. Texas A&M
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 cut 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.

February 10 - (AP) Ashlee Roberson scored 25 points to help Texas Tech to a 57-54 win over No. 13 Texas A&M. Texas Tech ended the game on an 11-4 run after being down, 50-46 with 3:15 to play. Danielle Adams led Texas A&M with 17 points and Tanisha Smith had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Adams ran into foul trouble late in the second half and did not score a basket in the final 15 minutes. Tech freshman guard Monique Smalls forced four of Texas A&M's 21 turnovers, helping the Lady Raiders score 19 points off the miscues. Neither team could get much going offensively in the first half, turning the ball over a combined 22 times, including 13 by the Aggies. Texas A&M lost the lead for the first time since the 15:22 mark of the first half when Tech went up, 40-38 with 10:39 to go in the game.

The Last Time Out
Texas Tech dropped its fourth-straight game as it suffered a 56-53 loss at Nebraska. Tech got off to a slow start again as Nebraska opened the game on a 15-2 run the first six minutes. The Lady Raiders didn't score their first basket until 15:37 when Teena Wickett hit a layup. The Huskers got up by as many as 13 points twice in the first half, the last time coming at 13:27, 17-4, as Catheryn Redmon made two free throws. With nine and half minutes to go and Nebraska up 12, Tech went on a 17-5 run capped by a pair of free throws by Wickett to give the Lady Raiders their first lead of the game at 27-26 with 2:41 to play. The Huskers tied it up at 2:26 as Katya Leick made 1-of-2 free throws. Leick then made a layup to give Nebraska a 29-27 edge with 1:11 to go. Casey Morris responded by nailing a three-pointer to give Tech a one-point lead, 30-29, with 59 seconds left on the clock. Nebraska made two-straight layups in the last 48 seconds to take a 33-30 lead at the half. In the second half, the Huskers got up by five three times in the first couple of minutes before Tech took back the lead on a jumper by Jordan Barncastle at the 14:36 mark. The Lady Raiders continued to control the game over the next six minutes, going up by as many as seven points, 47-40, as Christine Hyde rebounded a missed shot by Chynna Brown and scored a short jumper with 10:59 to go. Nebraska tied the game at 49-49 on two free throws by Leick with 7:55 remaining. The last lead change came at 6:41 on a layup by Redmon to give the Huskers a 51-49 advantage. Tech was held scoreless for over five minutes until Wickett hit 1-of-2 free throws with 4:40 left on the clock to put the Lady Raiders within one, 51-50. Jordan Hooper then hit a jumper at 2:09 to give the Huskers a three-point lead. Lindsey Moore made 1-of-2 free shots from the charity strip to give Nebraska four-point lead with one minute left. Morris hit another three with 27 seconds to go to get Tech within one. The Lady Raiders had to foul, which sent Moore back to the line where she connected on both attempts, giving Nebraska a three-point lead, 56-33, with 16 seconds remaining. Morris attempted a three and Smalls got the rebound. Morris got off another three-point attempt but it was no good as well and the Huskers hung on to claim the three-point victory. Morris and Wickett both finished with 14 points while Mallard had eight rebounds for the Lady Raiders. Nebraska had four players in double figures led by Redmon and Hooper with 16 points apiece. Tech outrebounded the Huskers 39-36. The Lady Raiders shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field as Nebraska shot 37 percent (20-54).

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders hit the road for two-straight games - at Oklahoma State on Wed., Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., and at Colorado on Sat., Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. CST. Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena for two games against Iowa State on Wed., Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., and Baylor on Sat., Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m. on FSN. On Tues, Feb. 22, Tech will play its second to last road game at Texas A&M at 7 p.m. and then come back to Lubbock to face Oklahoma State on Sat., Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. on FSN. The Lady Raiders wrap-up Big 12 play with a game at Texas on Wed., March 2, at 7 p.m., and then a home game against Oklahoma on Sat., March 5, at 2 p.m. on the Texas Tech Sports Network.

NCAA RPI
In the NCAA RPI (rate percentage index) as of games through Jan. 30, Texas Tech is ranked 43rd.

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. 30, Texas Tech ranks 17th in rebound margin at 8.2, 28th in scoring defense at 54.7, 39th in won-lost percentage at 76.2, 42nd in steals per game at 10.8 and 50th in assist/turnover ratio at 0.91, among all Division I teams.

Ball Snatchers
Texas Tech has tallied 227 steals in its 21 games for an average of 10.8 steals per game, which ranks second in the Big 12. Tech had a season-high 18 steals versus Missouri as senior Teena Wickett tallied a career-high six steals in that game.

Outrebounding Opponents
In the 21 games this year, the Lady Raiders have outrebounded their opponents 15 times. Tech is outrebounding its opponents by 8.2 boards per contest, which is third in the Big 12.

Opponents Points Per Game
Texas Tech has held its opponents to just 54.7 points per game. Only seven opponents have scored 60 or more points so far this season 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 132 blocks. Standing in fifth is Gwen McCray (1979-83) with 135. Mallard recorded a career-high seven blocks at Oklahoma.

Smalls Starting Streak
Sophomore Monique Smalls got her 54th-straight start at Nebraska. The Woodlands, Texas, native was the only player to start all 33 games in 2009-10.

Best Start Since 2003-04
Texas Tech started the season 16-1, which was its best start since the 2003-04 season when it went 17-1 to start the year. That season the Lady Raiders finished 25-8 and lost in the second round of the NCAA Championship to Louisiana Tech in Missoula, Mont. It is the first time Tech has started Big 12 play 3-0 under Kristy Curry.

Change in Lineup
For 18 games this year, sophomores Monique Smalls and Casey Morris, juniors Jordan Barncastle and Kierra Mallard and senior Teena Wickett have been the starting five. But for just the second time this season, head coach Kristy Curry made an adjustment to her starting lineup. The first time came against California when Mallard suffered the flu and Curry inserted freshman Shauntal Nobles in the five position. In the game against Texas, Curry gave sophomore Chynna Brown her first start of the year in place of Barncastle. Curry moved Wickett to the four spot and started Brown at the three. Curry also used this same lineup at Nebraska.

First Home Loss
The Lady Raiders suffered their first home loss of the season to Texas, 75-67, on Jan. 26. Tech had won 12-straight games at the United Spirit Arena - 11 this year and versus Houston in the postseason WNIT in 2010.

Second Half Struggles
In three of the last four games, Texas Tech has been winning at halftime but come up short in the end. Tech was up two at the half at then No. 14/13 Oklahoma, up one at No. 1/1 Baylor and up seven at home against Texas. Ironically, in two of the three games prior to OU, Tech was down at the half - at Kansas by nine and against Missouri by 12 and came back to win both of those contests. The only Big 12 game that Tech has led at the half and won was the double-overtime victory against Kansas State.

Season Low Turnovers
Texas Tech committed just seven turnovers in the loss to Texas, which was a season low for the Lady Raiders. Their previous season low was 10 against Samford and UTSA.

Morris Back on Track
After not scoring in double figures the first five conference games, sophomore Casey Morris had back-to-back double-figure scoring games last week. To go along with her team-high 13 points against Texas, Morris finished with a team-high 14 points at Nebraska.

Double-Digit Scoring for Brown
Sophomore Chynna Brown chipped in 10 points against Texas giving her five-straight games of double-digit scoring. That streak was halted at Nebraska as she finished with just four points. Brown has scored in double figures in seven games this year, all coming in the last 10 games.

Four in Double Figures, Again
Texas Tech again had four players score in double figures, this time against Texas. Sophomore Casey Morris led the way with 13 points followed by junior Kierra Mallard with 12 and senior Teena Wickett and sophomore Chynna Brown both added 10 points.

Another Double-Figure Output for Brown
Sophomore Chynna Brown had her third and fourth-consecutive double-figure scoring games as she poured in 17 points at then No. 14/13 Oklahoma and then had 12 points at No. 1/1 Baylor.

Four in Double Digits at Baylor
The Lady Raiders had four players in double figures at Baylor. Sophomore Christine Hyde came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, while sophomore Chynna Brown and senior Teena Wickett both had 12 points and junior Mallard finished with 11. Texas Tech's bench scored 26 of its 51 points against the Lady Bears as all 26 points came from Hyde and Brown.

Mallard Seeing Double Again
With 21 points and 12 rebounds, junior Kierra Mallard picked up her seventh double-double of the year at Oklahoma. It was her second-straight as well. She now has 16 career double-doubles.

Brown Hits Game Winner
Sophomore Chynna Brown led Texas Tech in scoring against K-State with 13 points. It marked her fourth double-digit scoring effort this season.

Sixth Double-Double for Mallard Junior Kierra Mallard registered her sixth double-double of the season as she had 12 points and a season-high 14 rebounds against the Wildcats.

Wickett's First Double-Double at Tech
Senior Teena Wickett also recorded a double-double versus K-State with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. The double-double marked the first as a Lady Raider and the sixth of her career. Wickett had five during her freshman year at Pepperdine. It was also her 10th double-digit scoring game of the year.

Déjà vu
It may have seemed like déjà vu as Texas Tech had to come back from double-digit deficits to win two-straight games by almost the exact same score. Tech was down 15 at Kansas and came back to win 61-57 and then erased a 14-point deficit against Missouri to claim a 63-56 victory.

Career High for Brown
Sophomore Chynna Brown scored a career-high 22 points as she came off the bench and played 28 minutes in the win over Missouri last Wednesday. Brown was 6-for-11 from the field, including 1-for-1 from three-point range, and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe. She also tied career highs of eight rebounds and three steals. Brown scored her previous career high of 16 points at Western Kentucky on Dec. 29.

Three-Straight Double-Doubles
Junior Kierra Mallard had her fourth and fifth double-doubles of the year as she had 11 points and 12 rebounds versus Houston Baptist and 15 points and 11 rebounds at Kansas. Mallard registered three-straight double-doubles as she had 11 points and 12 rebounds at Western Kentucky as well. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 16 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.

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 at WKU. 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, six rebounds, two steals and two assists in 20 minutes of play. Brown then had 11 points, six rebounds, two steals and 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 played just five minutes versus 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.

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.

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.

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 (W2OT, 68-66), at Oklahoma (L, 61-71), 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 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: 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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