Feb. 22, 2008
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Texas Tech (15-11/3-9) vs. Nebraska (18-8/7-5)
February 24, 2008 United Spirit Arena (15,050)
Lubbock, Texas 2 p.m.
After snapping a five-game losing streak with the win over Kansas, Texas Tech (15-11/3-9) faces Nebraska (18-8/7-5) on Sun., Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is the 15th meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Huskers.
On the Air
There is no television coverage of this game. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Ryan Hyatt and Crystal Boles call the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at www.texastech.com through RaiderVision All-Access.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 15-11 on the year and 3-9 in the Big 12 after defeating Kansas, 65-61, last Wednesday in Lubbock. On the year, junior Dominic Seals paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.9 average followed by senior Erin Myrick at 9.9 and sophomore Jordan Murphree at 9.1. Seals is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.7 boards per outing and Myrick is averaging 5.7 rebounds. Myrick is shooting a team-high 51.3 percent from the field and Murphree is shooting 28.9 percent from three-point range. Seals is 73.5 percent from the free throw line. Moore has team highs of 97 assists and 40 steals. Seals is the top shot blocker with 35 blocks. Tech is shooting 42 percent from the field, 27.6 percent from three-point range and 68.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Opponent
Nebraska enters the game with an 18-8 overall record and 7-5 in Big 12 play after beating Missouri, 73-57, last Thursday in Lincoln to snap a two-game losing streak. In that game, junior Kelsey Griffin poured in a game-high 26 points and senior Danielle Page had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Dominique Kelley dished out three assists, while Page and sophomore Yvonne Turner both had two steals apiece.
On the year, Griffin leads the Huskers in scoring with a 14.5 average followed by Page at 12.7 and sophomore Cory Montgomery at 10.3. Griffin and Page are both grabbing a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. Freshman Kaitlyn Burke leads the team in assists with 66, while Turner has a team-high 72 steals. Page is the top shot blocker with 58 blocks. Nebraska is shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from the three-point arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line.
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her second year at the helm of the Lady Raider basketball program with a 30-27 record. Curry is in her ninth year as a head coach with a career record of 209-78.
Connie Yori is in her sixth year as head coach of the Huskers, establishing a record of 103-77. She is also in her 18th year as a head coach with a career record of 298-217.
It is the 15th meeting between Texas Tech and Nebraska with the Lady Raiders holding a 12-2 advantage over the Huskers. Tech has won the last 11 games, including a 70-69 victory last year in Lincoln onFeb. 14. Nebraska's last win came during the 1996-97 season when the Huskers beat Tech, 62-57, in Lincoln on Feb. 9, 1997. Tech is 6-0 against Nebraska in Lubbock.
Last Time vs. Nebraska
Feb. 14, 2007 - (AP) Patrice Edwards hit two free throws with 24 seconds left then blocked a potential game-winning shot to push Texas Tech to a 70-69 win over No. 19 Nebraska. Texas Tech survived three scoring chances for Nebraska in the final 8 seconds. Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin missed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left. But teammate Yvonne Turner grabbed the rebound, going up for a short jumper that Edwards blocked out of bounds. Griffin got the inbounds pass, drove the lane and tried to force a pass to Jelena Spiric that the Lady Raiders knocked out of bounds. Kiera Hardy missed a long 3-point shot at the buzzer that hit the rim and bounced off. Texas Tech, which led by six at half, built an eight-point margin on Edwards' inside shot that made the score 49-41 with 12:41 remaining. Most of the Lady Raiders' advantage at that point came from hitting 7 of 9 3-point shots. Nebraska came storming back, putting together a 16-5 run, taking the lead on Turner's 3-pointer with 9:13 remaining and going up 57-54 after Turner stole the ball and hit a layup 14 seconds later. The Lady Raiders retook the lead with four straight free throws. The game seesawed in the final eight minutes with Texas Tech leading by as many as three. Nebraska went up 69-68 on Hardy's driving layup with 1:20 left.
LaVonda Henderson led Texas Tech with 17 points, hitting 8 of 10 shots. Edwards had 16 points. Raquel Christian had 12 for the Lady Raiders, Brooke Baughman added 11 and Alesha Robertson finished with 10.
Hardy had 16 points to lead Nebraska. Danielle Page had 14 points for the Huskers, Chelsea Aubry had 12 and Griffin ended with 10 points.
Last Time Out
(AP) - Jordan Murphree scored 17 points, all in the second half, as Texas Tech beat Kansas 65-61 on Wednesday night.
Kansas led 35-23 with 19:27 to play in the second half. But Texas Tech (15-11, 3-9 Big 12) used a 15-0 run to take the lead and win for the first time since Jan. 26.
The Lady Raiders, who had lost five straight, avoided what would have been their longest losing streak since 1978. They also extended their winning streak over Kansas (15-10, 4-8) to nine games. Dominic Seals had 16 points for Texas Tech.
The Jayhawks had four players in double figures, led by Krysten Boogaard's 17. Danielle McCray added 15. Murphree was 0-3 from the field in the first half, but finished the game 6-11.
She scored five straight during Tech's second half run to pull the Lady Raiders within a point. Then Maria Moore stole an inbounds pass on the Jayhawks' next possession and converted a three-point play to give the Lady Raiders the lead, 39-37, with 14:13 to play.
Tech led by as many as 11.
Kansas' Ivana Catic and Nicollette Smith hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Smith a pair of three free throws to cut the lead to three with less than minute to play. But Murphree capped her night with a driving layup with 20 seconds left to seal the win for Texas Tech.
A Look Ahead
Texas Tech plays its final home games on Wed., Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. against Oklahoma on the Texas Tech Television Network. Tech wraps up the regular season with games at Oklahoma State Sat., March 1, at 6 p.m. and at Texas Wed., March 5, at 7 p.m. on FSNSW. The Big 12 Championship will be held March 11-15, in Kansas City, Mo.
Curry Captures 200th Career Win
Head coach Kristy Curry captured her 200th career win in the victory over Kennesaw State Nov. 23. Curry enters the game with a career record of 209-78.
As of games through Feb. 17, Texas Tech ranks 22nd in rebound margin at 6.5 and 37th in field goal percentage defense at 37.0, among all NCAA Division I teams.
Against the Top 25
Texas Tech is 2-7 against teams ranked in the top 25. The Lady Raiders got their first top 25 win of the season as they defeated then No. 18/19 Arizona State, 73-69, on Dec. 18. The Sun Devils were the first top 25 team Tech faced this season. Tech fell at then No. 25/21 Arkansas, 80-57, on Jan. 5, and lost to then No. 8/8 Baylor, 72-67, on Jan. 9. The Lady Raiders beat then No. 24/23 Texas, 70-58, on Jan. 20, before losing at then No. 11/11 Oklahoma, 78-39, on Jan. 23. Tech lost at home to then No. 23 Texas A&M, 63-46, on Feb. 2. The Lady Raiders fell at then No. 5/5 Baylor, 66-45, Feb. 9, and suffered a heart-breaking loss to then No. 15/15 Oklahoma State, 58-56, Feb. 14. Tech lost at then No. 20/19 Texas A&M, 70-56, Feb. 17. Last year, the Lady Raiders beat three top 25 teams (UCLA, Texas, Nebraska).
Losing Streak Snapped
Texas Tech snapped its five-game losing streak with a 65-61 win over Kansas on Feb. 20. It also gave the Lady Raiders a nine-game winning streak against KU.
Strong Second Half for Murphree
Junior Jordan Murphree scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead Texas Tech to victory over Kansas. The Brock, Texas, native was 6-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Nineteenth Double-Digit Game
Junior Dominic Seals continues to dominate in the paint. Seals scored 16 points against the Jayhawks for her 19th double-digit scoring game of the season.
For the first time since the 1998-99 season, the Lady Raiders overcame a 10-plus point halftime deficit to win. Tech trailed Kansas, 33-21, at the half before rallying back for a five-point win. The last time that occurred was when Tech trailed at Oklahoma, 39-27, and then won in overtime, 89-87, on Jan. 27, 1999.
Walker Steps Up
Junior Keisha Walker returned to the starting lineup after a seven-game absence from the starting five. Walker made her presence known as she scored 11 points in a season-high 33 minutes of play. It was the first time she had scored in double figures since she had a career-high 18 points versus Sam Houston State Nov. 27.
For the 19th time this season, the Lady Raiders outrebounded their opponent as they collected nine more rebounds than Kansas. Tech is 14-5 when winning the battle on the boards.
Fifty Percent From the Field
Texas Tech shot 51.3 percent from the field, hitting 20-of-39 shot attempts at Texas A&M. It marked the fourth time this season that the Lady Raiders have shot over 50 percent in a game and their first time in Big 12 play. Tech is 3-1 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
More Scoring for Seals
Junior Dominic Seals had her 17th and 18th double-figure scoring games of the season last week. Seals scored 12 against Oklahoma State, while pouring in 18 at Texas A&M.
Double-Figure Scoring Games
Junior Stanecia Graham scored a team-high 14 points against Oklahoma State, marking the first time since Dec. 18 that she had scored double figures in back-to-back games. She had 11 the previous game at Baylor. Back in December, she scored 14 against Arizona State and then 13 versus Oral Roberts. Sophomore Jordan Murphree scored 11 points to give her back-to-back games of 10 or more points. Murphree had 10 at Baylor. It was also her first time for consecutive double-figure scoring games since December when she had 12 against Oral Roberts and 16 against SMU.
Murphree Blocks High and Knocks Down Career-High 3s
Sophomore Jordan Murphree knocked down a career-high three three-pointers versus the Cowgirls, breaking her old mark of the two. She also swatted two shots, which tied her career high. She has had two blocks five times in her career, including one other time this season at UCF in the season opener.
Graham Ties Career-High Steals
Junior Stanecia Graham snatched three steals versus Oklahoma State, tying her career high. She also had three steals at Arkansas in January.
Seals Gets 17th Double-Digit Scoring Effort
Junior Dominic Seals chipped in 12 points against the Cowgirls for the 17th time to score in double digits this season.
Graham Pulls Down Career High
Junior Stanecia Graham pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds at Baylor last week. Graham's previous career high was 10 against Sam Houston State back in November. She also added 11 points for her second double-double.
Seals Ties Career-High Blocks
Junior Dominic Seals tied her career-high three blocks at Baylor. It marked the fifth time she had swatted three blocks. And junior Tiny Henderson tied her career-high five steals against the Lady Bears.
Season Low Field Goal Percentage at Baylor
The Lady Raiders shot just 24.6 percent from the field against the Lady Bears. Tech hit just 16-of-65 shot attempts.
Henderson Scores Season High at Iowa State
Junior Tiny Henderson poured in a season-high 17 points at Iowa State, just two points shy of tying her career-high of 19. She also collected five assists and season highs of six rebounds and four steals.
Season Low Turnovers
Texas Tech committed just 10 turnovers in its loss at Iowa State, marking a season low for the Lady Raiders. Their previous season low was 11 against Arizona State back in December.
Pulling Down the Boards
Junior Dominic Seals had her ninth double-figure rebounding game as she pulled down 10 boards versus the Aggies.
Seals Misses Ninth Double-Double Against Buffs
Junior Dominic Seals barely missed her ninth double-double of the season as she had 21 points and nine rebounds in Texas Tech's win over Colorado.
Career-High Assists for Tiny
Junior Tiny Henderson dished out a career-high eight assists against the Buffaloes, surpassing her old career high of five which she had two times in her career.
Roberson Swats Career High
Sophomore Ashlee Roberson swatted three blocks in the game against Colorado, which tied her career high. She also had three against SMU.
Tough Big 12 Start
Texas Tech started 0-3 in Big 12 play, before getting its first league win against then No. 24/23 Texas, 70-58, in Lubbock on Jan. 20. The 0-3 start marked the first time the Lady Raiders had started off the Big 12 season with three losses. Tech started off 0-2 in 2000 and went on to share the Big 12 title with Iowa State and Oklahoma.
Tech Suffers Worst Loss of Season
Texas Tech suffered its worst loss of the season with a 39-point loss, 78-39, at then No. 11/11 Oklahoma on Jan. 23. It was the Lady Raiders' worst loss since losing at Louisiana Tech, 95-54, on Jan. 11, 1990.
Moore Scores Career High At Oklahoma
Junior Maria Moore scored a career-high 15 points at Oklahoma. Her previous high was 14 on two occasions. She also tied her career highs of six rebounds and two three-pointers against the Sooners.
Seals Leads Tech to First Big 12 Win
Junior Dominic Seals poured in a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Texas Tech to its first Big 12 win of the season in its victory over Texas Jan. 20. It was her eighth double-double of the season. She also tied her career highs of three blocks and three assists.
Roberson Picks Up First Career Double-Double
Sophomore Ashlee Roberson had career highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds against Texas Jan. 20 for her first career double-double.
Moore Ties Career-High Assists Against Horns
Junior Maria Moore tied her career-high nine assists against Texas. She also had nine dishes at Washington State back in December.
Second Double-Double for Myrick
Junior Erin Myrick recorded her second double-double of the season at Missouri as she finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the ninth double-double in her career.
Seals Picks Up Seventh Double-Double
Junior Dominic Seals picked up her seventh double-double of the season as she tied her career-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Baylor in Tech's league opener.
Senior Erin Myrick tied her career high of four blocks against the Lady Bears on Jan. 9. It marked the second time this season she has recorded four blocks, and the fifth time in her career.
Five Score in Double Digits
In Tech's five-point loss to Baylor, the Lady Raiders had five players score in double figures. Junior Dominic Seals led the way with a game-high 22 points, while senior Erin Myrick added 11 points. Junior Maria Moore and sophomores Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson all finished with 10 points.
Sixth Double-Double for Seals Leads to Big 12 Honor
Junior Dominic Seals had a then career-high 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for her sixth career double-double in the win over SMU, which led to her being named to her second-straight Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor. In that game, Seals also had a career-high three assists and tied her career highs of three blocks and two steals.
Largest Margin Victory
Texas Tech won at Washington State, 89-45, marking its largest margin of victory this season. It was also the Lady Raiders' biggest win on the road since beating Colorado, 87-41, in Boulder on Jan. 15, 2005.
Longest Double-Figure Win Streak Since 1994-95
Texas Tech won its first nine games this season by double figures, which was the longest double-figure winning streak since winning 17-straight games by 10 or more points during the 1994-95 season.
Texas Tech has scored at least 70 points in 13 of its 15 wins this year, already surpassing last year's total (seven times) of 70 or more points in a game. Last season, the Lady Raiders scored 70-plus points just seven times with a record of 6-1 in those games. The one loss was the only game Tech scored 80-plus points, which was an overtime loss at Oklahoma (86-81). So far this year, Tech has scored 80 or more points six times, including 90 points against Alcorn State and a season-high 91 points versus Oral Roberts.
Basketball Travelers Classic Honors
Senior Erin Myrick was named MVP of the Basketball Travelers Classic as she averaged 16.7 points and six rebounds, while shooting 80 percent from the field in Tech's three wins. She also tallied seven blocks. Junior Dominic Seals was named to the all-tournament team after she averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds, and shot 57.7 percent from the field.
Across the Nation
The 15 Lady Raiders hail from five states across the country with 10 coming from the state of Texas. Sophomore Maddy Brown is from the furthest east, hailing from Honeoye Falls, N.Y., while senior Erin Myrick is from the furthest west coming from Duarte, Calif. Junior Stanecia Graham is from Aurora, Ill., and junior Keisha Walker calls Kansas City, Mo., home. Junior Maria Moore's hometown is Sparks, Nev.
South Plains Connection
Three current Lady Raiders were teammates at South Plains College before arriving at Texas Tech. Juniors Dominic Seals and Alana Rumph played two years for the Lady Texans, while sophomore Ashlee Roberson was there for one season. South Plains College has been a pipeline for the Lady Raiders over the years as several standouts have played at SPC prior to being a Lady Raider, including Sheryl Swoopes, Angie Braziel and Aleah Johnson, just to name a few.
Two players on this year's roster have twin sisters. Junior Stanecia Graham has a twin sister, Alicia, while junior Kalee Davidson has a twin sister, Kristee.
Junior Dominic Seals was named the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, which was voted on by the league coaches.
Degree in Hand
Senior Erin Myrick graduated cum laude in May 2007 with a degree in broadcast journalism with minors in English and Spanish. Myrick is currently working on a second degree in public relations with a minor in general business.
On the Tube
Texas Tech has 14 regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders will play on ESPN2 once, FSN three times, FSNSW once, FSNMW once and the Texas Tech Television Network eight times. Tech played at Kansas State (L, 45-71) on FSNMW. On FSN, Tech plays Texas (W, 70-58), Colorado (Jan. 26) and at Baylor (L, 45-68). The Lady Raiders play on FSNSW at Texas (Mar. 5). Tech's ESPN2 game is at Texas A&M (Feb. 17). The Lady Raiders have games against IPFW (W, 72-51), Alcorn State (W, 90-55), Sam Houston State (W, 84-51), Houston (L, 63-66), Oral Roberts (W, 91-61) at Oklahoma (L, 39-78), Kansas (W, 65-61) and Oklahoma (Feb. 27) on the Texas Tech Television Network.
Follow the Lady Raiders
All Lady Raider basketball games can be heard live on the Texas Tech Sports Network on KFYO-AM 790 and KKCL-FM 98.1 locally. Listen to play-by-play by Ryan Hyatt as he takes the court with the Lady Raiders. The following radio stations will air the Lady Raider basketball games this season:
Haskell/Abilene - KVRP-FM (97.1)
Hereford - KPAN-AM/FM (860/106.3)
Lamesa - KPET-AM (690)
Lubbock - KFYO-AM/KKCL-FM (790/98.1)
Plainview - KVOP-AM (1090)
Inside Lady Raider Basketball with Kristy Curry
Kristy Curry's weekly television show, Inside Lady Raider Basketball with Kristy Curry, is televised every Sunday. The show airs 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 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar located at 4th and Milwaukee. The show airs on KFYO-AM 790 locally.