Feb. 25, 2008
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Texas Tech (16-11/4-9) vs. #10/10 Oklahoma (20-5/10-3)
February 27, 2008 United Spirit Arena (15,050)
Lubbock, Texas 7 p.m. TTTN
Texas Tech (16-11/4-9) plays its final home game of the season against No. 10/10 Oklahoma (20-5/10-3) on Wed., Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is the 37th meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Sooners. Tech's seniors will be recognized this evening prior to the start of the game.
On the Air
The game is being televised on the Texas Tech Television Network, which airs locally in Lubbock on My Lubbock TV, with play-by-play by Drew Dougherty and Crystal Boles as the color analyst. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Ryan Hyatt and Stephanie Gerber 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 16-11 on the year and 4-9 in the Big 12 after beating Nebraska, 65-56, last Sunday in Lubbock. On the year, junior Dominic Seals paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.1 average followed by senior Erin Myrick at 9.8 and sophomore Jordan Murphree at 9.3. Seals is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.6 boards per outing and Myrick is averaging 5.6 rebounds. Seals is shooting a team-high 51.3 percent from the field and Murphree is shooting 30 percent from three-point range. Seals is 73.5 percent from the free throw line. Junior Maria Moore has team highs of 103 assists and 42 steals. Seals is the top shot blocker with 36 blocks. Tech is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Opponent
No. 10/10 Oklahoma enters the game with a 20-5 overall record and 10-3 in the Big 12 after beating then No. 16/17 Oklahoma State, 81-71, last Saturday in Norman. In that game, sophomore Amanda Thompson scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while junior Courtney Paris had 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Freshman Danielle Robinson added 16 points and five assists and junior Ashley Paris collected 14 rebounds. Sophomore Jenna Plumley tallied three steals and Courtney Paris had six blocks.
On the year, Courtney Paris leads the Sooners averaging team highs of 18.0 points and 14.8 rebounds per contest. Also averaging double figures in scoring are Robinson at 12.8 and Ashley Paris at 12.0. Robinson leads the team in assists with 106 and in steals with 58. Courtney Paris is the top shot blocker with 83 blocks. OU is shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 28.3 percent from the three-point arc and 66.1 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 31-27 record. Curry is in her ninth year as a head coach with a career record of 210-78.
Sherri Coale is in her 12th year as head coach of the Sooners with a career record of 252-123.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma are meeting for the 37th time in the series with the Lady Raiders holding a 21-15 advantage over the Sooners. OU has won the last five games, including the first game this year, 78-39, on Jan. 23 in Norman. Tech's last win came in Norman on Feb. 23, 2005, in an 83-70 triumph. The Lady Raiders were also victorious that same year in Lubbock, 70-64, on Jan. 5. Tech is 12-5 against OU in Lubbock.
Last Time vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 23, 2008 - (AP) Amanda Thompson scored 16 points and No. 11 Oklahoma rebounded from a rare home loss by routing Texas Tech 78-39. Unlike the previous four wins in the streak, which came by a combined 15 points, the game was lopsided from the start. The loss was Texas Tech's worst since falling 95-54 to Louisiana Tech on Jan. 11, 1990, and the Lady Raiders' point total was their lowest since scoring 37 in a loss to Iowa State on Jan. 2, 2000. It was the second time in the last three games the Lady Raiders had scored 45 points or less. Tech shot 25.5 percent from the field (14-of-55) and had 23 turnovers. Oklahoma led by double digits after eight minutes, build a 40-18 halftime advantage and cruised in the second half, building its lead to as many as 40 points. The Sooners haven't lost consecutive Big 12 games at home in almost three years. Oklahoma junior center Courtney Paris had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her 77th straight double-double, sealing it with a basket with 9:05 left. The 10 points matched her career low, although she played only 24 minutes. Despite posting double-figure point totals six times this season, Thompson had struggled with her shot and entered Wednesday's game shooting 40.7 percent. Against Texas Tech, she made seven of her first eight attempts and finished 8-of-13 from the field. She missed her career high by two points. Maria Moore led Texas Tech with 15 points. Dominic Seals, who scored 27 points in the Lady Raiders' 70-58 win over Texas on Sunday, had only 3 points on 1-of-5 shooting against Oklahoma. Three other players scored in double figures for Oklahoma -- Jenna Plumley and Danielle Robinson, who had 12 points each, and Ashley Paris, who had 10 points. Oklahoma shot 47 percent from the field (31-of-66) and outrebounded Texas Tech 51-34.
Last Time Out
(AP) - Dominic Seals scored 21 points, including 19 in the second half, as Texas Tech beat Nebraska 65-56 on Sunday.
Seals sat out the final nine minutes of the first half with two fouls and the Lady Raiders clung to a 32-29 lead at the half. But she scored nine of Texas Tech's first 11 points in the second half.
The Lady Raiders led by as many as 17.
Nebraska cut the lead to six, 62-56 with under a minute to play, after a 3-pointer by Yvonne Turner and a free throw by Danielle Page. But Seals responded with a layup on a fast break to secure the win.
Kelsey Griffin had her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Nebraska but she scored just three points in the second half. The Cornhuskers (18-9, 7-6 Big 12) shot 35 percent from the field for the game.
The win gave Texas Tech (16-11, 4-9) its 12th straight victory over Nebraska since 1997. The Lady Raiders have never lost at home to the Cornhuskers.
With Seals on the bench in the first half, Jordan Murphree led the way by scoring 11 of her 13 points. Erin Myrick and Stanecia Graham combined for 15 first-half points in Seals' absence.
A Look Ahead
Texas 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 210-78.
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).
Seals Gets 20th Double-Figure Scoring Game
Junior Dominic Seals got her 20th double-figure scoring game as she had a game-high 21 points, 19 in the second half, against Nebraska. Seals has scored in double figures in the last four games.
Murphree Increases Scoring Average
Sophomore Jordan Murphree has scored in double digits in five of the last seven games. In the last seven games, she has averaged 11.1 points, an increase of 6.5 points per game compared to the previous seven contests.
Henderson Grabs Rebounds, Collects Assists Versus Huskers
Junior Tiny Henderson tied her career-high seven rebounds against Nebraska. It marked the third time in her career to record seven boards. She also dished out seven assists against the Huskers, just one assist shy of her career high which she had earlier this year against Colorado. She also had four steals, one shy of her career high in that category as well.
Brown Knocks Down Season Highs
Sophomore Maddy Brown knocked down a season-high two three-pointers for a season-high six points versus Nebraska. Brown has played in 13 of the last 14 games after missing the first 13 games of the season due to a broken left foot.
Roberson Ties Career-High Blocks
For the third time this season, sophomore Ashlee Roberson tied her career-high three blocks in the win against the Huskers. She has recorded 21 blocks this season, seven in the last three games. Her 21 blocks rank third on the team behind junior Dominic Seals' 36 and senior Erin Myrick's 23.
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.
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's 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.
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.