Tech Looks To Send Five Seniors Out In Style|
March 3, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The five seniors playing in their final regular season home game on Monday night for Texas Tech have tallied some impressive numbers over the last four seasons.
Mary Bokemkamp, Chynna Brown, Christine Hyde, Casey Morris and Monique Smalls have scored 4,320 points, 410 3-pointers, 1,936 rebounds, 1,074 assists and 799 steals on their way to 82 wins as a senior class.
But if they can win one more game, it might be the one of the biggest numbers of their combined careers.
Tech (21-8, 11-6 Big 12) can lock up a tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a win over Oklahoma (20-9, 10-7) at 7 p.m. on Monday at United Spirit Arena.
That would be a satisfying finish to the regular season for a group that was picked to finish eighth at the beginning of the year and is on the verge of going to its second NCAA Tournament in three years.
And those five seniors would have the chance to play up to two more home games if that happens with Tech hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this year.
Much of the squad's success this year has come from the senior leadership and maturity, stepping up in key moments this season. Whether its been Chynna Brown's 3-pointer to break the tie in the waning minutes for a win at Oklahoma State. Or Casey Morris and Monique Smalls calm demeanor to hit free throws down the stretch to seal close wins vs the Cowgirls or West Virginia. The key substitution with Mary Bokenkamp to draw defenses away from the post players and open up the offense for big runs against Kansas and Texas. Or a quick drive to the basket by Christine Hyde to win the game in final seconds against Kansas.
Every senior has played its role this season.
CLASS OF 2013 BREAKDOWN
Mary Bokenkamp, 5-9, G, Parker, Colorado
One of the most reliable 3-point shooters of all-time at Texas Tech, Mary has 63, 3-pointers in her career, playing in 118 games. Bokenkamp was a senior captain this season and was recently named to the Big 12 All-Academic First Team for the third season in a row - one of only five Big 12 players to earn that recognition for the third consecutive season. She will graduate with a degree in biology and plans to go to medical school.
Chynna Brown, 5-8, G, Dallas, Texas
A Senior captain and Texas Tech's leading scorer this season, she is averaging 16.6 points per game in Big 12 play and became the second player this season to eclipse 1,000 points and now has 1,066 for her career. She was named the 2011 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year and has 142 steals, 164 assists and is the senior leader with 508 rebounds, starting 52 of 126 games at Texas Tech. Chynna will graduate with a degree in criminal justice in May.
Christine Hyde, 5-10, G, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
A regular starter this season, Hyde has tallied 868 points while starting in 69 of 117 games at Texas Tech. She has 111 assists, 477 rebounds, 121 steals and is shooting better than 80 percent from the free-throw line this season, making 246 free throws - the most by any player at Texas Tech over the last four seasons. She will graduate with a degree in human sciences in May.
Casey Morris, 5-9, G, Bay Area, California
A senior captain, Morris eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in January after only three seasons as a Lady Raider, totaling 1,189 points. She is currently ninth all-time at Texas Tech with 209 steals and fourth all-time in 3-pointers made with 184, starting 96 of 97 games coming into today. She was named to the 2011 Big 12 Honorable Mention Team and graduated with a degree in mass communications this past August and is currently working on her master's degree.
Monique Smalls, 5-6, G, The Woodlands, Texas
A senior captain, Smalls entered today on the verge of becoming the third 1,000-point scorer in this senior class with 944 points. She is fourth all-time at Texas Tech in steals with 299 and fourth all-time in assists with 497. She is a two-time Big 12 Honorable Mention Team member and two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team member. Smalls has started every game since arriving at Tech in 2009 with her 131st consecutive game today - the most by any Lady Raider of all time. She will graduate with a degree in exercise sports sciences in May.