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Lady Raiders Face Kansas State in First Round of Big 12 Championship

Texas Tech faces Kansas State in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Texas Tech faces Kansas State in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

March 9, 2010

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Game 31 vs. No. 9 Seed Kansas State • March 11, 2010
Municipal Auditorium (9,308) • Kansas City, Mo. • 11 a.m. • Metro Sports

The Game
No. 8 seed Texas Tech (17-13/5-11) takes on No. 9 seed Kansas State (13-17/5-11) in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thurs., March 11, at 11 a.m., at Municipal Auditorium. It is the 19th meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
All first round games of the Big 12 Championship are being televised on Metro Sports and be streamed live on Erin Bajackson (play-by-play) and Mark Ewing (color analyst) will be calling the Texas Tech-Kansas State game. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Steve Strain (play-by-play) and Crystal Boles (color analyst) call the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at through RaiderVision All-Access. All postgame press conferences throughout the tournament will also be streamed live on

The Lady Raiders
No. 8 seed Texas Tech is 17-13 overall and finished in a three-way tie for eighth in the Big 12 with a 5-11 record. On the year, seniors Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson pace the Lady Raiders in scoring as both are averaging 12.4 points per game followed by sophomore Kierra Mallard at 11.7. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.6 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.0 rebounds. Mallard is shooting a team-best 44.8 percent from the field, while sophomore Jordan Barncastle is shooting 46.7 percent from the three-point arc and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Monique Smalls has team highs of 122 assists and 60 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 52 blocks. Tech is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 33 percent from the three-point range and 65.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
No. 9 seed Kansas enters the championship with a 13-17 overall record and finished in a three-way tie for eighth in the Big 12 with a 5-11 mark. On the year, senior Ashley Sweat leads the Wildcats in scoring with a 16.7 average followed by freshman Brittney Chambers at 12.4. Chambers is the top rebounder, averaging 5.6 boards per outing. Senior Kari Kincaid leads the team in assists with 84 and freshman Taelor Karr has a team-high 45 steals. Sophomore Branshea Brown is the top shot blocker with 18 blocks. K-State is shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 37 percent from the three-point line and 74.4 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the 19th meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas State with the series tied at 9-9. Tech snapped a six-game losing streak against K-State this year as it won 67-57 in overtime on Feb. 24. The Wildcats had won the last six contests, including last year's 60-48 victory in Lubbock on Jan. 21. It is the fourth time the two schools are meeting in the Big 12 Championship with the Lady Raiders winning two of those games including the last match up when Tech had a 71-65 triumph in the semifinals on March 13, 2003, in Dallas, at Reunion Arena.

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 65-60 at Tech and a career record of 244-111 in 11 years. Deb Patterson is in her 13th year as head coach at Kansas State with a career record of 253-155.

Last Time vs. Kansas State
February 24 - Jordan Murphree scored a game-high 26 points, including 10 points in the overtime period, as Texas Tech walked out of Bramlage Coliseum with a 75-67 win over Kansas State, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Wildcats. The game was back and forth from the get go as there were 11 lead changes and seven ties in the game. Nine of those 11 ties came in the first half. The Wildcats got on the board first hitting a bucket the first 30 seconds. Jordan Barncastle hit a pair of free throws at 16:35 for Tech's first points of the game to knot the score at 2-2. The Lady Raiders finally hit their first field goal at 15:59 as Ashlee Roberson nailed a three-pointer to put Tech up 5-4. The last lead change of the half came at the 5:37 mark on a layup by Christine Hyde to give Tech a 21-20 advantage. Tech outscored K-State 7-3 to end the half with a 28-23 lead. The Lady Raiders opened the second half scoring four-straight points over the first two minutes and 10 seconds to give them a nine-point lead at 32-23. K-State kept it close and got within three points, 36-33, at 15:34 as Branshea Brown made a layup. Tech responded by scoring four-straight points on jumpers by Barncastle and Murphree to go up by seven with 14:30 left. Tech got up by seven again, 42-35, on a basket by Kierra Mallard with 13:20 to go in regulation before Kansas State went on a 10-2 run to take its first lead of the second half at 45-44 as Brittany Chambers nailed a jumper with 9:17 remaining. Tech tied it again at 48-48 as Roberson sank two free throws with 6:39 left on the clock. Tech took a four-point lead at the 5:25 mark and then the Wildcats knotted it up again at 54-54 with 2:21 to go. Tech took its last lead at 58-56 on a basket by Christine Hyde with 1:12 left. Murphree went the charity stripe with 10 seconds remaining for a double bonus but missed both attempts and K-State tied it with two seconds left on a layup by Chambers to send the game into overtime. The overtime period belonged to Tech and Murphree. The Lady Raiders led the entire five minutes scoring first on a pair of free throws by Murphree. She then hit two-straight jumpers to put Tech up by six, 64-58, with 1:48 left in the game. Tech's largest lead of the contest came as Murphree hit two free throws to give her team an 11-point advantage at 71-60 with 34 seconds to go. Tech made four more free throws the next 23 seconds of the game to claim the eight-point win. It was the first time Tech had won in Manhattan since Jan. 18, 2000. It also marked the first overtime win for Tech in the Kristy Curry era. Tech has lost twice in double overtime, once at Oklahoma in 2007 and earlier this year against Texas in Lubbock. Along with her 26 points, Murphree also finished with eight rebounds and a game-high four assists. Roberson added 14 points and seven boards. Monique Smalls grabbed eight rebounds as well. Kari Kincaid led K-State with 18 points. Tech outrebounded the Wildcats 39-32, while K-State outshot Tech 42.6 percent to 38.2 percent from the field.

The Last Time Out
March 7 - The regular season came to an end for the Texas Tech women's basketball as they finished Big 12 play with a 58-55 overtime loss at Missouri. The first half was a close one as there were three lead changes as the biggest lead by either team was five points when Missouri led 11-6 as RaeShara Brown made a layup with 13:39 to go in the period. From there, Tech went on a 9-0 run to take a four-point advantage at 15-11 when Kierra Mallard hit a layup with 7:03 left on the clock. The Tigers then outscored the Lady Raiders 12-5 the remainder of the half to take a 23-20 advantage at the break. Mizzou opened the second half on a 9-2 run to go up by 10 points when Jessra Johnson made a layup at the 14:53 mark. However, Tech battled back, scoring six points in a minute and a half time span to cut the lead to four, 32-28. The Lady Raiders would tie it up, 39-39 with 5:10 to go in the contest when Ashlee Roberson rolled in a layup. The Lady Raiders' first lead of the half came at 2:41 when Mallard hit a jumper to make the score 45-43. Johnson knotted it up for Mizzou on a pair of free throws with 1:02 remaining in regulation. Tech's Monique Smalls was fouled as she drove to the basket and connected of both charity stripe attempts to give Tech back the lead at 47-45 with 47 seconds left. Christine Flores then responded with a layup for the Tigers with 30 seconds to go. Tech had the ball but was unable to get a shot off before time expired. The overtime period belonged to Mizzou as they came out strong scoring eight-straight points to take a 55-47 lead with 1:16 left. Roberson hit a three-pointer for Tech's first points of the overtime with 1:05 to play. Tech got within one, 56-55, when Jordan Murphree hit her first basket of the game, a three-pointer with 33 seconds to go. The Tigers hit two of four free throw attempts over the final 33 seconds to claim the three-point win. Mallard finished with a double-double as she had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Roberson added 14 points. Johnson led Mizzou with 18 points. Both team finished the game shooting 37.9 percent from the field (22-58) , while Tech outrebounded the Tigers 44-36.

NCAA Stats
As of games through March 7, sophomore Kierra Mallard ranks 36th in blocked shots per game at 2.0 and freshman Monique Smalls is 36th in assist/turnover ratio at 1.82, among all NCAA Division I players.

Top 25 Teams
The Lady Raiders have played 13 games against top 25 teams, including three top 10 teams, this year. Tech had played nine-straight games against a top 25 opponent prior to the game with Kansas. Tech also played at UCLA who was not ranked at the time but is currently in the top 25.

Murphree, Roberson Honorable Mention All-Big 12
Seniors Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson were named honorable mention All-Big 12, which was voted on by the league's coaches. This is the first time either player has received postseason honors from the conference.

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 1,262 career points, which ranks 15th 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 191 steals in her career, which is ninth all-time. Standing in eighth is Tammy Walker (1987-91) with 209. Katrisa O'Neal (1997-01) holds the school record for steals with 352.

First Team Academic All-District
Senior Jordan Murphree was named CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI first team. Murphree graduated cum laude in just three years with a degree in exercise and sport science. She has a 3.60 GPA and is working on a second degree in human development and family studies. This is her first time to be selected to the first team as she has twice been named to the second team.

Big 12 Player of the Week
Senior Ashlee Roberson was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for her performances the week of Feb. 8-14. Roberson averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in helping Texas Tech upset then No. 13/11 Texas A&M and No. 15/14 Oklahoma State.

Back-to-Back Top 15 Wins
Texas Tech got back-to-back wins over top 15 teams as it upset then No. 13/11 Texas A&M, 57-54, in Lubbock and then No. 15/14 Oklahoma State, 65-57, in Stillwater. The win at Oklahoma State marked the first time Tech had beaten a ranked team on the road since defeating No. 19/20 Nebraska, 70-69, on Feb. 14, 2007.

Tech Ties Overtime Games in a Season
Texas Tech played its third overtime game of the season when it lost in overtime at Missouri. The Lady Raiders lost a double overtime game to then No. 19/21 Texas on Jan. 16 and then won at Kansas State in overtime on Feb. 24. The three overtime games ties the school record for most overtimes in a season as Tech also had three during the 1986-87 season - winning two and losing one.

Fifth Double-Double for Mallard
Sophomore Kierra Mallard had her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Missouri. It was her first double-double since she recorded one at Tulane on Dec. 29. It marked the ninth double-double of her career.

Nineteenth Double-Digit Effort for Roberson
Senior Ashlee Roberson turned in her 19th double-digit scoring output of the season with 14 points at Missouri.

Career-High Points for Smalls
Freshman point guard Monique Smalls scored a career-high 13 points against then No. 14/15 Baylor, breaking her previous high of 11 points which she had twice this year against then No. 11/12 Oklahoma and versus North Dakota back in December.

Three-Straight Games of 20-Plus Points
Senior Jordan Murphree turned in two 20-plus point performances last week, marking three-straight games of 20-plus points. Last week Murphree had 26 points in the overtime win at Kansas State and 21 points in the loss to Oklahoma State. She also had 20 points in the game against Kansas prior to those two games. Murphree has scored 20 or more points eight times this season.

Barncastle Nails the Three
Sophomore Jordan Barncastle hit a career-high five three-pointers against the Cowgirls. She scored 17 points in the game with the other two points coming at the free throw line.

Season-High Three-Pointers
The Lady Raiders tied a season-high 13 three-pointers against Oklahoma State. Tech also made 13 three-pointers against Arkansas-Pine Bluff earlier this season. The 13 threes were just one shy of the school record 14 set in 2004 versus Oklahoma State.

Smalls Doing Dishes
Freshman Monique Smalls tied her career high of eight assists against Oklahoma State. She also dished out eight assists at OSU and against Arkansas-Pine Bluff back in November.

Murphree Leads Tech Over K-State
Senior Jordan Murphree scored a game-high 26 points, including 10 in the overtime period, to lead Texas Tech to a 75-67 win at Kansas State.

Roberson Adds More Double-Doubles
Senior Ashlee Roberson had her eighth, ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season in three-straight games as she had 10 points and 11 rebounds at then No. 15/14 Oklahoma State, then 12 points and 10 boards at then No. 18/19 Baylor and 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Kansas. She now has 13 double-doubles in her career.

Mallard Returns to Action
Sophomore Kierra Mallard returned to the court against Kansas after missing the previous four games due to a suspension. Mallard came off the bench and scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and tallied two blocks, two steals and two assists.

Offensive Glass
For the second time in three games, the Lady Raiders grabbed a season-high 21 offensive rebounds. Tech had 21 rebounds at Oklahoma State on Feb. 13 and then pulled down another 21 boards against Kansas.

Barncastle Pours in Career High
Sophomore Jordan Barncastle led Tech in an upset at then No. 15/14 Oklahoma State as she poured in a career-high 19 points, breaking her previous career high of 17 points set earlier this season against San Francisco. She also nailed a career-high three three-pointers in that game.

Roberson Leads Tech to Upset Aggies
Senior Ashlee Roberson scored a game-high 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and hit a career-high four three-pointers to lead Texas Tech in upsetting No. 13/11 Texas A&M. It the first time the Lady Raiders had upset a top 25 team since beating No. 8/12 Texas, 65-62 on Jan. 10, 2009. It was Roberson's fourth time to score 20 or more points this season.

Brown Returns to Starting Lineup
Freshman Chynna Brown returned to the starting lineup in the games at Iowa State and at Texas. She started the first two games of the season before coming off the bench the next 18 contests. At Texas, she scored eight points in the first half before being sidelined with an injury. Her injury kept her out of the Texas A&M game on Feb. 10, and she returned to action at Oklahoma State the following game and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.

Smalls Snatches the Ball
Freshman Monique Smalls tied her career high of six steals at then No. 22/18 Iowa State. She also had six steals against Prairie View A&M back in November.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Senior Tilmila Martin graduated in December and senior Ashlee Roberson will graduate in May, both with degrees in human development and family studies.

On the Tube
Texas Tech had 12 regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders appeared on ESPNU three times, FSN twice, FSN Kansas City (FSNKC) once and the Texas Tech Sports Network (TTSN) six times. Tech played Tennessee (L, 53-91), at Texas (L, 51-81) and Kansas (W, 68-51) on ESPNU. The Lady Raiders' games on FSN included Texas (L2OT, 90-95) and Oklahoma State (L, 70-80). Tech's game at Kansas State (WOT, 75-67) was on FSNKC. The six games on TTSN were 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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