Texas Tech Takes on Wyoming in Second Round of WNIT

Texas Tech plays at Wyoming in the second round of the WNIT.

Texas Tech plays at Wyoming in the second round of the WNIT.
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Game 33 vs. Wyoming • March 23, 2010
Arena Auditorium (15,028) • Laramie, Wyo. • 8 p.m. CDT

The Game
Texas Tech (18-14/5-11 Big 12) plays at Wyoming (20-11/9-7 MWC) in the second round of the Postseason WNIT on Tues., March 23, at 8 p.m. CDT, at Arena Auditorium. It is the fourth meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Steve Strain calls the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at www.texastech.com through RaiderVision All-Access. Live stats are available through gametracker on the Texas Tech website.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 18-14 overall after beating Houston, 80-77, in the first round of the WNIT on March 18. Tech finished in a three-way tie for eighth in the Big 12 with a 5-11 record. On the year, senior Ashlee Roberson paces the Lady Raiders in scoring at 12.4 points per game followed by senior Jordan Murphree at 12.3 and sophomore Kierra Mallard at 11.5. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.6 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.1 rebounds. Mallard is shooting a team-best 44.6 percent from the field, while sophomore Jordan Barncastle is shooting 43.8 percent from the three-point arc and 84.1 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Monique Smalls has team highs of 128 assists and 61 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 55 blocks. Tech is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from the three-point range and 65.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Wyoming stands at 20-11 overall and finished Mountain West Conference play with a 9-7 record. The Cowgirls defeated Nevada, 74-53, in the first round of the WNIT on March 19, in Laramie. On the year, junior Hillary Carlson leads the Cowgirls in scoring with a 15.5 average followed by junior Aubrey Vandiver at 14.5 and sophomore Emma Langford at 11.3. Vandiver is the top rebounder, averaging 9.7 boards per outing. Langford has a team-high 105 assists and Vandiver leads the team in steals with 50. Carlson is the top shot blocker with 94 blocks. Wyoming is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from the three-point arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
Texas Tech and Wyoming are meeting for the fourth time in the series with the Lady Raiders holding a 2-1 advantage over the Cowgirls. Tech had originally won all three previous games in the series but later on had to forfeit the series opener during the 1978-79 season due to the use of an ineligible player. The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 6, 2003, when Tech beat Wyoming, 77-26, in Lubbock. This is the first meeting between the two schools in Laramie. The two played in Casper, Wyo., on Dec. 14, 2002, as the Lady Raiders defeated the Cowgirls, 84-64.

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 66-61 at Tech and a career record of 244-112 in 11 years. Joe Legerski is in his seventh year as head coach at Wyoming with a career record of 135-80.

Common Opponents
Texas Tech and Wyoming had two common opponents this season in North Dakota and New Mexico. Tech beat North Dakota in the Tulane DoubleTree Classic and the Cowgirls won at North Dakota. The Lady Raiders defeated New Mexico in Lubbock, while Wyoming slip with New Mexico during conference play, winning at home and losing in Albuquerque.

The Last Time Out
March 18 - After being down by 16 points in the first half, the Texas Tech women's basketball team fought back to get a three-point win, 80-77, over Houston in the first round of the Postseason Women's NIT. The first half belonged to Houston from the beginning as it opened the game scoring the first seven points. Tech didn't score its first points until the 16:34 mark when Monique Smalls hit two free throws. The Lady Raiders didn't hit their first field goal until Ashlee Roberson made a layup with 12:27 to go in the half. The Cougars got up by as many as 16 points twice in that period, the last coming at 34-18 with 5:35 to go. From there, Tech went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to nine. Tech got within seven points on a jumper by Marissa Ashton at the 2:18 mark and again on another jumper by Ashton with 1:32 to play. Houston led 37-29 at the break. The last 20 minutes were a different story for the Lady Raiders. The Cougars scored the opening basket of the half to go up by 10 as Brittany Mason hit a jumper at 19:41. Tech responded by going on a 10-4 run over the next three and a half minutes to cut the lead to four at 43-39. Houston's Roxana Button nailed a three-pointer at 15:12 to give the Cougars a 46-39 advantage. The Lady Raiders momentum continued as they outscored Houston 10-2 in a three-minute time span and took its first lead of the game on a jumper by Roberson to put Tech up 49-48 with 12:13 left in the contest. Houston scored again at 11:26 on a jumper by Mason to take back the lead at 50-49. Over the next three minutes, Tech scored 10-straight points to go up by nine points, 59-50. Houston started to make a comeback as it cut the Lady Raiders' lead to two, 66-64, when Porsche Landry made a jumper with 2:26 remaining. The last two minutes of the game Houston got within one point four times, including seven seconds left in the game. The Lady Raiders connected on 13-straight free throws over the span of three minutes and 44 seconds to keep the lead the rest of the contest. Jordan Barncastle drained four of those free throws in the last 13 seconds for Tech to hang on to claim the three-point victory. Tech had four players finish in double figures led by a career-high 16 points for Christine Hyde. Barncastle finished with 12 points and Roberson and Ashton both had 11 points apiece. Kierra Mallard grabbed 11 rebounds, while Smalls dished out six assists. The Lady Raiders shot 36.4 percent (20-55) from the field to Houston's 45.5 percent (30-66). Tech outrebounded the Cougars 46-34. On the night, Tech hit 36-of-47 free throw attempts for 76.6 percent. Both free throws made and attempted were a season high for the Lady Raiders.

NCAA Stats
As of games through March 14, freshman Monique Smalls is 37th in assist/turnover ratio at 1.79 and sophomore Kierra Mallard ranks 43rd in blocked shots per game at 2.0, 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 1,270 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 194 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.

Most Season Wins in Curry Era
With the win over Houston in the first round of the WNIT, Tech got its 18th win of the season, marking the most wins in a season in the Kristy Curry era.

Career-High Points for Hyde
Freshman Christine Hyde scored a career-high 16 points in leading Tech to the win over Houston. She also tied her career high of seven rebounds, which she also had against Sam Houston State in the season opener.

Eleventh Double-Double for Roberson
Senior Ashlee Roberson recorded her 11th double-double of the season and the 14th of her career as she had 13 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. It was also her 20th double-digit scoring effort this season. She also tied her career high of three blocks versus the Wildcats.

Mallard Picks Up Another Double-Digit Scoring Effort
Sophomore Kierra Mallard added 11 points against the Wildcats for her 16th double-digit scoring game of the season.

Barncastle Returns
Sophomore Jordan Barncastle returned to action against Kansas State after missing the Missouri game after suffering a nasal fracture in the Baylor game. Barncastle wore a protective mask in her first game back but has since shedded the mask.

Murphree Ties Career-High Blocks
Senior Jordan Murphree tallied two blocks against Kansas State which tied her career high. It was the first time this season she has had two blocks and the sixth time in her career.

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.

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.

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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