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The Lady Raiders open the regular season on Nov. 14.

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Game 1 vs. Sam Houston State • November 14, 2009
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas • 3:30 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech opens the 2009-10 regular season by hosting Sam Houston State on Sat., Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. 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 (play-by-play) and Crystal Boles (color commentary) call the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at www.texastech.com through RaiderVision All-Access. Live streaming is also available through RaiderVision All-Access and live stats are available through gametracker at www.texastech.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech returns just five letterwinners, including three starters, from last season, but welcomes two redshirt freshmen and five healthy freshmen. Among the veterans returning are seniors Jordan Murphree, Ashlee Roberson and Tilmila Martin. Murphree is Tech's top returning scorer after averaging 11.3 points per game. The other two returnees are sophomores Jordan Barncastle and Kierra Mallard. Mallard, one of the top freshmen in the Big 12 last year, is Tech's top returning rebounder at 7.9 boards per outing and is the second leading returning scorer at 9.8 points. Mallard led all Big 12 freshmen last year in scoring and rebounding and is the league's top returning rebounder among all classes this year. Sophomore Kaylan Talley and freshman Lindie Kimbro will see their first action after sitting out last season. The Lady Raiders also have five healthy freshmen in Marissa Ashton, Chynna Brown, Mary Bokenkamp, Christine Hyde and Monique Smalls. Freshman Shauntal Nobles will redshirt this year after rupturing her Achilles during preseason workouts. Also on the Tech bench is sophomore transfer Casey Morris, who played her freshman year at California and will sit out 2009-10 due to NCAA transfer rules, and junior transfer Teena Wickett. Tech has applied for a waiver for Wickett to determine if she can play this year or if she will have to sit out this season as well.

The Opponent
Sam Houston State played two exhibition games, beating Texas A&M-International, 80-74, on Nov. 7, and McMurray, 89-66, on Nov. 9. The Bearkats return their top five scorers, including four starters, from a team that went 9-20 last season. Senior Brittany Brooks is the top returning scorer after averaging 10.7 points last year. Senior Whitney Smith averaged 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Bearkats in 2009-10.

The Series
The Lady Raiders hold a 3-0 advantage over the Bearkats after winning the last meeting, 84-51, in Lubbock on Nov. 27, 2007. Tech's other two victories came on Dec. 1, 1990, in a 73-43 triumph in Lubbock, and on March 2, 1978, 101-70, in the first round of the AIAW State Tournament in San Angelo.

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 48-47 at Tech and a career record of 227-98 in 10 years. Brenda Welch-Nichols is in her fourth year as head coach of the Bearkats with a record of 15-72. She is also in her 15th year as a head coach with a career record of 147-220.

Season and Home Openers
Texas Tech is 23-11 in season openers and 3-0 in the Kristy Curry era. Last year, Tech defeated Idaho, 90-55, in its season opener on Nov. 14, which was also the home opener. Tech is 31-3 in home openers and 3-0 in Curry era.

The Last Time Out
November 9 - In its only exhibition game of the year, the Texas Tech women's basketball team dropped a 71-65 contest to Lubbock Christian University. In the first half, there were just two lead changes with Tech leading the first 13 minutes before LCU took the lead at 18-17 on a three-pointer by Ashley Coggins. The Lady Raiders regained the lead at 6:22 on a jumper by Ashlee Roberson. Tech's biggest lead of the half was 13, but went into the locker room at half with just a one-point advantage at 34-33. LCU came out strong in the second half and got the lead back at 14:58 on a jumper by Severyn Smith. The Lady Chaps held Tech scoreless for a six-minute stretch before a basket by Kierra Mallard with 10 minutes remaining to put the score 44-41 in favor of LCU. The Lady Raiders fought back and took a one-point lead at 55-54 as Jordan Murphree got a steal and handed it off to Monique Smalls for a layup with 4:16 to go, but that would be the last time Tech would have the upper hand. LCU went on to outscore Tech 17-10 to claim the win. Murphree led Tech in scoring with 19 points and Roberson added 17. Roberson and Mallard both had a game-high eight rebounds. Brittany Hampton led the Lady Chaps with 22 points, including a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line. LCU outshot the Lady Raiders 44.4 percent to 37.9, and outrebounded them 40-29.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the ESPNU Road to the Championship as they take on Tennessee on Tues., Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Tech returns home to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sun., Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. on the Texas Tech Sports Network. Tech then hosts the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tourney Nov. 27-29 as it plays San Francisco on Fri, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m., Texas-Arlington on Sat., Nov. 28, at 8 p.m., and Prairie View A&M on Sun., Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. The Lady Raiders continue their homestand with games against Texas State on Wed., Dec. 2, at 8 p.m., New Mexico on Sat., Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. and Lamar on Tues., Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

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.

Murphree Nearing 1,000 Points
Senior Jordan Murphree enters the season 111 points shy of the 1,000-point plateau. In her previous three seasons, the Brock, Texas, native 283 as a freshman, 323 as a sophomore and 283 as a junior. Her 889 points currently ranks 11th among top returning career scorers in the Big 12 Conference.

League's Top Returning Rebounder
Sophomore Kierra Mallard averaged 7.9 rebounds in 2008-09, which led all freshmen in the league. Entering the season, Mallard was the top returning rebounder in the Big 12 for all classes.

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) who hailed from Trinidad-Tobago.

New Faces
Texas Tech has eight new faces in its locker room this year. Five of the eight are currently active. Freshmen Marissa Ashton, Chynna Brown, Mary Bokenkamp, Christine Hyde and Monique Smalls will all suit up for the exhibition game. Freshman Shauntal Nobles will redshirt this year after rupturing her Achilles during preseason workouts. Sophomore transfer Casey Morris will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, and junior transfer Teena Wickett has applied for a wavier to play this season. If the waiver is approved, she will suit up this year, if not, then she will wait to play until the 2010-11 season.

Class Breakdown
The 2009-10 Lady Raiders are young. This year's rosters has just three upperclassmen with three seniors - Tilmila Martin, Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson - and just one junior in Teena Wickett. The sophomore class consists of Jordan Barncastle, Kierra Mallard and Kaylan Talley. The biggest class is the freshmen with five - Marissa Ashton, Chynna Brown, Mary Bokenkamp, Christine Hyde and Monique Smalls.

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.

On the Tube
Texas Tech will have 12 regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders will appear on ESPNU three times, FSN twice, FSN Kansas City (FSNKC) once and the Texas Tech Sports Network (TTSN) six times. Tech will play Tennessee (Nov. 17), at Texas (Feb. 7) and Kansas (Feb. 21) on ESPNU. The Lady Raiders' games on FSN include texas (Jan. 16) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 28). Tech's game at Kansas State (Feb. 24) will be on FSNKC. The six games on TTSN are Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2 p.m.), Savannah State (Jan. 2), at Oklahoma (Jan. 9), Colorado (Jan. 12), Nebraska (Jan. 27) and Oklahoma (Jan. 30).

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, will be televised every Sunday starting Jan. 10. 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 will be held each Monday starting Jan. 4 from 6-7 p.m. The show will air on Double T 104.3 (KTTU FM) locally. The location of the show will be announced at a later date.

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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