Texas Tech and Washington State Battle on Sunday

The Lady Raiders face Washington State on Sunday.

The Lady Raiders face Washington State on Sunday.
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Game 2 vs. Washington State • November 16, 2008
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas • 2 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (1-0) plays its second game of the season by hosting Washington State (0-0) on Sun., Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is the season-opening game for the Cougars.

On the Air
The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Ryan Hyatt and Crystal Boles calls 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 enters the game with a 1-0 record after beating Idaho, 90-55, in its season opener on Friday in Lubbock. On the year, junior Maddy Brown paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with an 18.0 average followed by freshman Kierra Mallard at 16.0, junior Dominic Seals at 14.0, junior Jordan Murphree at 13.0 and freshman Jordan Barncastle at 13.0. Mallard and Barncastle are the top rebounders, grabbing 8.0 boards per outing. Brown is shooting team highs of 75 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from three-point range. Seals and Murphree are both 1.000 percent from the free throw line. Moore has a team-high seven assists, while Barncastle is the top shot blocker with two blocks. Five players have each tallied one steal. The Lady Raiders are shooting 53.2 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Washington State returns all five starters from last season along with four additional letterwinners and welcomes seven freshmen to this year's squad. The Cougars' top returning players are senior Katie Appleton, who averaged 14.0 points last season, and senior Ebonee Coates, who averaged 7.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. Last year, Washington State finished with a 5-25 record and went 2-16 in the Pac-10 Conference.

The Coaches
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her third season at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Curry has compiled a record of 33-32 at Tech and a career record of 212-83 in her 10th year. June Daugherty is in her second year at Washington State with a record of 5-25. She is in her 20th year as a head coach with a career record of 319-238.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds a 2-0 advantage over Washington State after winning last year's game, 89-45, on Dec. 1, in Pullman, Wash. Tech also won the first meeting, 75-63, Jan. 4, 1992, in the Southwest Conference/Pac-10 Challenge in Seattle, Wash.

Last Time Out
Texas Tech moved to 3-0 in season-opening games in the Kristy Curry era as the Lady Raiders were victorious over Idaho, 90-55. Maddy Brown had the hot hand for Tech scoring a game-high 18 points.

In their first game of the year, the Lady Raiders (1-0) opened the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back. The closest the Vandals (0-1) would get was three points in the early minutes of the game.

Tech got its first double-digit lead at 29-19 on a free throw by Dominic Seals. Its biggest lead of the half was 20 on a three-pointer by Jordan Murphree with three seconds to go in the first period. The Lady Raiders led 45-27 at the half. Seals had 12 of her 14 points in the first half as Tech shot 54.8 percent from the field.

The Lady Raiders opened the second period on a jumper by Seals to go up by 20 again. The largest lead of the night, 38 points, came with 56 seconds to go in the game on a pair of free throws by Kierra Mallard, and again with 19 second left on a jumper by Mallard.

Along with Brown, who tied a career-high five three-pointers, and Seals, Tech had three others score in double figures as Mallard and Jordan Barncastle had 16 and 13 points, respectively in their debut, and Murphree also chipped in 13. Barncastle and Mallard just missed a double-double as both had a team-high eight rebounds. Maria Moored dished out seven assists in the win.

Tech connected on 33-of-62 shot attempts for a 53.2 shooting percentage to Idaho's 34.9 percent (22-of-63). The Lady Raiders outrebounded the Vandals 43-33.

Tech only committed nine rebounds on the night.

Yinka Olorunnife and Derisa Taleni both scored 12 points for Idaho.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech hosts games with Lamar on Fri., Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., and Texas-Arlington on Sun., Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. The Lady Raiders hit the road for the first time by playing in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Tech faces Iowa on Thurs., Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. CST, California on Fri., Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. CST, and South Florida on Sat., Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. CST. The Lady Raiders return home for a game with UNLV on Tues., Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. That game will be televised on the Texas Tech Television Network. Tech will have 11-days off for finals before playing at New Mexico on Sat., Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on the Mountain West Sports Network. Tech returns home for two games prior to Christmas with contests against Prairie View A&M on Thurs., Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., and versus Sacramento State on Sat., Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders face UCLA on Mon., Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. in their final game of 2008.

Five in Double Digits in Season Opener
Texas Tech had five players score in double digits in its season opener against Idaho. Junior Maddy Brown led the way with 18 points followed by freshman Kierra Mallard with 16, junior Dominic Seals with 14 and junior Jordan Murphree and freshman Jordan Barncastle with 13 apiece.

Brown Has Career High at Tech
Junior Maddy Brown's 18 points against Idaho were a career high for her at Tech. Brown, who played her freshman year at Pittsburgh, scored 21 points against Duquesne on Nov. 30, 2005 for the Panthers. Brown also tied her career high of five three-pointers against the Vandals.

Did You Feel It?
Tech's three newcomers made their presence felt in their first collegiate game against Idaho. Freshman Kierra Mallard had 16 points and eight rebounds, while fellow freshman Jordan Barncastle finished with 13 points and eight boards. Junior Tilmila Martin chipped in seven points and five rebounds in the victory.

`Reddy' or Not Here We Come
The season-opening game marked a first in a long time for Tech as the Lady Raiders sported red uniforms for the first time at home during the Kristy Curry era. Tech had always worn white uniforms in Lubbock the last two years. It is thought Tech has only worn red at home on one other occasion in a tournament they hosted in the `90s.

Keeping Control
Texas Tech committed just nine turnovers versus Idaho. It marked the first time the Lady Raiders had less than 10 turnovers since committing nine turnovers against Iowa State on March 1, 2007.

Fifty Percent
The Lady Raiders shot over 50 percent in their first outing of the season. Tech shot 53.2 percent from the field against the Vandals, connecting on 33-of-62 shots. Tech shot 50 percent or better on four occasions last season.

New Faces
The Lady Raiders have five new additions to this year's roster. Sophomore Kaylan Talley redshirted last year after suffering a torn ACL during the 2007 summer. Tech welcomed four new faces to campus this year in junior Tilmila Martin and freshmen Jordan Barncastle, Lindie Kimbro and Kierra Mallard. Kimbro is redshirting the 2008-09 season.

Class Breakdown
This year's teams consists of five seniors - Tiny Henderson, Maria Moore, Alana Rumph, Dominic Seals and Keisha Walker; four juniors - Maddy Brown, Tilmila Martin, Jordan Murphree and Ashlee Roberson; one sophomore - Kaylan Talley; and three freshmen - Jordan Barncastle, Lindie Kimbro and Kierra Mallard.

Across the Nation
The 13 Lady Raiders hail from four states across the country with 10 coming from the state of Texas. Junior Maddy Brown is from the furthest east, hailing from Honeoye Falls, N.Y., while senior Maria Moore is from the furthest west coming from Sparks, Nev. And senior Keisha Walker calls Kansas City, Mo., home.

Degree in Hand
Senior Tiny Henderson graduated in August 2008 with a degree in exercise and sports science. Henderson is currently working on a master's degree in sports management.

On the Tube
Texas Tech will have 11 regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders will appear on FSN twice, FSN Rocky Mountain (FSNRM) and Mountain West Sports Network (MWSN) once each and the Texas Tech Television Network (TTTN) seven times. Tech will play at New Mexico (Dec. 13) on MWSN. The Lady Raiders host Baylor (Jan. 24) and play at Nebraska (Feb. 14) both on FSN. Tech's seven games on the TTTN include UNLV (Dec. 2), UCLA (Dec. 29), Kansas State (Jan. 21), Oklahoma (Feb. 17), Iowa State (Feb. 28) at Oklahoma (Mar. 4) and Missouri (Mar. 7).

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)

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. 4. 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. 5 from 6-7 p.m. The show will air on KFYO-AM 790 locally. The show will be held at Dion's located at 2721 82nd Street. There will not be a show on Mon., Feb. 2, but rather on Tues., Feb. 3, as the Lady Raiders have a home game on Feb. 2. Texas Tech (1-0) plays its second game of the season by hosting Washington State (0-0) on Sun., Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is the season-opening game for the Cougars.




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