Lady Raiders Begin Seven-Game Homestand with Arkansas-Pine Bluff

The Lady Raiders begin their seven-game homestand with Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 22

The Lady Raiders begin their seven-game homestand with Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 22
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Game 3 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff • November 22, 2009
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas • 2 p.m. • TTSN

The Game
Texas Tech (1-1) returns home to begin a seven-game homestand starting with Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-3) on Sun., Nov. 22, at 2 p.m., at the United Spirit Arena. It is the first meeting between the two schools.

On the Air
The game is being televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network as David Thetford (play-by-play) and Crystal Boles (color analyst) call the game. It will air locally in Lubbock on KMYL - My Lubbock TV, and in Waco on MYTX-2. 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 streaming is also available through RaiderVision All-Access and live stats are available through gametracker at www.texastech.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 1-1 on the season after losing to No. 6/5 Tennessee, 91-53, in the ESPNU Road to the Championship in San Antonio on Tuesday night. On the year, sophomore Kierra Mallard paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 15.0 average followed by sophomore Jordan Barncastle at 10.0. Senior Ashlee Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.0 boards and Mallard is averaging 7.5. Roberson is shooting 53.3 percent from the field, while Barncastle and Mallard are 100 percent from the three-point arc and the free throw line, respectively. Senior Jordan Murphree and freshman Monique Smalls have a team-high six assists each. Murphree also leads the team in steals with five. Mallard is the top shot blocker with three blocks. Tech is shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 20 percent from the three-point line and 70.6 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-3 prior to its game at Ole Miss on Friday. On the year, freshman Jasmine Abrams leads the Lady Lions in scoring with an 11.7 average followed by senior Shavondra Holmes at 11.3. Junior Rekevia Brown is the top rebounder, averaging 7.3 rebounds per contest. Junior Laquisha Slaton has team highs of eight assists and 13 steals. Abrams and Holmes are the top shot blockers with three blocks apiece. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is shooting 30.6 percent from the field, 19 percent from three-point range and 46.4 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the first meeting between Texas Tech and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

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 49-48 at Tech and a career record of 228-99 in 11 years. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Cary Shelton is in his first year as a head coach with a career record of 0-3.

The Last Time Out
November 17, (AP) - Taber Spani scored 18 points and Glory Johnson added 17 as the Lady Vols downed Texas Tech 91-53 on Tuesday night in what Tennessee hopes will be the first of two trips to the Final Four city this season. The road back is bound to be tougher: Tennessee opened the second half on a 32-4 run, held Texas Tech to 30 percent shooting and handed the game over to Spani and the rest of the Lady Vols bench early. About the only thing giving the game a Final Four feel was defending national champion Connecticut watching nearby, waiting to play No. 10 Texas in the second game of a doubleheader. Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 points for the Tennessee and Angie Bjorklund sank four 3-pointers to finish with 14. Kierra Mallard scored 15 points and was the only player in double figures for Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders have never beaten the Lady Vols in six tries. Tennessee flirted with holding Texas Tech to a single-game school record for poor field percentage before the Lady Raiders scored 21 of their points in the final 10 minutes. Before then, Texas Tech was shooting just under 24 percent from the floor.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech 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. Tech returns to the road for a game at UCLA on Fri., Dec. 18, at 9 p.m. CST before hosting Mercer on Mon., Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders finish 2009 by competing in the Tulane DoubleTree Classic taking on North Dakota on Mon., Dec. 28, at 8 p.m., and then will play either Long Island or Tulane in either the consolation or championship game on Tues., Dec. 29 at 6 or 8 p.m.

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.

Roberson Snags Fourth Career Double-Double
After scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win over Sam Houston State, senior Ashlee Roberson has now snagged four double-doubles in her career. It was also the second-straight game for her to record double-digit boards as she finished 2008-09 with 13 versus Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. Last season, she only had one double-double and it didn't come until the Jan. 31 game against Oklahoma State in Lubbock.

Barncastle Ties Career-High Points
For the third time in her career, sophomore Jordan Barncastle scored a career-high 14 points against Sam Houston State. She hadn't matched that high since scoring 14 against Lamar on Nov. 21, 2008.

Fifty Percent from the Field
In its first game of the year, Texas Tech managed to shoot over 50 percent from the field. The Lady Raiders hit 36-of-67 shot attempts for 53.7 percent against Sam Houston State. It was the first time Tech had shot over 50 percent since shooting 57.9 percent against Sacramento State on Dec. 20, 2008.

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 is now 92 points shy of the 1,000-point plateau. In her previous three seasons, the Brock, Texas, native had 283 points as a freshman, 323 as a sophomore and 283 as a junior. She has scored 19 points so far this year.

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.

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.

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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