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Tech Opens Basketball Travelers Invitational Friday


Christine Hyde leads Tech with 23 rebounds through three games.

Nov. 23, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech women's basketball team begins a three-day tournament on Friday when it opens up the Basketball Travelers Invitational against Southern Utah at 6 p.m. at United Spirit Arena.

Nicholls (4-1) and New Orleans (1-2) will follow with their game at 8 p.m.

The round robin tournament will continue through Saturday and Sunday with each team playing a total of three games.

Tech (2-1) will face Southern Utah (1-1) and Nicholls for the first time ever while Sunday's finale against New Orleans will mark the first game between the two schools since 1983. New Orleans leads the series 2-0.

The Lady Raiders began a seven-game home stand on Sunday with a 61-41 win over Lipscomb. Tech has scored 61 points in each of its three regular season games, looking for the offense to open up a little bit this weekend after a full week of practice.

"It's good to be at home and playing back-to-back-to-back. We'd much rather be playing than practicing," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "It's a good chance for us to get better with each game so we're looking forward to it."

Senior guard Monique Smalls has led Tech in scoring in the last two games and followed her career-high 22-point performance at New Mexico last week with a 14-point performance on Sunday, draining a career-high four 3-pointers in the process.

She currently leads the team in points (42, 14.0 ppg), 3-point percentage (.667), field goals (16), field goal percentage (.640), 3-pointers (6), assists (8), steals (10) and minutes played (102, 34.0 mpg).

Tech has also been able to work in freshman Kellyn Schneider at forward. She scored six points in 18 minutes and added five rebounds and three blocks - giving senior Christine Hyde some added help on the boards.

"We need some minutes," Curry said. "We've been in and out so much with injuries and other things that I think it will be good to get a rotation down a little bit and hopefully stay healthy and get Jackie back, get Kellyn more minutes, get Haley back in the swing of things and we'll just see how it goes.

Player to Watch: Christine Hyde, Sr., Forward

Hyde has been the top rebounder for Texas Tech in all three games this season, grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds in Sunday's home opening win over Lipscomb. She has 23 rebounds through three games - 10 more than any other player on the team and will get her second start of the season on Friday. It will be the first time she has started in consecutive games since injuring her knee in February last season.


 

 

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