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The Lady Raiders host New Mexico Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

The Lady Raiders host New Mexico Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
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Game 8 vs. New Mexico • December 5, 2009
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas • 2 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (6-1) continues its seven-game homestand as it hosts New Mexico (5-2) on Sat., Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., at the United Spirit Arena. It is the 13th 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 analyst) 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 is 6-1 on the season after beating Texas State, 75-71, on Wednesday night. On the year, sophomore Kierra Mallard paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 16.1 average followed by senior Ashlee Roberson at 11.1 and senior Jordan Murphree at 10.3. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.9 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.1 rebounds. Mallard is shooting 52.4 percent from the field, while Roberson is shooting 30.8 percent from the three-point arc and sophomore Jordan Barncastle is shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line. Smalls has a team-high 34 assists. Murphree leads the team in steals with 19. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 13 blocks. Tech is shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from the three-point line and 66.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
New Mexico owns a 5-2 record after winning at New Mexico State, 92-85, on Wednesday. On the year, senior Amy Beggin leads the Lobos in scoring with a 15.4 average followed by sophomore Lauren Taylor at 11.6 and sophomore Sara Halasz at 11.1. Junior Amanda Best is the top rebounder, averaging 5.3 rebounds a game. Beggin has a team-high 22 assists and junior Jessica Kielpinski leads the team in steals with 12 and blocks with 10. New Mexico is shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from the three-point arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the 13th meeting between Texas Tech and New Mexico with the Lady Raiders holding a 10-2 advantage. The Lobos have won two of the last three games, including last year's 63-54 win in Albuquerque on Dec. 13. Tech's last victory came on March 29, 2003, in the NCAA Sweet 16 when the Lady Raiders beat the Lobos, 71-48, in Albuquerque to advance to the Elite Eight. This is the first time the two teams have played in Lubbock since Dec. 4, 2000, when Tech won 80-56. Tech is 5-0 against UNM at home.

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 54-48 at Tech and a career record of 233-99 in 11 years. Don Flanagan is in his 15th year at New Mexico with a career record of 312-139.

The Last Time Out
December 2 - Despite being outscored 13-0 the final three and half minutes of the game, the Texas Tech women's basketball team hung on to beat Texas State, 75-71. The first half was a tight one as Tech's biggest lead was only eight points. Texas State scored the first bucket of the game, which was its only lead of the contest. The Lady Raiders' eight-point advantage came at 16-8 when Kierra Mallard hit a jumper at 12:54. The Bobcats got within one twice, the last coming with three and half minutes remaining in the period at 25-24. From there, Tech outscored Texas State 16-10 to take a 41-34 lead at the half. The Lady Raiders came out in the second half and scored the first five points to take a 12-point lead at 46-34 on a layup by Tilmila Martin. Texas State cut the lead to five, 48-43, at 15:19 on a layup by Verinus Kalu. With 5:48 to go in the game, Tech went up by 11 on a layup by Mallard and had a double-digit lead for the next two minutes, including its largest lead of the game of 17 points at 75-58 with 3:36 to go on a layup by Jordan Murphree. That basket was the last one the Lady Raiders scored as the Bobcats went on to score 13-straight points to end the game. Mallard led all players with 25 points, a career high, while Murphree added 13 points. Ashlee Roberson recorded her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Monique Smalls added a career-high 10 points. Anna Brzozowski had 14 points to lead Texas State. The Bobcats outshot Tech from the field - 54.5 percent to 43.5 percent, while both teams ended the game with 33 rebounds apiece.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders conclude their seven-game homestand with Lamar on Tues., Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Tech hits 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. Tech concludes non-conference play as it hosts Savannah State on Sat., Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. on the Texas Tech Sport Network (TTSN). The Lady Raiders open Big 12 play on Sat., Jan. 9, at Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. on the TTSN and then host Colorado on Tues., Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. also on the TTSN. Tech will play Texas in Lubbock on Sat., Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. on FSN.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Nov. 29, freshman Monique Smalls ranks 13th in assist/turnover ratio at 3.10 and is tied for 37th in assists per game at 5.2, among all NCAA Division I players. Texas Tech ranks 11th in steals per game at 12.8, 28th in scoring margin at 18.8, 32nd in assists per game at 16.7, 34th in turnover margin at 5.17, 40th in field goal percentage at 44.9, 45th in scoring offense at 74.7 and 46th in assist/turnover ratio at 0.94, among all NCAA Division I teams.

Mallard Pours in Career High
Sophomore Kierra Mallard poured in a career-high 25 points against Texas State Wednesday night breaking her previous high of 23 points, which she had against Savannah State last season. It was the first time in her career to turn in back-to-back games of 20 or more points as she had 21 against Prairie View A&M in the game prior.

Seeing Double
Senior Ashlee Roberson recorded her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats. It also marked the fifth double-double effort of her career.

Small But Mighty
Freshman Monique Smalls had her first double-digit scoring output of her short collegiate career as she scored a career-high 10 points versus Texas State. Her previous career high was eight against Texas-Arlington.

Steals Leader
Senior Jordan Murphree tied her career-high five steals against Texas State. She has had five steals three times in her career and leads Tech in that category this season with 19. The Lady Raiders currently lead all Big 12 schools in steals per game at 13.3.

Three Receive Tournament Honors
Sophomore Kierra Mallard averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tourney to be named MVP of the tournament. Mallard scored a then season-high 21 points against Prairie View A&M, while recording her first double-double of the season and the fifth of her career with 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds against Texas-Arlington. She also added career highs of six blocks and four assists versus UTA. Senior Ashlee Roberson and freshman Monique Smalls were named to the all-tournament team as well.

Smalls Dishing It Out
Freshman Monique Smalls has compiled 34 assists so far this season and committed just 14 turnovers for a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio. Smalls currently ranks third in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio among all players and is the top freshman in the league in that category.

Stealing the Show
Freshman Monique Smalls collected a career-high six steals against Prairie View A&M. For the game, Texas Tech tallied 18 steals which was a season high.

Tech Hold Opponents to Under 40 in Back-to-Back Games
For the first time since December 2003, the Lady Raiders held consecutive opponents to under 40 points. Texas Tech allowed 38 points to San Francisco and 37 to Texas-Arlington.

Career High for Barncastle
Sophomore Jordan Barncastle scored a career-high 17 points in the win over San Francisco, breaking her previous career high of 14 points which she had three times, including once this season. She also tied her season-high seven rebounds.

Murphree Scores Season High
Senior Jordan Murphree had a season-high 15 points against San Francisco. Her previous best this season was 11 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Four in Double Figures in Win Over UAPB
The Lady Raiders had four players score in double figures in the 40-point win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Senior Ashlee Roberson led the way with 21, just one shy of tying her career high. Freshman Marissa Ashton came off the bench to score a career-high 14 and senior Jordan Murphree and sophomore Kierra Mallard both chipped in 11 points.

Raining 3s
Texas Tech hit 13 three-pointers against UAPB, barely missing the school record of 14 for most three-pointers in a game. The Lady Raiders shot 56.5 percent (13-23) long range.

Ashton Has Big Day
To go along with her career-high 14 points, freshman Marissa Ashton also added career highs of eight rebounds, two assists and three three-pointers against the Lady Lions.

Stealing the Show
Senior Ashlee Roberson tied her career high of five steals against UAPB. She also had five steals at Oklahoma on March 4, 2009.

Doing Dishes
Texas Tech finished the UAPB game with 25 assists, which marked the first time it had done so since tallying 30 against Miami on Dec. 6, 2004. Of those 25, freshman Monique Smalls dished out a career-high eight assists and did not commit a turnover versus UAPB. In the first two games of the year, Smalls had four and two assists, respectively.

Fifty Percent from the Field, Again
For the second time in three games, Texas Tech shot at least 50 percent from the field. The Lady Raiders were 33-of-66 for 50 percent against UAPB. In its first game of the year, Tech 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.

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.

Murphree Nearing 1,000 Points
Senior Jordan Murphree is now 39 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 72 points so far this year.

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.

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. Seniors Ashlee Roberson and Tilmila Martin will both graduate this December with degrees 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 (L, 53-91), 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 (W, 97-57), 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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