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Game 9 vs. Lamar • December 8, 2009
United Spirit Arena (15,050) • Lubbock, Texas • 7 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (7-1) plays its final game of its seven-game homestand as it hosts Lamar (7-2) on Tues., Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. It is the eighth meeting between the two school. The Lady Raiders will have a 10-day hiatus for finals before playing at UCLA on Dec. 18.

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 7-1 on the season after defeating New Mexico, 65-55, on Saturday. On the year, sophomore Kierra Mallard paces the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.9 average followed by senior Jordan Murphree at 11.5 and senior Ashlee Roberson at 11.1. Roberson is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.5 boards per contest and Mallard is averaging 7.1 rebounds. Mallard is shooting 51.7 percent from the field, while freshman Mary Bokenkamp is shooting 50 percent from the three-point arc and sophomore Jordan Barncastle is shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Monique Smalls has a team-high 36 assists. Murphree leads the team in steals with 21. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 16 blocks. Tech is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 34 percent from the three-point range and 67 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Lamar is 7-2 on the year after winning at Louisiana-Monroe, 88-56, on Saturday. On the year, freshman Kalis Loyd leads the Lady Cardinals in scoring with a 12.6 average followed by junior Jenna Plumley at 11.8 and sophomore Ang Green at 11.6. Junior Trashanna Smith is the top rebounder, averaging 9.2 rebounds per contest. Plumley has team highs of 48 assists and 31 steals. Smith is the top shot blocker with 25 blocks. Lamar is shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from the three-point arc and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
Texas Tech and Lamar are meeting for the eighth time in the series with the Lady Raiders winning all seven previous games, including last year's 59-50 victory in Lubbock on Nov. 21. The series dates back to the 1978-79 season when Tech beat the Lady Cardinals, 83-47, on Feb. 23, 1979, in the AIAW State Tournament in Nacogdoches.

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 55-48 at Tech and a career record of 234-99 in 11 years. Larry Tidwell is in his fourth year as head coach of the Lady Cardinals with a career record of 46-26.

The Last Time Out
December 5 - The Texas Tech women's basketball team continued its win streak with a 65-55 victory over New Mexico. Tech controlled most of the game as New Mexico led just once at 5-4 at 18:48 in the first half. The Lady Raiders went up by as many as 12, 19-7, in the first period as Jordan Murphree hit a layup at 11:52. The Lobos responded by cutting the margin to two, 24-22, as Valerie Kast made a jumper with five and a half minutes to go. Tech, however, held the Lobos scoreless from there until the end of the half, outscoring UNM 5-0 to lead 29-22 at the break. Tech shot 54.2 percent (13-24) the first half, which was just the second time this season to shoot 50 percent or better in the first period with the other coming against Sam Houston State in the season opener (50 percent). The Lady Raiders increased their lead by 13 about seven minutes into the second half at 44-31 as Murphree nailed a three-pointer. Their biggest lead of the game, 18 points, came with five and half minutes to go in the contest when Kierra Mallard dished it off to Ashlee Roberson for a layup making it 57-39. The Lobos got within seven points twice - at 2:07 on a jumper by Jessica Kielpinski and again with 40 seconds to go on a jumper by Sara Halasz. Tech then hit 3-of-4 free throws to claim the 10-point win. Murphree led all players with a season-high 20 points, while Roberson got her second-straight double-double with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. It was her third double-double of the season. Mary Bokenkamp was a spark off the bench for Tech as she hit three three-pointers in 17 minutes of play for a career-high nine points. New Mexico was led by Amanda Best with 14 points. Tech and UNM both collected 36 rebounds apiece and the Lady Raiders outshot the Lobos 45.8 percent (22-48) to 34.9 percent (22-63).

A Look Ahead
Texas 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. The Lady Raiders then travel to Texas A&M for a game on Sat., Jan. 23, at 3 p.m.

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.

Murphree Nearing 1,000 Points
Senior Jordan Murphree is now 19 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 92 points so far this year.

Smalls Dishing It Out
Freshman Monique Smalls has compiled 36 assists so far this season and committed just 14 turnovers for a 2.6 assist/turnover ratio. Smalls currently ranks third in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.57) among all players and is the top freshman in the league in that category. Senior Jordan Murphree is second in the league in assist/turnover ratio at 2.63.

Roberson Get Third Double-Double
Senior Ashlee Roberson recorded her second-straight double-double with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against New Mexico. It was her third double-double of the season and the sixth of her career. Roberson also tied her career high of three blocks versus UNM.

Spark Off the Bench
Freshman Mary Bokenkamp was a spark off the bench for the Lady Raiders against New Mexico. Bokenkamp saw 17 minutes of action and scored a career-high nine points as she nailed a career-high three three-pointers.

Twenty Points for Murphree
Senior Jordan Murphree had her first game of the season of 20 or more points as she scored 20 against the Lobos. It broke her previous season-high of 15 vs. San Francisco.

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.

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 12.3.

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.

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 Holds 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.

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.

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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