Dec. 6, 2010
Northwestern State Gamenotes
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Northwestern State Dec. 7
Toys for Tots - Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive free admission.
Double T Day - Kids 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
Guns Up Club Members - Free admission.
Houston Baptist Jan. 3
Four (4) tickets for $20 - Holiday gift from the Red Raiders. Call 742-TECH to order in advance. Also available on gameday.
Football VIP Card offer - Football season ticket holders presenting their VIP card at the window on gameday can purchase $5 tickets.
Guns Up Club Members - Free admission.
Texas Tech (8-1) vs. Northwestern State (3-5)
Tuesday, December 7 7 p.m. Lubbock, Texas United Spirit Arena (15,050)
Texas Tech (8-1) plays its final home game of the 2010 year as it hosts Northwestern State (3-5) on Tues., Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is just the second meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Lady Demons.
On the Air
The game is being televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network as David Thetford (play-by-play) and Marsha Sharp (color analyst) call the game. It will air locally in Lubbock on KMYL - My Lubbock TV, in Amarillo on KCPN-TV 33, in Beaumont-Port Arthur on KUIL/MYTX, in Tyler-Longview on MYTX/KYTX DT-2 and in Waco-Temple-Bryan on KYTX/KCEN DT-2. The game is also part of the ESPN Full Court package and EPSN3.com. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Steve Strain and Crystal Boles call the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at TexasTech.com through RaiderVision All Access. Live streaming is also available through RaiderVision All Access and live stats are available through GameTracker at TexasTech.com.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 8-1 on the year as it suffered its first loss of the season at Penn State, 76-68, last Sunday as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. On the year, junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 14.4 average followed by sophomore Casey Morris at 11.8 and senior Teena Wickett at 10.1. Wickett is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.0 boards per outing, while Mallard is averaging 6.8. Mallard is shooting 51.8 percent from the field. Morris is shooting a team-best 46 percent from behind the arc, as well as a team-high 78.9 percent from the free throw line. Mallard is also shooting 78.9 percent from the charity stripe. Wickett leads the team in assists with 36, while sophomore Monique Smalls has a team-high 29 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 18 blocks. The Lady Raiders are averaging 70.7 points per game, while allowing its opponents to just 48.9. Tech is shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Northwestern State enters the game with a 3-5 record after losing at Alcorn State, 66-64, last Saturday. In that game, junior Jordan James scored 18 points and freshman Jasmine Bradley and sophomore Jasmine Upchurch added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Senior Jessica McPhail collected seven rebounds and four assists. Junior Kottia White also finished with four assists. On the year, sophomore Trudy Armstead leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Senior Brittiany Houston has team highs of 23 assists and 12 steals, while McPhail is the top shot blocker with 11 blocks. The Lady Demons are scoring 69.6 points a contest, while allowing their opponents to score 76.6. Northwestern State is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 68.3 percent from the free throw line.
It is the second meeting between Texas Tech and Northwestern State as the Lady Raiders won the first game, 91-67, on Dec. 6, 1992, in the Lady Raider Classic V in Lubbock.
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her fifth season at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Curry has compiled a record of 74-63 at Tech and a career record of 253-114 in 12 years. Jennifer Graf is in her seventh year as the head coach at Northwestern State with a career record of 89-97.
Curry's Ties to Northwestern State
Northwestern State is a familiar place to head coach Kristy Curry who grew up in Olla, La. Curry's dad, grandfather and aunt all graduated from Northwestern State. Her grandfather, E.E. Sims, earned 15 letters in football, basketball, baseball and track during his four years as a Demon, graduating in 1929, and is a member of the N Club Hall of Fame. Her dad, Blake Sims, was a pitcher for the baseball team and graduated in 1958. Her aunt, Sue Sims Winberry, graduated in 1962. All three graduated with teaching degrees. Another connection is that Northwestern State associate head coach Trina Frierson was recruited by Curry and played for her when she was an assistant at Louisiana Tech. Frierson was also a teammate of Texas Tech assistant coach Brooke Stoehr.
The Last Time Out
After starting the season 8-0, the Texas Tech women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season by losing at Penn State, 76-68, at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Penn State jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game before Tech scored its first point on a free throw by Casey Morris at the 17:37 mark. The Lady Raiders' first basket was at 17:18 on a layup by Jordan Barncastle to put the score 9-3. The Lady Lions controlled the first half as they went up by as many as 10 points twice with the first coming at 8:03 as Mia Nickson made two free throws, and then again with 58 seconds to go in the period when Nickson again hit a pair of free throws. The Lady Raiders closed the gap to four with 5:50 to go as Chynna Brown made a layup. Down by 10 with four seconds to go in the game, Tech got the ball back after a Penn State turnover and Barncastle nailed a three-pointer as time expired to cut the Lady Lions' lead to seven, 38-31, at the half. Tech came out in the second half and outscored Penn State 7-2 in the first four and half minutes to tie the game at 40-40. That was the only tie of the game, in a game that the Lady Raiders never led in. Tech got within one with 13:51 remaining when Monique Smalls hit a three-pointer to move the score to 46-45. The Lady Lions got up by as many as 11 points in the second half, their largest lead of the game, which occurred with 36 seconds left in the contest.
Kierra Mallard was Tech's top scorer with 12 points and Morris added 11. Mallard collected nine rebounds and Smalls tallied six steals. Nickson led Penn State with 26 points and 14 boards. The Lady Lions shot 54.7 percent (29-53) from the field to Tech's 37.3 percent (22-59). Penn State also outrebounded the Lady Raiders 38-30.
A Look Ahead
Texas Tech heads west for the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic and plays Pittsburgh on Sun., Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. CST and California on Mon., Dec. 20, at 4:15 p.m. CST. The games will be played at the Event Center at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. The Lady Raiders conclude non-conference play with a game at Western Kentucky on Wed., Dec. 29, at 7 p.m., and a home game with Houston Baptist on Mon., Jan. 3. Tech opens Big 12 play at Kansas on Sat., Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Metro Sports which will air only in the Kansas City area. The Lady Raiders open their home portion of their conference schedule on Wed., Jan. 12, against Missouri at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech owns a 51-14 record in regular-season non-conference games in the Kristy Curry era, including the eight wins and one loss this season. Of the 14 losses, four of them have been to teams ranked in the top 15 - No. 15 Stanford (2006-07), No. 10 Arizona State (2006-07); No. 3 California (2008-09) and No. 8 Tennessee (2009-10).
As of games through Nov. 28, sophomore Casey Morris ranks 21st in three-point field goal percentage at 51.4, sophomore Monique Smalls is 25th in steals per game at 3.3, junior Kierra Mallard is 43rd in blocked shots per game at 2.0 and senior Teena Wickett is 49th in assist/turnover ratio at 2.14, among all Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks first in won-lost percentage at 1.000, fourth in scoring defense at 45.9, 15th in scoring margin at 23.4, 16th in rebound margin at 12.9, 18th in field goal percentage defense at 32.3, 22nd in steals at 13.3, 27th in assist/turnover ratio at 1.03, 29th in assists per game at 17.3, 33rd in personal fouls per game at 15.0 and 48th in turnover margin at 4.29, among all Division I teams.
Texas Tech has tallied 114 steals in its first four games for an average of 12.7 steals per game, which ranks second in the Big 12. Sophomore Monique Smalls tied her career-high six steals at Penn State.
Smalls Starting Streak
Sophomore Monique Smalls got her 42nd-straight start at Penn State last Sunday. The Woodlands, Texas, native was the only player to start all 33 games in 2009-10.
Mallard Starts Scoring Streak
Junior Kierra Mallard has started another scoring streak as she has scored in double figures in the last six games. Mallard has scored double digits in eight of the nine games this year.
Baker Sparks Bench
Texas Tech scored 44 points from its bench against UTSA and leading the way was freshman Kelsi Baker who scored a career-high 12 points in 16 minutes of play. Baker, along with sophomore Chynna Brown, played the most minutes in the game against the Roadrunners. Since suffering a hamstring injury prior to the season, Baker has slowly moved her way up the bench and is now one of the first two substitutions into the game.
Junior Kierra Mallard recorded her second-straight double-double, her second of the second as well and the 11th of her career, as she scored 12 points and collected 10 rebounds versus UTSA. She had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the game prior against Sam Houston State.
Holding Players to Under 10 Points
In two games this season, the Lady Raiders have held all players to under 10 points. First was against Mississippi Valley State and the second came four games later versus UTSA. Both Mississippi Valley State's and UTSA's leading scorer had just nine points.
Opponents Points Per Game
Texas Tech has held its opponents to just 48.9 points per game. The only opponent to score over 60 points so far this season has been Penn State who scored 76, while Mississippi Valley State scored only 28 points. Tech has held two of its opponents to under 40 points and two to under 50 points.
Lady Raiders Continue to Win
Texas Tech went 4-0 the week of Nov. 22-28 beating Mississippi Valley State and then winning all three games in the Basketball Travelers World Vision Classic against Charleston Southern, American and Sam Houston State. In the World Vision Classic, Tech held its opponents to an average of 48.7 points per game, and for all four games last week, Tech held its opponents to 43.5 points per contest.
Junior Kierra Mallard was named MVP of the World Vision Classic, while senior Teena Wickett and sophomore Casey Morris were named to the all-tournament team. All three scored in double figures in all three games over the weekend.
Season High for Mallard
Junior Kierra Mallard scored a season-high 24 points in leading Texas Tech to a 25-point win over Charleston Southern, just one point shy of tying her career high. Texas Tech scored 62 of its 82 points in the paint.
Wickett Dishes Out Career High
Senior Teena Wickett dished out a career-high eight assists in the win over Charleston Southern. Her previous high was seven against Santa Clara during her sophomore year at Pepperdine.
Over 50 Percent from the Field
The Lady Raiders shot over 50 percent in two of its games in the World Vision Classic. Tech shot a season-high 60.3 percent against Charleston Southern and then followed that up with a 50.9 percent versus American.
Lowest Opponent Output Since 2003
The Lady Raiders held Mississippi Valley State to just 28 points on Nov. 23. It was the lowest-scoring output by an opponent since Wyoming had 26 points on Dec. 6, 2003, which tied the school record. Tech also only allowed 26 points against McMurry back on Feb. 24, 1978.
Largest Rebound Margin in Six Years
Texas Tech outrebounded Mississippi Valley State by 30 boards - 56-26, marking the largest rebound margin since having 25 more than Sacramento State (57-32) on Dec. 28, 2004.
Hyde Scores Season High
Sophomore Christine Hyde came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points versus Mississippi Valley State. Hyde was just one point shy of tying her career high of 16 points which she had last year against Houston in the Postseason WNIT.
All 15 Players See Minutes, Again
For the third time this season, all 15 players saw playing time in the win over American in the 26-point win. All 15 also played at New Mexico and against Mississippi Valley State.
Back-to-Back Double-Digit Boards
Senior Teena Wickett recorded back-to-back games of double-digit rebounds as she grabbed 12 boards against Samford, just one shy of tying her career high of 13, which she established against UCLA during her sophomore year at Pepperdine. She then collected 11 rebounds against Idaho State the following game.
Career High for Bokenkamp
Sophomore Mary Bokenkamp came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points against Idaho State. She also connected on a career-high five three pointers in 24 minutes of action.
Poor Shooting Night
Texas Tech shot just 28.4 percent from the field against Idaho State. The Lady Raiders connected on just 19 of 67 shot attempts. The field goal percentage marked the lowest shooting percentage for Tech since shooting 27.6 percent (16-58) against Iowa State on Feb. 28, 2009.
Career High for Wickett
In her first game as a Lady Raider, senior Teena Wickett poured in a career-high 19 points in the win at New Mexico. Wickett was 8-14 from the field in 24 minutes of play.
Three in Double Digits
Senior Teena Wickett, junior Kierra Mallard and sophomore Casey Morris all scored in double figures to lead Texas Tech to an 80-53 victory at New Mexico. All three started the game as Wickett finished with 19 points, followed by Morris with 17 and Mallard with 15.
Wright to Be Inducted into Hall of Fame
Assistant coach Shereka Wright will be inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in May 2011. Wright was the USA Today, Gatorade and WBCA Player of the Year as a senior at Copperas Cove High School in 2000. She was also named first team all-state and Miss Basketball in the state of Texas. She finished her high school career with 3,269 points.
Texas Tech has four new faces in the locker room this season - freshmen Kelsi Baker, Antiesha Brown, Haley Schneider and Ebony Walker. Also making their first appearance in a Lady Raider uniform is senior Teena Wickett, sophomore Casey Morris and redshirt freshman Shauntal Nobles. All three sat out last season.
The 2010-11 Lady Raiders are young. This year's roster has just three upperclassmen with one senior - Teena Wickett - and two juniors - Jordan Barncastle and Kierra Mallard. The sophomore class consists of Marissa Ashton, Chynna Brown, Mary Bokenkamp, Christine Hyde, Lindie Kimbro, Casey Morris and Monique Smalls. The five freshmen round out the roster - Kelsi Baker, Antiesha Brown, Shauntal Nobles, Haley Schneider and Ebony Walker.
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.
On the Tube
Texas Tech has nine regular-season games televised this season. The Lady Raiders will appear on FSN twice - Feb. 19 vs. Baylor and Feb. 26 vs. Oklahoma State. The game at Kansas on Jan. 8 will air in the Kansas City metro area on Metro Sports. Six games will be televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network - Samford (W, 58-42), Northwestern State (Dec. 7), Kansas State (Jan. 15), at Oklahoma (Jan. 19), Texas A&M (Feb. 5) and Oklahoma (Mar. 5). David Thetford will be doing the play-by-play for the Texas TechSports Network while former Lady Raider head coach Marsha Sharp will provide the color commentary. The following affiliates will televise all TTSN games:
Amarillo - KCPN-TV 33
Beaumont-Port Arthur - KUIL/MYTX
Lubbock - My Lubbock TV KMYL
Tyler-Longview - MYTX/KYTX DT-2
Waco-Temple-Bryan - KYTX/KCEN DT-2
ESPN Full Court for Samford, Northwestern State and Oklahoma
Time Warner Cable (Texas Channel) for just the Samford, at Oklahoma and Texas A&M games
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 and color commentary by Crystal Boles as they take 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
The Kristy Curry Radio Show
The Kristy Curry Radio Show will be held on 10 Mondays throughout the season beginning in December. The show will be held at Ruby Tequila's located on north University Avenue from 6-7 p.m. The following are the dates for the 2010-11 season: December 6, 13; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28; and March 7.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Texas Tech signed standout guard Amber Battle to a National Letter of Intent to attend Texas Tech in the fall of 2011. The 5-9 Battle hails from Albuquerque, N.M. and averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a junior at Cibola High School. Battle is the 13th-ranked guard in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.com, as well as the No. 76 overall player.