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Texas Tech (11-1) at Western Kentucky (4-7)
Wednesday, December 29 • Bowling Green, Ky. • E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326) • 7 p.m.

The Game
Texas Tech (11-1) continues its travels with a stop in Bowling Green, Ky., to take on Western Kentucky (4-7) on Wed., Dec. 29, at 7 p.m., at E. A. Diddle Arena. It is the sixth 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 calls the game. The audio of the game is available at TexasTech.com through RaiderVision All Access. Live stats are available at Western Kentucky's website at www.wkusports.com.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 11-1 on the year after winning both games of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic as the Lady Raiders beat Pittsburgh, 78-65, on Dec. 19 and California, 50-43, on Dec. 20. On the year, junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 13.5 average followed by sophomore Casey Morris at 11.3 and senior Teena Wickett at 10.9. Wickett is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.1 boards per outing, while Mallard is averaging 6.3. Mallard is shooting 51.4 percent from the field. Sophomore Mary Bokenkamp is shooting a team-best 46.4 percent from behind the arc, and Morris has a team-high 81.3 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Monique Smalls has team highs of 45 assists and 35 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 20 blocks. The Lady Raiders are averaging 71.2 points per game, while allowing its opponents to 50.7 points per contest. Tech is shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent from the charity stripe.

The Opponent
Western Kentucky owns a 4-7 record on the year after splitting its last two games as the Hilltoppers defeated Grambling, 60-43, on Dec. 19, and lost at Vanderbilt, 74-48, on Dec. 21. On the year, junior LaTeira Owens leads the Hilltoppers in scoring at 11.5 points per contest followed by senior Arnika Brown at 11.3 and sophomore Janae Howard at 11.0. Brown is the top rebounder, averaging 8.1 boards per outing. Senior Amy McNear has a team-high 51 assists, while Brown and junior Keisha Mosley both have a team-best 11 steals. Howard is the top shot blocker with 11 blocks. Western Kentucky is scoring 59.8 points a game, while its opponents are scoring 64.3. The Hilltoppers are shooting 37.6 percent from the field, 26.9 percent from the three-point arc and 62.2 percent from the free throw line.

The Series
It is the sixth meeting between Texas Tech and Western Kentucky with the Hilltoppers owning a 3-2 advantage over the Lady Raiders. However, Tech has won two of the last three games, including the last contest - an 88-47 victory in Lubbock on Nov. 16, 2003. The Lady Raiders' other win came on Dec. 2, 1989, in a 72-61 triumph in Lubbock. Western Kentucky was victorious the first two times the teams played - 88-71 on Nov. 22, 1985, and 70-60 on Nov. 26, 1988. Both games were played in Bowling Green. The last time the Hilltoppers won was on Nov. 29, 1997, in a 68-63 win in Cancun, Mexico.

The Coaches
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her fifth season at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Curry has compiled a record of 77-63 at Tech and a career record of 256-114 in 12 years. Mary Taylor Cowles is in her ninth year as head coach at Western Kentucky with a career record of 179-88.

The Last Time Out
Teena Wickett scored a game-high 16 points en route to being named the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic as Texas Tech edged California, 50-43. Tech opened the game by scoring the first four points with back-to-back layups by Monique Smalls and Casey Morris. Cal got on the board at the 16:40 mark on a three-pointer by Layshia Clarendon. The Bears took the lead on their next basket at 16:08. With about three more minutes expired, the Lady Raiders regained lead on a jumper by Smalls but Cal responded with a layup up just seconds later. The Bears continued to lead until the 3:01 mark as Chynna Brown hit a jumper to give Tech a 17-16 advantage. Wickett followed that with a layup and then Brown followed that up with her own layup with 50 seconds left to give the Lady Raiders a 21-16 lead at halftime. Tech held Cal scoreless for the last six and a half minutes of the first period. The Bears came out in the second half scoring four-straight points to cut Tech's lead to 21-20. Shauntal Nobles scored for the Lady Raiders at 17:55 to give Tech a 23-20 advantage. However, the Bears scored four points over the next two minutes to take back the lead at 24-23. The lead changed three more times with the final change coming at 14:05 as Wickett tipped in the ball to put Tech up 27-26, a lead it would never relinquish. The Lady Raiders largest advantage of the game was 13 points at 45-32 with three minutes to go when Brown made a layup. From there, Cal outscored Tech 11-5, but Tech hung on to claim the seven-point victory. Along with Wickett's 16 points, Brown and Smalls both added 11 points. Wickett finished with game highs of eight rebounds, four steals and two assists. Smalls also had two assists. Rama N'diaye led Cal with 11 points. Tech shot 37.5 percent (18-48) from the field to the Bears' 34 percent (17-50). Cal outrebounded Tech 38-31.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders conclude non-conference play with a home game versus 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. Tech then hosts Kansas State on Sat., Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network.

Non-Conference Games
Texas Tech owns a 54-14 record in regular-season non-conference games in the Kristy Curry era, including the 11 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).

NCAA Stats
As of games through Dec. 19, sophomore Monique Smalls is 36th in steals per game at 3.0 and sophomore Casey Morris is 42nd in three-point field goal percentage at 42.9, among all Division I players. As a team, Texas Tech ranks eighth in rebounding margin at 13.0, 13th in won-lost percentage at 90.9, 14th in scoring margin at 21.8, 16th in scoring defense at 51.4, 20th in personal fouls at 14.2, 23rd in steals at 12.4, 24th in assist/turnover ratio at 1.04, 25th in assists at 17.1, 34th in field goal percentage defense at 35.1, 44th in field goal percentage at 43.7 and 46th in scoring offense at 73.2 , among all Division I teams.

Ball Snatchers
Texas Tech has tallied 147 steals in its 12 games for an average of 12.3 steals per game, which ranks first in the Big 12. Senior Teena Wickett tied her career-high four steals in the win over California.

Smalls Starting Streak
Sophomore Monique Smalls got her 45th-straight start vs. California. The Woodlands, Texas, native was the only player to start all 33 games in 2009-10.

Shining Stars in Las Vegas
Senior Teena Wickett was named MVP of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic as she averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field in Texas Tech's wins over Pittsburgh and California. Sophomores Casey Morris and Chynna Brown were named to the all-tournament team as well.

Mallard's Scoring Streak Halted
Junior Kierra Mallard had scored in double figures in eight-straight games before suffering the stomach flu against California and only playing five minutes against the Bears. Mallard has scored double digits in 10 of the 12 games this season.

Brown Sparks Lady Raiders
Sophomore Chynna Brown was a spark the Lady Raiders needed in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. She came off the bench against Pitt and had seven points, tied her season highs of six rebounds and two steals and added two assists in 20 minutes of play. Brown then scored a season-high 11 points, tied season highs of six rebounds and two steals and tallied one assist in 26 minutes versus California.

Best Game of Year for Smalls
Sophomore Monique Smalls arguably had her best overall game of the season against California. In 36 minutes of play, the floor general scored a season-high 11 points, grabbed three rebounds and added two assists and two steals.

Nobles Get First Start
Freshman Shauntal Nobles got her first career start in the victory against California. Nobles got the start at center as junior Kierra Mallard was suffering from the stomach flu and saw just five minutes of play against the Bears.

Season High for Morris
Sophomore Casey Morris poured in a season-high 18 points against Pittsburgh in Las Vegas. Her previous season highs was 17 at New Mexico and against Sam Houston State. Her career high is 20 points versus St. Mary's (Calif.) during her freshman year at California.

Outrebounding Opponents
In the 12 games this year, the Lady Raiders have outrebounded their opponents nine times. Tech is outrebounding its opponents by 11.3 boards per contest, which is first in the Big 12.

Opponents Points Per Game
Texas Tech has held its opponents to just 50.7 points per game. The only opponents to score over 60 points so far this season has been Penn State who scored 76 and Pittsburgh who had 65, while Mississippi Valley State scored only 28 points. Tech has held two of its opponents to under 40 points and three to under 50 points.

Career High for JB
Senior Jordan Barncastle scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Northwestern State. The junior forward shot 80 percent from the field, 100 percent from three-point range and 100 percent from the charity stripe. She also finished with seven rebounds, tied a season-high three assists, tied a career-high two blocks and added a steal.

Third Time Over 50 Percent from the Field
For the third time this season, the Lady Raiders shot over 50 percent from the field as they made 54 percent of their shots, connecting on 34-of-63 attempts against Northwestern State. Tech shot over 50 percent in two of its games in the World Vision Classic as it shot a season-high 60.3 percent against Charleston Southern and then followed that up with a 50.9 percent versus American.

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.

Second-Straight Double-Double
Junior Kierra Mallard recorded her second-straight double-double, her second of the season 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.

All-Tournament Team
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.

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.

New Faces
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.

Class Breakdown
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 (W, 91-60), 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 Tech Sports 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 Oklahoma
Time Warner Cable (Texas Channel) for at Oklahoma and Texas A&M

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. The show is held at Ruby Tequila's located on north University Avenue from 6-7 p.m. The following are the remaining dates: 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.

 

 

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