|Texas Tech (22-10/8-8 Big 12) vs. St. John's (21-10/9-7 Big East)|
|Date||Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 3:20 p.m. CDT|
|Location||NCAA Championship First Round - Stanford, Calif. - Maples Pavilion (7,392)|
|TV||ESPN2 - David Pasch (play-by-play)|
Mary Murphy (color analyst)
|Radio||Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports - Steve Strain (play-by-play)|
|Multimedia||RaiderVision All Access|
|Game Info||Game Notes|
Texas Tech (22-10) is returning to the NCAA Championship after a five-year hiatus. The Lady Raiders are the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Region and face No. 9 seed St. John's (21-10) in the first round on Sat., March 19, at 3:20 p.m. CDT on ESPN2 in Stanford, Calif. The winner will advance to the second round and will play the winner of the No. 1 seed and second-ranked Stanford versus No. 16 seed UC Davis on Mon., March 21, at 8:30 p.m. CDT.
On the Air
The game is being televised on ESPN2 as Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (color analyst) call the game. The game can be heard on the radio on the Texas Tech Sports Network as Steve Strain (play-by-play) calls the game. The game can also be heard on the internet at TexasTech.com through RaiderVision All Access.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 22-10 overall and finished sixth in the Big 12 with an 8-8 record. In its last game, Tech lost to No. 21/20 Oklahoma, 71-69, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo.. On the year, junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 12.1 average followed by senior Teena Wickett at 9.8 and sophomore Casey Morris at 9.8. Mallard is averaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds per outing, while Wickett is averaging 6.0. Wickett is shooting 51 percent from the field. Morris is shooting 36 percent from behind the arc, and sophomore Chynna Brown has a team-best 88.1 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Monique Smalls has team highs of 117 assists and 85 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 60 blocks. The Lady Raiders are averaging 65.9 points per game, while allowing their opponents 57.0 points per contest. Tech is shooting 42 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from three-point range and 68.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Curry in the NCAA Championship
Kristy Curry is making her eighth appearance in the NCAA Championship as a head coach. Curry posts a 15-7 record in the championship. The seven previous appearances came when she was head coach at Purdue. Curry's Year-by-Year NCAA Appearances
2000 - Second Round
2001 - Runner-Up
2002 - Second Round
2003 - Elite Eight
2004 - Sweet 16
2005 - Second Round
2006 - Sweet 16
St. John's enters the championship with a 21-10 overall record and finished the Big East tied for seventh with a 9-7 mark. On the year, sophomore Shenneika Smith leads the Red Storm in scoring with a 12.8 average followed by junior Da'Shena Stevens at 12.1. Stevens is also the top rebounder, grabbing 6.5 boards per contest. Sophomore Nadirah McKenith has team highs of 121 assists and 69 steals. Smith is the top shot blocker with 23 blocks. St. John's is scoring 63.3 points per game while allowing its opponents 57.2. The Red Storm is shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from the three-point arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line.
Saturday's game is the first meeting between Texas Tech and St. John's.
Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is in her fifth season at the helm of the Lady Raiders. Curry has compiled a record of 88-72 at Tech and a career record of 267-123 in 12 years. Kim Barnes Arico is in her ninth year as head coach at St. John's with a record of 151-123. She is also in her 15th year as a head coach with a career record of 245-195.