New Mexico Opens Season with Texas Tech Friday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/10/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 10, 2010

The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Texas Tech at 7 p.m., Friday for the regular-season opener in the newly renovated Pit. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Lobos open the season at home in The Pit. Friday's game will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal. Gametracker and video streaming will also be provided via GoLobos.com.

The Lobos continue playing at home throughout the month of November. New Mexico will host UC-Irvine on Nov. 15 and California on Nov. 20. The Lady Lobos will wrap up their homestand as they host the Holiday Inn Express - Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 26-27. Rhode Island, Oklahoma State and San Francisco will all be playing in the tournament along with New Mexico.

The Lobos host their fourth consecutive season opener in The Pit on Friday against Texas Tech. New Mexico is 21-11 all-time in season openers and 14-6 when opening at home. During coach Flanagan's tenure, the Lobos are 12-3 in season openers and 8-1 when opening inside The Pit.

Friday's game will be the 14th meeting between New Mexico and Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders currently lead the series 11-2. The last meeting between the two teams was on Dec. 5, 2009 in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 65-55. The Lobos only wins against the Raiders were a 74-65 victory on Nov. 30, 2001 and a 63-54 win on Dec. 13, 2008.

The Lady Raiders are coming off a 92-46 victory over Angelo State in exhibition action on Nov. 7. Texas Tech finished the 2009-10 season with an 18-15 record and a second round finish in the post-season WNIT. The Raiders beat Houston 80-77 to advance to the second round in the WNIT, but later lost to Wyoming, 68-57 in overtime.

Texas Tech's top returning player is center Kierra Mallard. Mallard is the leading scorer and rebounder returning from last year's team, averaging 11.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. Sophomore Monique Smalls will be running the offense for the Raiders. Smalls led the team last year in assists averaging 4.09 per game.

New Mexico beat Western New Mexico 92-39 on Tuesday in exhibition action at The Pit. Lobo point guard and true freshman Tina Doughty led the way against the Mustangs, leading the team with 15 points and five assists. Three other players scored in double-digit figures for New Mexico: Porche Torrance had 11, while Morgan Toben and Emily Stark each had 10. Senior Jessica Kielpinski led the Lobos on the boards with seven rebounds. New Mexico was strong defensively as a team, making the Mustangs commit 39 turnovers. The Lobos also shot an impressive 92.0 percent (23-25) from the free throw line.