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Sept. 10, 1997

Texas Tech Lady Raiders Release 1997-98 Schedule

Tech to face Old Dominion, Stanford, Stephen F. Austin in non-conference battles

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech Lady Raiders released their 1997-98 basketball schedule today. The schedule includes two NCAA Final Four teams, and ten teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament.

"This is probably one of the most competitive schedules we've played in a long time," Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp said.

Texas Tech will begin the season with a trip to play Texas-San Antonio and Stephen F. Austin in the UTSA Classic Tournament. The Lady Raiders will follow that with a Thanksgiving trip to the Tourneo Cancun de Basquetbol in Cancun, Mexico. The tournament pool includes St. Francis, Western Kentucky and Long Beach State.

On Jan. 1, the Lady Raiders will host 1997 NCAA Final Four participant Old Dominion. Another Final Four team will come to town on Jan. 31 as Texas Tech hosts Stanford in the Big 12/PAC 10 Challenge. The first game of the Challenge will feature Kansas and Arizona in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

"I think this will be a great opportunity for our fans to see some great games, considering Old Dominion and Stanford were in the NCAA Final Four last season. Other games that are going to be really important are Stephen F. Austin and Western Kentucky early on and then the trip to Albuquerque to play New Mexico will be a big game for us," Sharp said.

In Big 12 Conference play, Tech will host Baylor, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M and Nebraska. The Lady Raiders will travel to Missouri, Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas State.

"Of course the Big 12 will be extremely competitive. We will have to claw our way through every game," Sharp said.

The Lady Raiders will prepare for their season with an exhibition game on Nov. 11 against Slovakia-Bratislava and another on Nov. 16 against the Houston Jaguars.

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