Sept. 24, 1997
Lady Raiders, Thompson Make Sporting News List
LUBBOCK, Texas --The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are ranked sixth in the nation and Alicia Thompson is a second team pick according to an upcoming issue of The Sporting News.
The Lady Raiders, who return four starters from last season' 20-10 squad, follow top ranked Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Stanford and North Carolina. Seven of Tech's upcoming opponents are also among the Top 25. Other Big 12 schools to make the list include Texas at #19, Colorado at #22 and Kansas at #24.
Texas Tech senior Alicia Thompson, who is a Naismith Candidate, was chosen to the pre-season second team. She was the only Big 12 member among the ten student-athletes.
Women's Top 25 Preseason Awards 1. Tennessee Coach of the Year: Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech 2. Louisiana Tech Freshman of the Year: Nikki Teasley, North Carolina 3. Old Dominion Player of the Year: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee 4. Stanford 5. North Carolina First Team 6. Texas Tech Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee 7. Illinois Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion 8. Connecticut Tracy Reid, North Carolina 9. Florida Nykesha Sales, Connecticut 10. Alabama Alisa Burras, Louisiana Tech 11. Vanderbilt 12. Virginia Second Team 13. Georgia Katrina Price, Stephen F. Austin 14. Iowa Dominique Canty, Alabama 15. Stephen F. Austin Ashley Berggre, Illinois 16. Western Kentucky Alicia Thompson, Texas Tech 17. Arizona Murriel Page, Florida 18. Auburn 19. Texas 20. George Washington 21. Tulane 22. Colorado 23. Duke 24. Kansas 25. NC State