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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

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