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Lady Raiders to Miss Early-Season Contests

Three Players to Sit Out Regular-Season Games

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech sophomore Keitha Dickerson will sit-out the Lady Raiders' first regular-season contest against Texas-San Antonio, while juniors Kyna Cosby and Kim Martinez will miss the remainder of the fall semester after failing to meet satisfactory academic progress, the school announced today.

Dickerson, a sophomore from Elk City, Okla., participated in an unsanctioned charity three-on-three event during the summer. The school self-reported the violation and she will serve a one-game suspension. Dickerson will be eligible to participate for the remainder of the season.

Cosby and Martinez are expected to be required to sit-out contests during the fall semester after failing to maintain satisfactory progress, according to NCAA regulations. None of the three cases are related to the allegations by the NCAA in its official letter of inquiry submitted to Texas Tech last week.

"While we are obviously disappointed for these three players, we will handle this situation as a team and get through it as best we can," said Head Coach Marsha Sharp. "I expect Kyna and Kim to get their academic situations settled and return to the team in December. Keitha will return to the team in our second game of the season against Stephen F. Austin."

A native of Sundown, Texas, Cosby's case has been appealed to the NCAA and she will not compete until the appeal process is completed. Cosby sat out one season while giving birth to a daughter in 1996 and does not currently meet the NCAA's standards of completing at least 50 percent of her courses toward her major.

Martinez, a native of Sacramento, Calif., transferred to Texas Tech in 1996 and participated on the Red Raider softball team last spring. Both players are expected to be eligible to participate following the conclusion of the fall exams, which end December 17.

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