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Nov. 10, 1997

Texas Tech to Host Slovakia in First Exhibition Game

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders will play the first of two ehibition games on Tuesday as they host Slovakia at 7 p.m. in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

Tickets are available form the Texas Tech ticket office, (806) 742-4412 or toll free 1-888-GO BIG 12. There will be no reversed parkinf for either of the women's exibition games. Tech will play its second and final exhibition game on Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Houston Jaguars.

Slovakia defeated the University of Texas-Arlington 68-58 on Friday. Beata Renertova scored a team high 13 points, while Renata Plavkova and Andrea Slosiarova put in 12 points apiece.

Head coach Martha Sharp enters her 16th season with the Red Raiders. Tech will have 10 letterbox winners and four starters returning from a squad that went 20-9 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

All-America and Naismith candidate Alicia Thompson will lead Tech. Last season she led the team and the Big 12 Conference with 23,7 points per game and 9.9 rebounds agame. She has already been chosen as a first team All-America in Street and Smith's college Basketball pre-season edition. Other returning starters include All-Big 12 third team selection Rene Hanebutt, who led the conference in three-point field goal percentage with .449. Crystal Boles, the Big 12 leader and nation's seventh leading shot blocker last season, and Julie Lake, the Lady Raiders most accurate free throw shooter during the 1996-1997 campaign.

"Alicia has the chance to be one of the very best college basketball players this year. She has shown she can score. I think we are going to be pretty balanced. I think we are going to be a pretty good inside game this year, and a perimeter game to match that," Sharp said.

The Lady Raiders welcome four newcomers, three of which have garnered All-America honors. Junior college transfer Angie Braziel, a Kodak All-American and second team NJCAA All-American, joins Tech from South Plains College. A Western Junior College Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and NJCAA All-America pick, Kyna Cosby comes to Tech from Howard College. Walk-on Kim Martinez, who played softball for the Red Raiders lasy season, was a Kodak All-American Honorable Mention pick in 1996 while playing for Sacramento City College. The lone freshman is Katrisa O'Neal of Plainview High School, a first team All-State selection last season.

Texas Tech will open their 1997-98 regular season on Saturday, November 22 at the UTSA Classic Tournament. The Lady Raiders will play the University of Texas-San Antonio at 6:00 p.m. The Lady Raiders open her home season on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. when they host McNNeese State.

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