Dec. 17, 1997

Texas Tech Women's Basketball Notes

  • Game #7 #6 Texas Tech (5-1) vs. University of New Mexico (7-1)
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997
  • Tipoff: 8 p.m. (CST) Site: Albuquerque, N.M. (The Pit, 18,018)
  • Series: Tech leads 5-0

    Tech takes weekend trip to The Pit
    Saturday the Lady Raiders will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to play the University of New Mexico. It will be the second Texas Tech vs. New Mexico match up of the day. The Texas Tech men's team will play at 3 p.m. Both games will be televised live in Lubbock on KUPT (channel 22, Cox Cable channel 15). The Lobos are 7-1 at home with their only loss of the season a 76-77 heartbreaker to Western Kentucky. Abby Garchek leads New Mexico in scoring with 22.1 points per game, while Jennifer Williams is averaging a team high 7.8 rebounds per contest. Tech leads the overall series 5-0 and 3-0 under Coach Sharp's direction. The last meeting occurred on Dec. 28, 1996 in Lubbock. Tech won the game 66-35 behind the strength of Alicia Thompson, who had 24 points and 16 rebounds.

    Probable Starting Lineups
    Texas Tech Lady Raiders
    No. Name                Yr.   Pos. Ht.   G/GS  PPG   RPG   APG
    3   Melinda Schmucker   So-1L G    5-9   6/6    3.3  1.8   3.0
    23  Julie Lake          Jr-2L G    5-9   6/6   12.3  4.7   3.8
    33  Rene Hanebutt       Jr-2L G    5-8   6/6   11.0  4.5   2.5
    43  Alicia Thompson     Sr-3L P    6-1   6/6   22.3  6.2   2.6
    45  Angie Braziel       Jr-Tr P    6-3   6/6   10.5  5.2   1.6(BPG)
    University of New Mexico Lobos
    No. Name              Pos. Ht.    Yr.  G/GS   PPG   RPG   APG
    14  Tamika Stukes     G    5-3    Sr   10/10  7.2   4.0   4.1
    23  Sonya Bryant      G    5-11   So   10/10 11.4   2.7   1.8
    24  Abby Garchek      F    6-0    Sr   10/10 22.1   4.8   2.2
    42  Jennifer Williams F    6-0    Fr   10/10 10.9   7.8   1.1
    31  Anita Vuletic     C    6-3    Sr   10/5   4.1   4.2   1.3
    Texas Tech Reserves
    No. Name                 Yr.   Pos. Ht.    G/GS  PPG   RPG  APG
    10  Kristi Washington    Fr-RS G    5-10   3/0   5.7   3.7  0.6
    11  Katrisa O'Neal       Fr-HS G    5-6    6/0   2.5   2.2  2.8
    12  Cara Gibbs           Jr-2L P    6-2    6/0   3.8   2.3  0.6
    13  Jennifer Cockerell   Sr-3L P    6-3    3/0   0.7   0.7  0.3
    20  Elesha Walker        Sr-3L G    5-6    4/0   0.8   0.5  0.5
    24  Crystal Boles        Sr-3L P    6-2    6/0   3.0   3.5  2.0(BPG)
    25  Keitha Dickerson     So-1L F    6-0    5/0   3.4   2.4  0.2
    41  Detra Johnson        So-1L F    6-1    3/0   6.7   2.0  0.6(BPG)

    Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
    One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 355-121 in her 15 years at the helm of the Lady Raiders. She has led the Lady Raiders to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, seven consecutively and five NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in six years, including the NCAA National Championship in 1993. While in the SWC, Coach Sharp and the Lady Raiders never finished below third, they won or shared the last five championships, and they captured three Post Season Classic titles. Sharp captured her 350th career victory during the 1997 NCAA Tournament when on March 16 Tech defeated Montana 47-45 in Palo Alto, Calif. A 1974 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Sharp was named National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994. She also reaped SWC Coach of the Year honors seven times, five consecutively. During the 1996-97 season, Coach Sharp passed ex-volleyball coach Janice Hudson (333-199-6) to become Texas Tech's second winningest coach. Sharp claimed the title when she recorded her 334th win against North Texas (82-39) on Dec. 2 in Denton.

    1997-98 Lady Raider Schedule
    Date Opponent   Time/Result
    UTSA Classic Tournament - San Antonio
    Nov. 22 at Texas-San Antonio W, 57-44
    Nov. 23 vs. Stephen F. Austin #17 (Fox Sports) W, 93-83 Cancun Tournament - Cancun, Mexico
    Nov. 28 St. Francis   W, 91-35
    Nov. 29 Western Kentucky #22 L, 63-69
    Dec. 6 McNeese W, 93-44
    Dec. 9 at Texas-El Paso   W, 82-48
    Dec. 20 at University of New Mexico   8 p.m.
    Dec. 29 SMU   7 p.m.
    Jan. 1 Old Dominion 2 p.m.
    Jan. 4 at Missouri* 2 p.m.
    Jan. 7 Baylor* 7 p.m.
    Jan. 10 at Texas*   7 p.m.
    Jan. 14 Oklahoma State* 7 p.m.
    Jan. 17 Colorado*(Fox Sports) 1 p.m.
    Jan. 20 at Iowa State* 7 p.m.
    Jan. 24 Kansas* 7 p.m.
    Jan. 28 at Oklahoma State*   7 p.m.
    Big 12/PAC 10 Challenge
    Jan. 31 Kansas vs. Arizona (ESPN 2) 3 p.m. 
    Texas Tech vs. Stanford (ESPN 2)   5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 4 Texas*(Fox Sports)   8 p.m.
    Feb. 7 at Baylor*   7 p.m.
    Feb. 11 Oklahoma*   7 p.m.
    Feb. 14 at Texas A&M* (Fox Sports)   1 p.m.
    Feb. 19 at Oklahoma* 7 p.m.
    Feb. 21 Texas A&M*   2 p.m.
    Feb. 25 Nebraska*   7 p.m.
    Feb. 28 at Kansas State* (Fox Sports) 1 p.m. March 3-7   Big 12 Basketball Tournament
    Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.
    *Big 12 Game ; All Times Central ; Schedule Subject To Change 
    1997-98 Big 12 Standings
    Overall Big 12
    Team            W-L   Perc. 
    Missouri        6-1   .857
    Kansas          6-1   .857
    Texas Tech      5-1   .833
    Colorado        5-1   .833
    Iowa State      8-2   .800
    Kansas State    6-2   .750
    Nebraska        9-3   .750
    Baylor          5-2   .714
    Oklahoma State  3-3   .500
    Texas A&M       3-4   .429
    Oklahoma        3-4   .429
    Texas           2-4   .333

    Tech captures 82-48 victory against Texas-El Paso
    It was a season high night for junior college transfer Angie Braziel, as she led Tech to a 82-48 thumping of the University of Texas-El Paso. Braziel recorded her first Lady Raider double double as she put in 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Braziel shot .571 from the field and .800 from the bonus line. On the other end of the floor, the JUCO All-American blocked four shots and had one steal. Three of Tech's other starters also put in double digits. Rene Hanebutt contributed 11, Alicia Thompson put in 16 and Julie Lake added 14.

    Lake's Dishes
    Junior Julie Lake is accumulating quite a dish collection. Last season, she handed out more assists than any other current Lady Raider. She had a team high 100 for an average of 3.4 assists per game. In her freshman season, Lake set a freshman record for the most assists in a game (nine vs. Illinois State) and most in a season. Her 134 assists during the 1995-96 season bypassed 75 set by Noel Johnson during her first year as a Lady Raider. Lake needs only 28 more assists to move onto Tech's All-time list. When that happens she will bypass Tammy Walker who is 10th with 285.

    Boles Block Party Rolls On
    Senior Crystal Boles is currently Tech's all-time shot block leader. It happened in Cancun, Mexico against St. Francis University on Nov. 28, 1997. At the 6:23 mark in the first half, Boles collected her 175th blocked shot. That moved her past Carolyn Thompson who recorded 174 during her four year career. But, Boles didn't stop there, she swatted down another shot against Western Kentucky the following evening. During the 1996-97 season, Boles led the Big 12 Conference in blocks per game during the regular season and conference play. She finished as the number seven shot blocker in the nation.

    Thompson for 2,000
    Senior All-America candidate Alicia Thompson is one of only six Lady Raiders to have scored 1,500 or more points during their career. But Thompson could elevate her status to one of three if she can put in 2,000 points before the end of the season. She needs only 429 more points to join Michi Atkins (2,134) and Carolyn Thompson (2,655) in the elite group.

    Hanebutt, Lake from behind the arc
    Junior Rene Hanebutt is not only known for her reckless leaps of abandon that often have her flailing after a loose ball, but also for her very distinctive three-point shot. This season, Hanebutt is making .419 of those attempts, a better percentage than the .388 she is shooting from the field. But, Hanebutt is not alone in that statistical category. Team and classmate Julie Lake is doing the same. Lake is shooting a team high .545 from three-point range and .528 from the field.

    Bench help
    While four of the Lady Raiders five starters are averaging double digits in scoring, it's nice to know that the Texas Tech bench has some fire power of its own. Sophomore Detra Johnson leads the bench squad with 6.7 points per game. Johnson is shooting a team high .769 from the field. Redshirt freshman Kristi Washington is helping crash the boards. Washington averages 3.7 rebounds per game, while Senior post Crystal Boles has blocked a team high 12 shots this season. The Lady Raider bench has played 30 percent of the Tech's 1200 minutes this season, while scoring 39 percent of the team's points and grabbing 35 percent of the rebounds.

    Torneo Cancun de Basquetbol All-Tournament Team All-America candidate Alicia Thompson and junior Julie Lake were named to the All-Tournament team at the Torneo Cancun de Basquetbol held in Cancun, Mexico over the Thanksgiving holidays. Thompson put in 38 points during the tournament and was the team's leading scorer in both contests. Lake contributed 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

    Tech faces SMU after Christmas break
    The Lady Raiders will return from the holidays to face SMU on Monday, Dec. 29. Game time is 7 p.m. in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Tech leads the series with a 35-3 overall record. In the last meeting between the two teams, Tech took home a 78-69 victory. Alicia Thompson had a game high 30 points and 16 rebounds at Moody Coliseum on Dec. 21, 1996.

    Tech hosts Big 12/PAC 10 Challenge
    In January, Texas Tech will take a break from conference play to host the 1998 Big 12/PAC 10 Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Conference foe Kansas will come to Lubbock along with PAC 10 schools Arizona and Stanford. The first game of the double bill will feature the Jayhawks and the Wildcats squaring off at 3 p.m. Tech will play Stanford at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.

    Home Sweet Home One More Time
    The Lubbock Municipal Coliseum is entering its final full season as the home of Lady Raider basketball. The Lady Raiders are currently scheduled to begin action in the United Spirit Arena in January 1999. Until then Texas Tech can count on the majestic old building to provide the Lady Raiders with a decisive home court advantage. The Lady Raiders have currently won 91 of their last 95 games in the friendly confines, a winning percentage of .957. The Lady Raiders have managed a 164-25 mark under head coach Marsha Sharp and a 95-7 record in the last six seasons in the Coliseum.

    Thompson, Hanebutt Back Again
    Senior all-America candidate Alicia Thompson and junior Rene Hanebutt will return to the floor this season. That is good news for scoreboard operators, because last season both Lady Raiders averaged in double digits. The two combined talents for 1,105 points. That total was 54.6 percent of the total points scored by the Lady Raiders in 1996-97. Out of Tech's 29 games last season, Thompson was the leading scorer 24 times, while Hanebutt led the team three times.

    A Knee, an Ankle and Lots of Hard Work
    Senior Crystal Boles suffered a tear in her anterior cruciate ligament in the first 63 second of Tech's game against Kansas State during the Big 12 Tournament. She had knee surgery on March 20. Three weeks later, she underwent ankle surgery to remove a piece of bone that was lodged between two ligaments. However, Boles returned to the floor in an exhibition game against the Houston Jaguars. In just eight minutes of play, Boles put in 12 points. The only remnants of her summer of hard work, dedication and high pain tolerance are braces worn on her knee and ankle.

    Tough Competition
    The Lady Raiders have been picked as a Top Ten team in virtually every pre-season poll. But as Head Coach Marsha Sharp has said, "Potential's not worth very much until you get on the floor and prove it." Tech will have quite an opportunity to prove their potential. In non-conference play alone, Tech will face two NCAA Final Four teams in Old Dominion and Stanford. They will also tackle tough competition from Stephen F. Austin, Western Kentucky, St. Francis and SMU. That along with road trips to Texas-El Paso and the University of New Mexico. But it doesn't get any easier as the Lady Raiders head into Big 12 play. Half of the conference's 12 teams were in the NCAA tournament last season. Sharp knows what lays in wait for her team. "I don't think there is any question how tough our schedule is. It may be the toughest non-conference schedule we've ever played at Texas Tech."

    Cosby undergoes surgery
    Junior transfer Kyna Cosby underwent successful surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 9 to repair a cut tendon on her right pinky finger. She is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Cosby had played in three games for the Lady Raiders this season. She averaged 2.3 points and 0.7 rebounds per game. The Junior College All-America from Howard College had played 28 minutes this year.

    Current Streaks
    * Alicia Thompson has scored in double digits in 44 consecutive games. * Alicia Thompson has started in 67 and played in 70 consecutive games. * Alicia Thompson has scored in 70 consecutive games. * Rene Hanebutt has started in 39 and played in 47 consecutive games.

    Lady Raiders' Record When...
    Ahead at half                    4-0
    Tied at half                     1-0
    Behind at half                   0-1
    Shoot 50% or better              3-0
    Shoot less than 50%              2-1
    Shoot 70% or better FT           1-0
    Shoot less than 70% FT           4-1
    Outrebound opponents             4-0
    Outrebounded by opponents        1-1
    Commit fewer turnovers           4-1
    Commit more turnovers             -
    Commit same turnovers            1-0
    Games decided by 5 pts. or less   -
    Games decided by 6-10 pts.       1-1
    Games decided by 11-20 pts.      1-0
    Games decided by 21+ pts.        3-0
    Televised games                  1-0
    Ranked teams                     1-1
    vs. Southland                    3-0
    vs. ECAC Northeast               1-0
    vs. Sun Belt                     0-1
    vs. WAC                          1-0
    vs. Colonial                      -
    vs. Pac-10                        -
    Lady Raiders by the Numbers
    All Games         5-1
    Home Games        1-0
    Away Games        2-0
    Neutral Games     2-1
    Big 12 Games       -
    Big 12 Home Game   -
    Big 12 Away Games  -
    Night Games       3-1
    Day Games         2-0
    November Games    3-1
    December Games    2-0
    Friday Games      1-0
    Saturday Games    2-1
    Sunday Games      1-0
    Tuesday Games     1-0

    More Numbers

    Largest lead at anytime 56, vs. St. Francis (11-28)
    Largest point run   16, vs. McNeese (12-6)
    Largest deficit overcome in a win   6, vs. SFA (11-23)
    Largest deficit at anytime   11, vs. WKU (11-29)
    Most scored in 1st half 49, vs. St. Francis (11-28)
    Most scored in 2nd half 58, vs. SFA (11-23)
    Least scored in 1st half   26, vs. UTSA & WKU
    Least scored in 2nd half   31, vs. UTSA (11-22)

    Game-by-Game Starters

    UTSA, SFA, St. Francis, Western Kentucky, McNeese State, UTEP
    Schmucker, Lake, Hanebutt, Thompson, Braziel 
    Team Season Highs
    Texas Tech                     Category          Opponents
    93,   vs. SFA & McNeese         Points            83, SFA
    50,   vs. McNeese               Rebounds          49, UTSA
    38,   vs. St. Francis           FG Made           29, SFA
    72,   vs. St. Francis           FG Attempts       65, SFA
    .545, vs. McNeese               FG%              .538, WKU
    10,   vs. SFA                   3FG Made          5, SFA
    21,   vs. SFA                   3FG Attempts      17, WKU
    .556, vs. UTEP                  3FG%             .333, SFA
    19,   vs. UTEP                  FT Made           20, SFA
    31,   vs. UTSA                  FT Attempts       33, SFA
    .760, vs. UTEP                  FT%              .606, SFA
    12,   vs. McNeese               Fewest Fouls      12, St. Francis
    20,   vs. SFA                   Most Fouls        25, SFA
    31,   vs. McNeese               Assists           19, WKU
    12,   vs. St. Francis           Steals            12, St. Francis
    9,    vs. UTEP                  Blocks             7,UTEP
    17,   vs. SFA                   Turnovers         23, UTEP
    10,   vs. McNeese               Least Turnovers   15, SFA
    49    vs. St. Francis           Most 1st Half Pts. 33, WKU
    26,   twice                   Fewest 1st Half Pts. 14, UTSA
    58,   vs. SFA                   Most 2nd Half Pts. 48, SFA
    31,   vs. UTSA                Fewest 2nd Half Pts. 19, St. Francis 
    Lady Raider Season Highs
    Points:       32, Thompson vs. SFA (11-23)
    Rebounds:     11, Thompson & Braziel
    FG Made:      12, Thompson vs. SFA (11-23)
    FG Attempts:  20, Thompson vs. UTSA (11-22)
    3FG Made:      5, Hanebutt vs. SFA (11-23)
    3FG Attempts: 11, Hanebutt vs. SFA (11-23)
    FT Made:       8, Thompson vs. SFA (11-23)
    FT Attempts:  12, Thompson vs. SFA (11-23)
    Assists:       8, Lake vs. SFA (11-23)
                   8, O'Neal vs. McNeese (12-6)
    Steals:        4, O'Neal vs. SFA (11-23)
    Blocks:        4, Braziel vs. UTEP (12-9)
    Opponents Individual Highs
    Points:       28, Katrina Price, SFA
    Rebounds:     13, Christie Smith, SFA
    FG Made:       9, Katrina Price, SFA
    3FG Made:      2, four times
    FT Made:       8, Katrina Price, SFA
    Assists:       6, Tameka Roberts, UTSA
    Steals:        5, A Edwards, St. Francis
    Blocks:        2, Kiana Taylor, UTEP

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