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Dec. 28, 1997

Texas Tech Women's Basketball Notes

  • Game #8 #6 Texas Tech (6-1) vs. SMU (7-2)
  • Date: Monday, Dec. 29, 1997
  • Tipoff: 7 p.m. (CST)
  • Site: Lubbock Municipal Coliseum (8,174)
  • Series: Tech leads 35-3

    Tech hosts former Southwest Conference opponent

    The Mustangs come to the Hub City with a mark of 7-2. Their two losses have both come from the state of Louisiana. On Nov. 26, Louisiana State defeated SMU 70-59. In their last game before the holidays, the Mustangs suffered a 74-76 loss to #4 Louisiana Tech.

    Sophomore forward Karlin Kennedy leads SMU with 17.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Junior guard Karen Blair is also scoring in double figures. She is averaging 12.2 points, while senior guard Kveta Truchilkova is putting in 11.3 points per contest.

    During Coach Sharp's tenure, the Lady Raiders are 31-3 against the Mustangs. Last season, Tech defeated SMU 78-69 on Dec. 21 in Dallas. Alicia Thompson led the Lady Raiders with 30 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  7/7  3.6  1.9  2.8
    
    23  Julie Lake        Jr-2L  G    5-9  7/7  12.0 4.1  3.2
    
    33  Rene Hanebutt     Jr-2L  G    5-8  7/7  10.3 4.1  2.4
    
    43  Alicia Thompson   Sr-3L  P    6-1  7/7  21.1 7.3  2.2
    
    45  Angie Braziel     Jr-Tr  P    6-3  7/7  11.7 6.3  1.4(BPG)
    
    
    
    SMU Mustangs
    No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. G/GS PPG RPG APG 12 Karen Blair Jr-2L G 5-7 9/9 12.2 3.0 4.4 13 Kveta Truchilkova Sr-3L G 5-11 9/9 11.3 2.1 1.7 31 Nici Johnson So-1L G 5-8 9/6 7.6 5.8 1.4 33 Claudia Brassard Jr-2L F 6-2 9/9 9.8 8.2 1.8(BPG) 50 Kalrin Kennedy So-1L F 6-1 9/9 17.0 7.4 1.5 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 7/0 3.3 1.9 2.7 12 Cara Gibbs Jr-2L P 6-2 6/0 3.8 2.3 0.6 13 Jennifer CockerellSr-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 7/0 2.6 3.0 1.7(BPG) 25 Keitha Dickerson So-1L F 6-0 6/0 3.3 2.5 0.5 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 356-121 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 W, 65-62
    
    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. W-L    Perc.
    
    Missouri       8-1    .889
    
    Kansas         7-1    .875
    
    Texas Tech     6-1    .857
    
    Colorado       6-1    .857
    
    Iowa State     9-2    .818
    
    Nebraska       10-3   .769
    
    Baylor         5-2    .714
    
    Kansas State   6-3    .667
    
    Oklahoma State 4-3    .571
    
    Oklahoma       4-4    .500
    
    Texas          4-4    .500
    
    Texas A&M      4-5    .444
    
    

    Tech posts thrilling victory over New Mexico Prior to their Christmas break, the Lady Raiders traveled to snowy Albuquerque where they defeated the University of New Mexico in a 65-62 nailbiter.

    Tech was down by as many as eight in the second half, before rallying to tie the game at 61 with 1:38 left on the clock. The Lobos went up by one on a free throw before Alicia Thompson gave Tech a 63-62 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Texas Tech freshman Katrisa O'Neal then sealed the victory when she stole the ball in the back court and made a lay-up with seven seconds remaining. Braziel again came up big for Tech as she recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

    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

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