Katrisa O'Neal
Katrisa O'Neal


Plainview, Texas

High School:



As a junior: Started all 33 games...named to the Kansas City Star's Big 12 All-Improved team this year...named one of 10 Defensive All-Americans by The Women's Basketball Journal...has moved to second on Tech's all-time career list for steals at 269...scored a career-high 21 points at Central Florida Dec. 19 and matched her season highs of six rebounds and five steals...scored 18 points vs. Santa Clara Jan. 5 and had a career-high eight assists and a season-high two blocks...scored 17 points vs. Rice Nov. 23 and matched that at USC Nov. 29...hit her first three-pointer at South Florida Dec. 17...dished out assists vs. Lamar Dec. 15...grabbed six rebounds vs. LSU Nov. 20 and Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...finished with four assists against Rice and SWT...had four steals against LSU and SMU Dec. 4...recorded a block vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and at USF...grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Baylor Feb. 5...matched her season high of seven rebounds vs. Nebraska Feb. 16 and Oklahoma Feb. 19...also scored 12 points vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19...scored 10 points at Texas Feb. 23...scored 10 points vs. Baylor, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line...had seven assists vs. Colorado March 8...had 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and matched her season high of five steals vs. Tennessee Tech March 18...had 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals vs. Tulane March 20.

As a sophomore: Saw action in all 34 games with eight starts...averaged nearly 21 minutes of action per game...scored a career-high 14 points against James Madison and New Mexico...had a season-high eight assists against New Mexico...Tech's steal leader, averaging 2.8 per outing.

As a freshman: Spark plug player who elevated Tech defense at key moments...played in all 31 of Tech's games...averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game...second on school list for most assists in a season by a freshman with 78...led the team in steals with 71...scored nine points and collected seven steals against Colorado...grabbed six rebounds against Texas in Lubbock...recorded nine assists at Texas.

High School: 1997 graduate of Class 4A Plainview High School in Plainview, Texas...As a senior: Helped guide squad to a 25-8 record...team placed second in district...also won area and bi-district championships...advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals...averaged 15.5 points per game...dished out 5.1 assists as a senior...grabbed 5.2 rebounds...stole the ball five times per game...named the Lubbock Avalanche Journal 4A-5A South Plains Player of the Year for three consecutive years...Amarillo Globe News Super Team Player of the Year as a senior...selected first team All-State by TABC...also selected first team All-State by TGCA...first team All-Region selection...played in the high school coaches' All-Star game over the summer...as a junior averaged 20.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds...named TABC All-State and TGCA All-State...selected as District MVP...was a Texas Magazine All-State selection...chosen to the Globe News Super Team...named Street & Smith's All-America Honorable Mention...named Newcomer of the Year in 1993...coached by Danny Wrem, Darla Ford, Rene Webb and Amanda Kendall...signed with Texas Tech during early signing period on Nov. 13, 1996...chose Texas Tech over Georgia, Texas A&M, New Mexico State and Oklahoma.

AAU: Played with the West Texas Lady Bulls...claimed regional championship three years...four-year member of national qualifying team.

Personal: Full name: Katrisa Vernee O'Neal...born 2-15-79 in Plainview...mother is Vera O'Neal...works in the cafeteria at Plainview High School...has three older siblings, Trina, Pat and Red...relative Randy Williams played football at the University of Texas...hobbies include going to church and having fun with family and friends...member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in high school...majoring in Human Development/Pre-nursing.

Getting to Know Katrisa...

  • Favorite movie: Love and Basketball
  • Favorite non-sports figure: Angela Bassett
  • The best athlete (s) I've played against/with: Ticha Penicheiro, Chamique Holdsclaw
  • When I want to get away from basketball I: Have fun with friends and family
  • Favorite meal: Soul food
  • Favorite TV shows: Coach and Golden Girls
  • My dream vacation would be: A cruise to every exotic place in the world
  • If I could trade places with anyone in the world for a day it would be: Oprah Winfrey
  • My goals for this year are: To be the complete player in all areas of my game
  • If I could bring one thing from home with me to college it would be: My whole family
  • I would describe my personality off the court as: Laid-back and I like to have fun
  • What I like most about being a Lady Raider: The trips and the tradition
  • The most famous person I have ever met: Jeffrey Osborne
  • Words to live by: Nothing in life is free, if it comes easy; then it's not worth having

Career Game Highs

Points: 21 at Central Florida, 12-19-99
FGM: 9 at Central Florida, 12-19-99
FGA: 18 at Iowa State, 1-2-00
3FG: 3, three times
3FGA: 5 vs. Iowa State, 1-20-98
FTM: 8, twice
FTA: 13 at Oklahoma, 1-18-00
Rebs.: 8 vs. Oklahoma, 1-6-99
Assists: 9 vs. Texas, 1-10-98
Blocks: 3 vs. Baylor, 1-30-99
Steals: 7 vs. Colorado, 1-17-98

Career Season Highs

Games Played: 34, 1998-99
Games Started: 33, 1999-00
Minutes: 1099, 1999-00
Points: 341, 1999-00
FGM: 129, 1999-00
FGA: 363, 1999-00
3FGM: 5, 1998-99
3FGA: 26, 1998-99
FTM: 82, 1999-00
FTA: 115, 1999-00
Rebounds: 114, 1999-00
Assists: 116, 1999-00
Blocks: 14, 1998-99
Steals: 104, 1999-00

Career Stats

Year GP/GS Min FG-A Pct. 3P-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb./Avg. A S B Pts./Avg.
97-98 31/0 489 41-122 .336 4-25 .160 40-68 .588 66/2.1 78 71 5 126/4.1
98-99 34/8 693 67-179 .374 5-26 .192 36-55 .655 84/2.5 87 94 14 175/5.1
99-00 33/33 1099 129-363 .355 1-5 .200 82-115 .713 114/3.5 116 104 5 341/10.3
Totals 98/41 2281 237-664 .357 10-56 .179 158-238 .664 264/2.7 281 269 24 642/6.6 ?

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