Lady Raiders Win First Game At United Spirit Arena|
Nov. 20, 1999
LUBBOCK, TX - Over 15,000 fans helped Texas Tech fight off a pesky Louisiana State team 56-49 in the Lady Raiders inaugural game at United Spirit Arena.
LSU tied the game at 45 on a jumper by DeTrina White with 5:13 left in the second half. White's shot capped a 6-0 run by the Lady Tigers.
Aleah Johnson hit key buckets throughout the night, but none were more important than back-to-back shots that reestablished a four-point lead at 49-45 with 4:10 to play. The first of Johnson's two big shots ended a 3:30 scoring drought for the Lady Raiders.
Johnson finished with a career high 16.
Katrisa O'Neal scored 13 despite foul trouble. The sophomore guard played only 27 minutes, picking up her fourth foul with 14:01 left in the second half. O'Neal returned to bank in a shot from just inside the free-throw line to give Tech a 53-49 lead with 1:53 to go. After the shot, LSU never got within four points.
LSU used a zone defense much of the night to frustrate the Lady Raiders on the offensive end. Texas Tech shot 36 percent from the field while LSU hit 49 percent of its shots.
So, Marsha Sharp charged her team with winning the game on defense. Tech forced 22 turnovers and out-rebounded the Lady Tigers 42-31.
Freshman Plenette Pierson scored 12 in her Texas Tech debut.