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Plenette Pierson scored 12 points in the Lady Raiders' last outing.

Plenette Pierson scored 12 points in the Lady Raiders' last outing.
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Jan. 2, 2001

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No. 12/13 Texas Tech (9-2) takes on Missouri (9-2) tonight at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is the sixth meeting between the two teams.

Missouri Tigers (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. #12/13 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (9-2, 0-0 Big 12)
January 3, 2001 -- Lubbock, Texas -- 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Scouting the Opponent
Missouri enters the game with a 9-2 record after beating Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 88-64, last Saturday. In that game, senior Amanda Lassiter scored a game-high 21 points followed by freshman Evan Unrau with 16 and senior Marlena Williams and junior Natalie Bright with 13 points apiece. Lassiter grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Kerensa Barr dished out a game-high seven assists. Lassiter also recorded three blocks and two steals.

On the year, Lassiter paces the Tigers in scoring with a 20.1 average, while Williams is averaging 11.5 and senior Tracy Franklin at 11.3. Lassiter is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.5 boards per outing. Lassiter has team highs of 27 blocks and 37 steals, while Barr has a team high of 57 assists. The Tigers are shooting 47.9 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent from the free throw line.

Cindy Stein is in her third year at the helm of the Tigers establishing a record of 40-29. She is in her sixth year as a head coach with an overall record of 105-54.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds 4-1 advantage over Missouri after the Tigers won their first game against the Lady Raider last season, 52-49, in Columbia, Mo., Feb. 8, 2000.

Last Time vs. Missouri
Feb. 8, 2000 - Missouri pulled out a 52-49 upset over No. 9 Texas Tech to give the Lady Raiders their third loss of the season, which was also their third loss in the Big 12.

Missouri's Natalie Bright hit a jumper with 29 seconds left and then stole the ball on Tech's next possession to give the Tigers their first win over Texas Tech.

The game was close throughout the second half with Tech leading with one minute left. The Tech was called for a backcourt violation and Bright scored on the next possession. Tech's last-second 3-point attempt by Amber Tarr was long.

Aleah Johnson led Tech with 17 points, while Keitha Dickerson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season.

Big 12 Openers
Texas Tech is 3-1 in Big 12 openers. Tech has won at Baylor twice, once at Missouri and lost last year, 62-37, at Iowa State. This will be the first year in the history of the Big 12 that Tech opened the Big 12 season at home.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders go to Oklahoma State on Jan. 6 for a 7 p.m. game before returning home for a game with Baylor on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Tech will then go on the road for two-straight games, at Texas A&M Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. and at Nebraska Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 443-136 in her 19th year at the helm of the Lady Raiders. She has led the Lady Raiders to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 11 consecutive, and six NCAA Sweet 16 and three Elite Eight appearances and the NCAA National Championship in 1993. Sharp has led the Lady Raiders to three-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season titles and two tournament crowns. 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.

A 1974 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Sharp was named the National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994. She also reaped SWC Coach of the Year honors seven times, five consecutively.

The Last Time Out
(AP) - Becki Ashbaugh helped Santa Clara find its identity.

Ashbaugh hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left as Santa Clara beat No. 10 Texas Tech 61-56 on Saturday for its first win over a Top Ten team in six years.

The last time Santa Clara (8-3) beat a top 10 team was Dec. 19, 1994, against No. 10 Washington.

Ashbaugh scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Broncos won their fifth in their last six games.

Plenette Pierson scored 12 points to lead Texas Tech (9-2), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Texas Tech had tied the game at 56 with just over a minute to play when Natalie Ritchie sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Ashbaugh took the ball, dribbled it two steps and calmly hit the winning basket. Santa Clara hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to maintain its lead.

Ashbaugh hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Broncos a 34-27 halftime lead.

The Lady Raiders, who had been beating opponents by an average of 20 points, opened the second half with a 20-9 run to take a 47-43 lead with just under nine minutes to play.

Santa Clara shot 48 percent for the game and limited the Lady Raiders to 35 percent.

Team Leaders
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson, who is averaging 14.1 points per game. Senior Katrisa O'Neal is adding 12.9 points per outing, while freshman Jia Perkins is averaging 12.5 points. Pierson is the top rebounder, averaging 6.3 boards per outing followed by junior Tanisha Ellison with 5.9 rebounds and freshman Dionne Brown at 5.8. Brown has a team-high 75.8 field goal percentage, while junior Candi White is shooting 54.5 percent and Pierson at 50 percent. Perkins has team highs of 51 assists and 33 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 11 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 66.1 percent from the free throw line.

First Big 12 Opener at Home
For the first time in the five-year history of Big 12 women's basketball, the Lady Raiders will open the Big 12 season at home. Tech won at Baylor, 75-58, Jan. 4, 1997, then it was a victory at Missouri, 79-65, Jan. 4, 1998, and another win at Baylor, 51-49, Jan. 2, 1999, before losing at Iowa State, 62-37, Jan. 2, 2000.

She's Back!
Freshman Dionne Brown has been cleared by the doctors to return to the playing floor. Brown has sat out the last five games after tearing her medical collateral ligament in her right knee against North Carolina State Dec. 9.

Ayers Puts Up Career Highs at Santa Clara
Freshman Jolee Ayers finished with career highs of eight points and three steals, while matching her career high of one block in 19 minutes of play at Santa Clara Dec. 30.

Season Lows at Santa Clara
In Tech's 61-56 loss at Santa Clara Dec 30, the Lady Raiders recorded three season team lows: three-point field goal percentage (16.7 percent), rebounds (32) and assists (7).

Career High Boards for Tarr
Junior Amber Tarr grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in Tech's win at Rice Dec. 28. Her previous high was six against North Carolina State earlier this season.

Block Buster
Sophomore Plenette Pierson tied her career high of three blocks against Rice Dec. 28 as it marked the fourth time in her career that she has recorded three blocks in a game. She also tied her career-high three assists.

Sinking the Three
Junior Candi White sank a career-high three three-point baskets as she went 3-for-3 from three-point range against Rice Dec. 28.

Double Pleasure for Perkins
Freshman Jia Perkins recorded her first career double-double as she scored 15 points and matched her career high of 10 assists against USC Dec. 22. Perkins was one rebound short of a triple-double as she tallied a career-high nine boards.

Perfect 3s
Texas Tech was 100 percent from three-point range against USC Dec. 22 as junior Amber Tarr was the only Lady Raider to attempt a three-point shot and finished the game 3-for-3.

Two Times Against USC
For the second-straight year, sophomore Plenette Pierson scored 20 or more points against USC. Pierson finished with 20 points against the Women of Troy on Dec. 22 and poured in 21 points last year vs. USC.

Stealing the Show
Senior Katrisa O'Neal and sophomore Plenette Pierson each had a season-high four steals in Tech's 85-59 win over USC Dec. 22. Both also finished the game with 20 points apiece.

Tarr Lights It Up
Junior Amber Tarr lit up the United Spirit Arena against Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 19 as she poured in a career-high 25 points while tying her career high of six three-point baskets in 33 minutes of action.

No Silent Night
In Tech's win over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 19, the Lady Raiders had several players making noise as they set career highs. Career highs in scoring were set by junior Amber Tarr with 25 points followed by freshman Natalie Ritchie with 10, sophomore Alison Cudnoski with nine and freshman Jolee Ayers with six points. Junior Candi White tied her career high of 10 points. Another notable career high set was Ayers' seven rebounds.

Victory Margin
The Lady Raiders' 94-37 triumph over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 19 marked the largest margin of victory for Texas Tech this season of 57 points.

Season Low TOs
Tech committed a season-low seven turnovers in its game against Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 19. The school record for lowest turnovers in a game is five, which occurred against Texas A&M Jan. 31, 1983.

Team Highs
In the game against Southeastern Louisiana, Tech recorded several season highs, including points (94), field goals made (37), field goal attempts (81), three-point field goals made (8), three-point field goals attempted (21), assists (24), steals (18) and blocks (8).

First OT Game of Season
Texas Tech was victorious in its first overtime game of the year in a 79-75 triumph over No. 13 Oregon. Last season, the Lady Raiders were 2-0 in overtime games, including a double-overtime win at Texas, 91-85, Feb. 23, 2000.

Pierson Rallies Back
After only playing 16 minutes and scoring just six points due to foul trouble against North Carolina State Dec. 9, sophomore Plenette Pierson rallied back to score 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in 34 minutes of play in the win over Oregon Dec. 13.

Jackson Matches Career Highs
Freshman Casey Jackson tied her career high of 10 points vs. Oregon Dec. 13. Jackson had scored 10 points in the season opener against Texas-Arlington Nov. 20. She also had a career-high two steals.

Lady Raiders Shoot Season Low
In Tech's 59-51 loss to North Carolina State, the Lady Raiders shot a season-low 31.9 percent from the field, including a season-low 21.4 percent from three-point range. Tech hit just 15 of 47 shot attempts while going 3-for-14 from the three-point arc. The Lady Raiders' best shooting performance of the year came against Southwest Missouri State when they hit 29 of 55 attempts for a 52.7 percentage.

Sinking the Freebies
Texas Tech went 18-of-22 from the free throw line against North Carolina State for an 81.8 percentage, it's highest of the season. The Lady Raiders made a dramatic improvement from the previous game against New Mexico when they shot a season-low 52.6 percent from the charity stripe (20-of-38).

Tech vs. the Top 25
Texas Tech is 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 25 after beating No. 13 Oregon, 79-75 OT, Dec. 13. The Lady Raiders were also victorious over No. 8 Penn State and No. 16 Southwest Missouri State, while losing to No. 19 North Carolina State.

White Puts Up Career Highs and First Double-Double
Junior Candi White recorded her first career double-double with career highs of 10 points and 10 assists vs. New Mexico Dec. 4. She also added a career-high seven rebounds and a steal, while hitting a career-high two three-pointers.

Pierson Steps Up
Sophomore Plenette Pierson picked up her teammates when they needed her the most against New Mexico Dec. 4. Despite sitting a lot of the first half, Pierson came out in the second half to score 17 of her 24 points. She also tallied seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

High Boards for Perkins
Freshman Jia Perkins pulled down a career-high six rebounds in the Lady Raiders' win on New Mexico Dec. 4. Her previous high was five against Southwest Texas Nov. 29.

Tech Allows Second Lowest Points
Texas Tech's 72-30 win over Southwest Texas Nov. 25 marked the second lowest points allowed in the history of Lady Raider basketball. The fewest points Tech has ever allowed was 26 at McMurray on Feb. 24, 1978 in an 84-26 victory. The third fewest points allowed was 31 at TCU, Feb. 25, 1985 as Tech was victorious 65-31.

Katrisa O'Steal
Senior Katrisa O'Neal ranks second on Tech's all-time career list for steals with 291. She needs 12 steals to tie Camille Franklin for first on the list with 303 steals.

Home Court Streak
Texas Tech has the second longest home-court winning streak in Division I women's basketball. Tech has won 36 straight home games, which is tied with Kent University. Leading the way is Grambling with 66 home victories.

Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in Associated Press and/or the USA Today poll a total of 163 weeks. That includes the Jan. 1 rankings of 12th by USA Today/ESPN poll and 13th by the AP.




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