Lady Raiders Close Out Nonconference Schedule
Jan. 4, 2000
Santa Clara Broncos (9-2/0-0 West Coast) vs.
No. 13 Texas Tech will host Santa Clara in the Lady Raiders final non-conference game of the season at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena. It will be the second meeting between the two schools.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 10-1 mark and 0-1 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.3 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 12.7, senior Keitha Dickerson at 11.9 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 10.8. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.4 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 48 assists, while freshman Jamie Nagle owns a team-best five blocks and O'Neal has 39 steals.
The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from the three-point arc and 58.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Opponent
Santa Clara enters the game with a 9-2 mark after losing to Oregon, 66-60, on Dec. 30. In that game, sophomore Becki Ashbaugh scored a game-high 18 points, while senior Katie Pursley was the only other Bronco to score in double figures with 13. Pursley also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Ashbaugh had six assists.
On the year, Ashbaugh lead Santa Clara in scoring with a 10.9 average followed by Pursley and sophomore Tammy Annas each averaging 10.5 points. Junior Annie Garrison is the top rebounder as she is averaging 5.8 boards per outing. Ashbaugh has a team-high 46 assists, while Garrison leads the team in blocks with 20 and senior Stephanie Rogers has a team-high 19 steals.
The Broncos are shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line.
It is the second meeting between Texas Tech and Santa Clara with Tech holding a 1-0 advantage. The Lady Raiders were victorious, 64-58, March 21, 1992 in Lubbock in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Santa Clara Broncos
A Look Back
Angie Welle has 18 points and 13 rebounds as No. 14 Iowa State held sixth-ranked Texas Tech to its second-lowest point total in program history in a 62-37 victory Sunday.
Tech has thrived on defense this season and held Iowa State 21 points below its scoring average while forcing 25 turnovers in the Big 12 opener. But 23.8 percent shooting doomed the Lady Raiders to their worst loss since Tennessee beat them 81-44 Nov. 27, 1995.
Unable to get the ball inside, Tech was relegated to casting up outside shots that did not fall. Melinda Schmucker-Pharies missed her first 10 shots and finished 1-for-13. Tech's other starting guard, Katrisa O'Neal, was 4-for-18 and the Lady Raiders went 3-for-21 on 3-pointers.
The only time a Tech team scored fewer points in a game was in a 106-30 loss to Wayland Baptist in 1975-76, the school's first season of women's basketball.
Iowa State closed the first half with a 9-2 run to go up 33-20, and stretched the lead to 45-22 early in the second half with a 10-0 burst highlighted by a four-point play by Frese, who was slapped in the wrist by O'Neal as she sank a 3-pointer and then made the free throw.
Tech had just one field goal to show for the first 7:43 of the second half, then scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 45-29 as Iowa State went scoreless for five minutes. But the Lady Raiders made only three more baskets the rest of the game.
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 416-130 in her 18th year at the helm of the Lady Raiders. The 1999 Big 12 Coach of the Year, for the second consecutive year, has led the Lady Raiders to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 10 consecutive, and five NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and 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 claimed her 400th career victory last season in the 83-71 win at Colorado on Feb. 24, 1999.
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.
As of games through Dec. 13, Texas Tech ranks first with 11 other schools in won-lost percentage at 1.000. Tech is also third in scoring defense (52.3) and 16th in scoring margin (18.0).
Senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 35th in rebounding with a 10.0 average.
Dickerson Gets Sixth and Seventh Double-Double
Senior Keitha Dickerson recorded her sixth and seventh double-double of the year at TCU Dec. 22 as she scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and at Iowa State Jan. 2 with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She has now had four double-doubles in the last five games On the year, she is averaging 11.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.
Dickerson Climbs into Top 10
Senior Keitha Dickerson has climbed into Tech's top 10 list for career rebounds this season. She currently stands in eighth with 627 boards as she is averaging 10.4 rebounds a game. Standing in seventh is Stacey Siebert with 741.
Lowest Shooting of Season
Texas Tech's 23.8 percent from the field at Iowa State on Jan. 2 was the lowestest shooting percentage for the Lady Raiders on season. Tech was 15 of 63 from the field and 3 of 21 from three-point range.
Second Lowest Scoring Output
The Lady Raiders' 62-37 loss at Iowa State Jan. 3 was the second lowest scoring output by Texas Tech. Tech only scored 30 points in the loss to Wayland Baptist (106-30) in 1975-76, the school's first season of women's basketball.
Tarr Has Career Day
Sophomore Amber Tarr had a career performance at TCU Dec. 22 as she hit a career-high four three-point baskets to finish with a career-high 12 points. It was the second straight game in which she had set career highs in both categories. She scored eight points and hit two three-pointers in the win at Central Florida Dec. 19, which were career highs at the time.
Schmucker-Pharies Dishes Out
In the victory at TCU Dec. 22, senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies dished out 10 assists and was just two points shy of a double-double as she finished with eight points in 40 minutes of action. The 10 assists were second best on the year as she had 11 assists against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26.
O'Neal Scores Career High
Junior Katrisa O'Neal scored a career-high 21 points as she was 9-for-13 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line in the victory at Central Florida Dec. 19.
Best Shooting Performance of the Season
The Lady Raiders had their best shooting performance of the season as they shot 60 percent from the field against Lamar Dec. 15. Tech connected on 33 of its 55 attempts. Tech also shot a season-high 60 percent from three-point range, going 6-for-10.
Pierson Scores 21 for Third Time
For the third time this season, freshman Plenette Pierson matched her career-high 21 points in the win over Lamar Dec. 15. She also scored 21 vs. SMU Dec. 4 and at USC Nov. 29.
Schmucker-Pharies Nails Season High
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies scored a season-high 13 points in the Lady Raiders' victory over Lamar Dec. 15. All 13 of her points came in the first half, including 3-for-4 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes of action.
Johnson Gets First Double-Double
Senior Aleah Johnson picked up her first double-double of the year as she scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the triumph at New Mexico Dec. 8.
Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 19-home game winning streak after its first three home games of the season. Tech's streak ranks them fifth among NCAA Division I home-court winning streaks. Grambling currently has the number one streak at 57 games.
Texas Tech's first game of the year and the first in the United Spirit Arena against LSU Nov. 20 was a sellout crowd of 15,050. It marked the second largest crowd for a Big 12 women's basketball game. The largest crowd was 15, 303 when Texas hosted Louisiana Tech on March 27, 1987. It is also the fourth largest crowd this year in Division I basketball as of Dec. 20.
A Look Ahead
Tech will take the road for a game at Oklahoma Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. before returning to the United Spirit Arena for two games on Jan. 12 vs. Colorado at 7 p.m. and Jan. 15 vs. Oklahoma State at 2 p.m.
Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll and/or the USA Today poll, a total of 144 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 13th by both the AP and USA Today.
Follow the Lady Raiders on the Radio
All Lady Raider basketball games can be heard live on the All Sports Radio Network on KFYO-AM 790 and KKCL-FM 98.1 locally. Listen to play-by-play by Ryan Hyatt, with color commentary by Crystal Boles and Kent Best as they go to the court with the Lady Raiders. Other affiliates carrying Lady Raider Basketball are:
KPUR-AM 1440 - Amarillo
Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule
Did you know that...
...junior Kristi Washington has something that none of her teammates have yet and that is a college degree. Washington earned her bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science this past semester in three and a half years. Washington will begin graduate work next semester.
...there is a brother and sister who play Division I basketball and both play for teams that are ranked in the top 10. That's right, Lady Raider freshman Courtney Pastner and Arizona's senior guard Josh Pastner are brother and sister.
1999-2000 MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS
Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 10-1
Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 10, Johnson 8, Pierson 7, O'Neal 5, Ellison 2, Schmucker-Pharies 2, Nagle 1, Tarr 1
Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 7, Pierson 2, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 4, Johnson 3, O'Neal 3, Dickerson 1
Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 8, Pierson 3, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 6, Dickerson 4, O'Neal 3, Johnson 2, Tarr 1
TECH FREE THROW SHOOTING IN FINAL 2 MINUTES
TECH RECORD WHEN
Big12 Standings (as of Jan. 4)
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 13th in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the week of Jan. 3
Schmucker-Pharies on the move
Dickerson climbing up the list
Where the Lady Raiders Stand (as of Jan. 3)
Big 12 Team Stats
Big 12 Individual Stats (must appear in 75% of games)
Plenette Pierson - 20th - 13.3
Aleah Johnson - 24th - 12.7
Keitha Dickerson - 30th - 11.9
Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 10.4
Plenette Pierosn - 17th - 7.1
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 2nd - 2.40
Field Goal Percentage
Plenette Pierson - 7th - .564
Keitha Dickerson - 13th - .525
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 9th - 4.36
Katrisa O'Neal - 2nd - 3.55
3-Point Field Goal Percentage
Amber Tarr - 2nd - .517
3-Point Field Goals Made
Amber Tarr - 14th - 1.36
Plenette Pierson - 10th - 3.00
Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 7.82
#1 Courtney Pastner
#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
#10 Kristi Washington
#15 Aleah Johnson
#24 Katrisa O'Neal
#25 Keitha Dickerson
#32 Amber Tarr
#34 Tanisha Ellison
#50 Nikki Hendrix
#52 Alison Cudnoski
#54 Plenette Pierson
#55 Jamie Nagle
Official Gear of the