Jan. 4, 2001
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Scouting the Opponent
Oklahoma State enters the game with an 8-4 overall record and 0-1 in the Big 12 after losing at Baylor, 81-69, last Wednesday. In that game, junior Kara Faulk scored a team-high 16 points, while junior Jessica Spinner added 13 and junior Jessica Bates and sophomore Chantoya Hawkins each chipped in 10. Faulk also had a game-high eight rebounds. Junior Machell Roberts led the Cowgirls in assists (4) and steals (3).
On the year, Faulk paces OSU in scoring with a 10.5 average followed by Bates at 9.4. Faulk is also the top rebounder, averaging 7.9 boards per game. Sophomore Shelby Hutchens has team highs of 37 assists and 17 steals. Bates is the top shot blocker with six blocks. The Cowgirls are shooting 37.9 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from three-point range and 68.2 percent from the free throw line.
Dick Halterman is in his 18th season at the helm of the Cowgirls, establishing a record 309-207. He is also in his 27th year as a head coach with a record of 558-241.
The series is tied 10-10 after Texas Tech won the both games last year. Tech was victorious, 76-51, in Lubbock on Jan. 15, 2000 and then again in Stillwater, Okla., 83-75, Feb. 26.
Last Time vs. Oklahoma State
Feb. 26, 2000 - Amber Tarr scored a then career-high 22 points, including a career-high six three-point baskets as No. 7 Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State, 83-75.
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies added a season-high 18 points, just one point shy of her career high of 10, for Texas Tech. Aleah Johnson had 17 and Keitha Dickerson had 12 rebounds for the Lady Raiders, while Plenette Pierson chipped in 12 points.
Jennifer Crow led OSU with 21 points and Jessica Bates had 19.
Texas Tech, down 38-33 at the half, outscored Oklahoma State 50-37 in the second half.
A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will return home for a game with Baylor on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders 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 444-136 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) - Amber Tarr scored 16 points and was one of five Texas Tech players in double figures as the No. 13 Lady Raiders beat Missouri 82-64 in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Tanisha Ellison added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Texas Tech (10-2). Jia Perkins scored 14, and Plenette Pierson and Katrisa O'Neal each added 10.
Amanda Lassiter, Missouri's leading scorer, managed four points in the first half and finished with 21. Terianne Wolford added 13 for the Tigers (9-3), and Marlena Williams had 12.
Texas Tech led 41-27 at halftime and built a 21-point lead, 60-39, with 11:39 remaining.
Lassiter scored eight points and Natalie Bright added five as Missouri closed with 10 points with three minutes remaining. But the Tigers were unable to get any closer.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson, who is averaging 13.8 points per game. Senior Katrisa O'Neal and freshman Jia Perkins are both averaging 12.7 points. Pierson is the top rebounder, averaging 6.5 boards per outing followed by junior Tanisha Ellison with 6.3 rebounds and freshman Dionne Brown at 5.6. Brown has a team-high 68.4 field goal percentage, while junior Candi White is shooting 51.4 percent and Tarr at 48.8 percent. Perkins has team highs of 51 assists and 353 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 12 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three-point range and 67.7 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, who are now 4-1 in Big 12 openers, opened the Big 12 season at home as they defeated Missouri 82-64 Jan. 3. 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.
Ellison Has Elite Outing
Junior Tanisha Ellison was hard to stop last Wednesday night in Tech's 82-64 win over Missouri. The center from Houston recorded her second career double-double and first of the season with a career-high 15 points and matching her career-high 11 rebounds. Ellison also added a career-high four steals. She was 4-for-4 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line in 32 minutes of play.
Five in Double Digits
In Tech's win over Missouri Jan. 3, the Lady Raiders had five players score in double figures led by junior Amber Tarr with 16 points. Junior Tanisha Ellison added 15 points followed by freshman Jia Perkins with 14 and senior Katrisa O'Neal and sophomore Plenette Pierson with 10 points apiece.
Season High from the Charity Stripe
Texas Tech shot a season-high 83.3 percent from the free throw line against Missouri Jan. 3. The Lady Raiders made a season-high 25 free throws on 30 attempts.
Freshman Dionne Brown has been cleared by the doctors and returned to action against Missouri Jan. 3. She saw 11 minutes of action and finished with four points and four rebounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Katrisa O'Neal ranks second on Tech's all-time career list for steals with 291. She needs nine 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 37 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.