Jan. 6, 2000
Oklahoma Sooners (10-3/0-0 Big 12)
#13/13 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (11-1/0-1 Big 12)
January 8, 2000 - Norman, Okla. - 7 p.m.
Llyod Noble Center (11,100)
No. 13 Texas Tech will take on Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center. It will be the Lady Raiders' second Big 12 game, while marking the first conference contest for the Sooners. It will be the 19th meeting between the two schools.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns an 11-1 mark and 0-1 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 12.8 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 12.6, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.5 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 11.4. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.5 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 52 assists, while freshman Jamie Nagle owns a team-best five blocks and O'Neal has 43 steals.
The Lady Raiders are shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from the three-point arc and 59.8 percent from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Opponent
Oklahoma enters the game with a 10-3 record after beating North Texas, 86-63, last Wednesday. In that game, senior Phylesha Whaley led all players with 21 points, while junior Desiree Taylor added 15 and sophomores LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales each had 13 points. Freshman Caton Hill grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and junior Sunny Hardeman dished out six assists. OU shot 53.8 percent (28-52) from the field, 45.5 percent (5-11) from three-point range and 69.4 percent (25-36) from the line.
On the year, Whaley paces the Sooners in scoring with an 18.5 average, while three others are also averaging double figures: Caufield (13.4), Dales (12.1) and Hill (10.5). Whaley is the top rebounder with a 7.9 average per outing and Dales leads OU in assists with 86. Caufield has a team-high 34 steals and Hill and sophomore Jennifer Cunningham are the top shot blockers with six blocks apiece.
The Sooners are shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from the three-point line and 74 percent from the free throw line.
Sherri Coale is in her fourth season at the helm of the Sooners, establishing a 38-58 record.
Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (417-130, 18th season)
|Pos.||Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)||PPG||RPG||FG%||FT%|
|F-15||Aleah Johnson (6-1, Sr., Carrollton, Texas)||12.6||4.5||.477||.694|
|F-25||Keitha Dickerson (6-0, Sr., Elk City, Okla.)||12.5||10.5||.526||.588|
|C-54||Plenette Pierson (6-1, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)||12.8||6.8||.560||.583|
|G-3||Melinda Schmucker-Pharies (5-9, Sr., Nazareth, Texas)||5.8||2.8||.264||.524|
|G-24||Katrisa O'Neal (5-6, Jr., Plainview, Texas)||11.4||3.8||.368||.714|
Head Coach: Sherri Coale (38-58, fourth season)
|Pos.||Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)||PPG||RPG||FG%||FT%|
|F-20||LaNeishea Caufield (5-9, So., Ada, Okla.)||13.4||4.4||.486||.780|
|F-34||Phylesha Whaley (5-10, Sr., Slaton, Texas)||18.5||7.9||.505||.820|
|C-10||Caton Hill (6-1, Fr., Ada, Okla.)||10.5||6.8||.505||.667|
|G-13||Sunny Hardeman (5-7, Jr., Norman, Okla.)||6.2||2.1||.426||.900|
|G-21||Stacey Dales (6-0, So., Brockville, Ontario, Canada)||12.1||5.6||.446||.730|
It is the 19th meeting between Texas Tech and Oklahoma with Tech having a 16-2 advantage over OU and a 12-1 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. Last year, Tech won both meetings with a 93-69 win Jan. 6 in Lubbock and an 89-87 victory in Norman Jan. 27. The last time OU won was Dec. 11, 1982 in a 93-91 overtime triumph in Norman in Marsha Sharp's first season as head coach at Tech.
Last Year vs. Oklahoma
January 6, 1999 - Lubbock, Texas - Rene Hanebutt lit it up for the Lady Raiders as she scored 30 points, including a Tech single-game high of seven three-point baskets to give Tech a 93-69 victory. Angiel Braziel added 25 points and nine rebounds, while Cara Gibbs recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Stacey Dales led OU with 28 points, going 10-for-15 from the field. Tech shot 51.4 percent from the field to OU's 43.4 and outrebounded the Sooners 40-33. The Lady Raiders committed 14 turnovers while the Sooners had 22.
January 27, 1999 - Norman, Okla. - Angie Braziel's 30 points and eight rebounds led Tech to an 89-87 triumph over OU. Rene Hanebutt finished with 15 and Keitha Dickerson added 14. LeNeishea Caufield tallied 28 points for the Sooners. Tech shot 50.8 percent from the field, while OU shot 45.5 percent. The Sooners out rebounded the Lady Raiders 42-37. Tech committed just 12 turnovers to OU's 16.
A Look Back
Keitha Dickerson had 19 points and 12 rebounds in No. 13 Texas Tech's 63-54 victory over Santa Clara on Wednesday night.
Katrisa O'Neal added 18 points for the Lady Raiders, who overcame an 11-point second-half deficit.
Santa Clara had a 31-27 lead over Texas Tech at halftime and increased the lead until the Lady Raiders started chipping away.
The Lady Raiders tied the game 45-45 with just over seven minutes left.
Aleah Johnson's layup with 6:39 left allowed Tech to take control for the first time since the game's opening minutes.
Texas Tech shot just 36 percent from the field, compared to the Broncos' 56 percent. During the first half, the Broncos made 66 percent of their shots compared to the Raiders' 32 percent.
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 417-130 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 Jan. 3, Texas Tech is tied for first in scoring defense with Auburn at 51.0. Tech is also eighth in won-lost percentage (.909) and 19th in scoring margin (16.6).
Senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 22nd in rebounding with a 10.4 average and junior Katrisa O'Neal is 23rd in steals with a 3.5 average.
Dickerson Gets Eighth Double-Double
Senior Keitha Dickerson recorded her eighth double-double of the year vs. Santa Clara with 19 points and 12 rebounds. It marked the third straight game in which Dickerson has had a double-double. She has now had five double-doubles in the last six games On the year, she is averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Lady Raiders Force Record-Setting Turnovers
Texas Tech forced Santa Clara to commit 40 turnovers in the Lady Raiders' 63-54 victory Jan. 5, which set a school record. The previous record was 37 turnovers committed by North Texas on Nov. 19, 1979.
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 639 boards as she is averaging 10.4 rebounds a game. Standing in seventh is Stacey Siebert with 741.
Dickerson Snatches Career High
Keitha Dickerson recorded a career-high eight steals in the win over Santa Clara. The senior forward was just two steals shy of recording a triple-double as she had a season-high 19 points and 12 rebounds with her eight steals.
O'Neal Has Season-High Assists
Junior Katrisa O'Neal dished out a season-high eight assists in the victory over Santa Clara Jan. 5 and was just one assist short of tying her career high of nine. O'Neal's previous season high was five vs. Lamar Dec. 15.
Lowest Shooting of Season
Texas Tech's 23.8 percent from the field at Iowa State on Jan. 2 was the lowest 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.
Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 20-home game winning streak after its first three home games of the season. Tech's streak ranks them sixth among NCAA Division I home-court winning streaks. Grambling currently has the number one streak at 59 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 return 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.
Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule
|Jan. 8||Baylor at Missouri||FSN||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 8||Texas at Nebraska||FSN||3 p.m.|
|Jan. 12||Texas A&M at Oklahoma||FSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 15||Nebraska at Iowa State||FSN||3 p.m.|
|^Jan. 18||Missouri at Nebraska||NETTV&Mo.SN||7:05 p.m.|
Did you know that...
...there is a brother and sister who play Division I basketball and both play for teams that are ranked in the top 15. That's right, Lady Raider freshman Courtney Pastner and Arizona's senior guard Josh Pastner are brother and sister.
1999-2000 LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS
1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 11-1
Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 11, Johnson 9, Pierson 7, O'Neal 6, Ellison 2, Schmucker-Pharies 2, Nagle 1, Tarr 1
Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 8, Pierson 2, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 4, Johnson 3, O'Neal 3, Dickerson 1
Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 9, Pierson 3, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 6, Dickerson 4, O'Neal 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1
TECH FREE THROW SHOOTING IN FINAL 2 MINUTES
|TECH RECORD WHEN||Overall||Home||Away|
|Ahead at halftime:||8-0||5-0||3-0 |
|Behind at halftime:||3-1||1-0||2-1|
|Tied at halftime:||0-0||0-0||0-0 |
|Bench outscores opponents:||6-0||4-0||2-0|
|Shooting 50 percent or better:||3-1||2-0||1-1|
|Shooting under 50 percent:||8-0||4-0||4-0|
|Outrebounded by opponents:||3-1||1-0||2-1|
|Fewer turnovers than opponents:||10-1||6-0||4-1|
|More turnovers than opponents: ||1-0||0-0||1-0|
|Longest winning streak: 10|| Sundays: 1-1||Wednesdays: 4-0 |
|Longest losing streak: 1|| Mondays: 1-0||Thursdays: 0-0|
|Current streak: 1 win|| Tuesdays: 1-0|| ||Fridays: 2-0 |
Big 12 Standings (as of Jan. 6)
|Big 12 ||Overall|
|Iowa State ||2-0||10-2|
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
1999-00 National Women's Basketball
Division I Attendance Figures
(as of Jan. 3, 1999)
|SW Missouri St.||43,661/6||7,277|
|Keitha Dickerson - 16 points, 15 rebounds
|vs. Rice, Nov. 23|
|11 points, 11 rebounds|
|vs. Southwest Texas St., Nov. 26|
|11 points, 11 rebounds|
|vs. SMU, Dec. 4|
|11 points, 13 rebounds|
|vs. Lamar, Dec. 15|
|16 points, 14 rebounds|
|at South Florida, Dec. 17|
|11 points, 10 rebounds|
|at TCU, Dec. 22|
|10 points, 10 rebounds|
|at Iowa State, Jan. 2|
|19 points, 12 rebounds|
|vs. Santa Clara, Jan. 5|
|Plenette Pierson - 14 points, 10 rebounds|
|vs. Rice, Nov. 23|
|21 points, 10 rebounds|
|at USC, Nov. 29|
Schmucker-Pharies on the move
Dickerson climbing up the list
|1. 1,247||Carolyn Thompson (80-84)|
|2. 953||Alicia Thompson (94-98)|
|3. 927||Michi Atkins (92-96)|
|4. 924||Gwen McCray (79-83)|
|5. 887||Reena Lynch (86-90)|
|6. 746||Jill Owens (75-79)|
|7. 741||Stacey Siebert (86-90)|
|8. 639||Keitha Dickerson|
|9. 608||Teresa McMillian (88-92)|
Where the Lady Raiders Stand (as of games through Jan. 5)
Big 12 Team Stats
Scoring Offense - 11th - 63.5
Scoring Defense - 1st - 51.2
Scoring Margin - 4th - +16.0
Free Throw Pct. - 12th - .598
Field Goal Pct. -9th - .426
Field Goal Pct. Defense - 5th - .383
3-Point Field Goal Pct. - 10th - .298
3-Point Field Goal Pct. Defense - 3rd - .285
Rebounding Offense - 11th - 38.7
Rebounding Defense - 6th -35.3
Rebounding Margin - 7th - +3.3
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 9th - 0.88
Blocked Shots - 12th - 1.75
Assists - 9th - 15.75
Steals - 3rd - 11.42
Turnover Margin - 2nd - +7.50
Offensive Rebounds - 8th - 14.50
Defensive Rebounds - 10th - 24.17
3-Point Field Goals Made - 10th - 3.00
Big 12 Individual Stats (must appear in 75% of games)
Field Goal Percentage
3-Point Field Goal Percentage
Big 12 Women's Basketball Teleconferences
Through the work of Premiere Technologies, Inc. the Big 12 will host four regular season women's basketball teleconferences during the season. The briefings will feature seven minutes with each head coach and will take place on selected Tuesdays beginning at 10 a.m. central time.
The Big 12 Tournament teleconference will be conducted Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. and will feature all 12 head coaches previewing the league tournament. A fifth teleconference will be conducted on March 14, beginning at 10 a.m. central time, and will feature only the head coaches involved in post-season play.
Media wishing to dial into the conference call may contact (913) 981-5530. This number is for media use ONLY. You will be required to identify yourself with media affiliation when you access the call.
Women's basketball teleconferences are scheduled for Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 , March 3 and March 14. Following is a tentative schedule:
10:00 a.m. - Paul Sanderford, Nebraska
10:07 a.m. - Cindy Stein, Missouri
10:14 a.m. - Jody Conradt, Texas
10:21 a.m. - Sherri Coale, Oklahoma
10:28 a.m. - Marian Washington, Kansas
10:35 a.m. - Peggie Gillom, Texas A&M
10:42 a.m. - Sonja Hogg, Baylor
10:49 a.m. - Dick Halterman, Oklahoma State
10:56 a.m. - Deb Patterson, Kansas State
11:03 a.m. - Bill Fennelly, Iowa State
11:10 a.m. - Ceal Barry, Colorado
11:17 a.m. - Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech
Tanisha Ellison - TAH-nish-ah
Aleah Johnson - ah-LEE-ah
Katrisa O'Neal - ka-TREE-sa
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - SCHMICK-er - FAIR-us
Weekly Press Luncheon
Each Monday Marsha Sharp will conduct a weekly press luncheon in press conference room at the United Spirit Arena. Coach Sharp's press conference will begin promptly at 11 a.m. followed by coach James Dickey's at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow in the Athletic Dining Hall. The next press conference for coach Sharp will be Jan. 3.
#1 Courtney Pastner
Has played in nine games...scored career-high six points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 as she hit two three-point baskets...grabbed two rebounds and had a steal against SWT...scored five points vs. Lamar Dec. 15, while adding two assists...had a career-high two steals at Central Florida Dec. 19 and vs. Santa Clara Jan. 5...also had two assists at UCF.
#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
Has started all 12 games...leads the team in assists with 52...dished out 10 assists at TCU Dec. 22...scored a season-high 13 points vs. Lamar Dec. 15, also hit three three-pointers...scored 10 points, while hitting two three-point baskets at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored nine points vs. SMU Dec. 4...played all 45 minutes in win at USC Nov. 29... played all 40 minutes in the win over LSU Nov. 20...dished out a team-high 11 assists against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...had a season-high five steals against Rice Nov. 23.
#15 Aleah Johnson
Has started all 12 games...had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored a career-high 21 points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 in just 15 minutes of play...had a career-high seven assists vs. Lamar Dec. 15...scored 16 points against LSU Nov. 20...had 15 points against Rice Nov. 23...grabbed six rebounds vs. LSU...also had a block vs. LSU...scored 11 points at USC Nov. 29...had a career-high four steals at USC...had a season-high three assists against SMU Dec. 4 and at South Florida Dec. 17.
#24 Katrisa O'Neal
Has started all 12 games...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 a season-high 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.
#25 Keitha Dickerson
Has started all 12 games...has recorded eight double-doubles this season...scored a season-high 16 points while grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds against Rice Nov. 23...had 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. SMU Dec. 4...had 11 points and 13 rebounds vs. Lamar Dec. 15...matched season-high 16 points and had 14 rebounds at South Florida Dec. 17...scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds at TCU Dec. 22...had 10 points and 10 rebounds at Iowa State Jan. 2...scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Santa Clara Jan. 5, while getting a career-high eight steals...scored 14 points at New Mexico Dec. 8...matched a career-high six assists vs. SMU...had a block against SMU.
#32 Amber Tarr
Has played in all 12 games...had a career high 12 points, hitting a career-high four three-pointers at TCU Dec. 22...scored eight points, while hitting two three-pointers and recorded her first block of her career...scored six points vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and at South Florida Dec. 17...hit two three-pointers vs. Lamar and at USF, while tying her career-high four rebounds vs. Lamar...scored six points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...has hit one three-point basket in games against LSU Nov. 20 and SWT...dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Southwest Texas State...had two steals vs. LSU and Santa Clara Jan. 5.
#34 Tanisha Ellison
Has played in all 12 games...scored a career-high 12 points in the victory over Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...also grabbed a career-high six rebounds vs. SWT...scored 10 points in 14 minutes vs. SMU Dec. 4...had a block against SMU and Lamar on Dec. 15...had an assist against SWT, SMU and Lamar...recorded a steal vs. LSU Nov. 20, at USC Nov. 29, vs. Lamar and South Florida Dec. 17.
#50 Nikki Hendrix
Made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...has played in three games...scored four points and grabbed three rebounds...also had a block vs. SWT...made an appearance vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and recorded an assist...hit a three-pointer in win at Central Florida Dec. 19.
#54 Plenette Pierson
Has started all 12 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in seven games...named Big 12 Rookie of the Week Dec. 6...scored a career-high 21 points at USC Nov. 29 and tied her career high of 10 rebounds in her second double-double...scored 21 points again vs. SMU Dec. 4 and Lamar Dec. 15...scored 20 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...scored 15 points, 13 in the second half at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored 14 points against Rice Nov. 23...had 12 points in collegiate debut against LSU Nov. 20...recorded a double-double against Rice with 14 points and 10 rebounds...had two steals against SWT...has four blocks on the year...dished out a career-high two assists at Central Florida Dec. 19...matched her career-high 10 rebounds at TCU Dec. 22.
#55 Jamie Nagle
Has played in five games...made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...came off the bench and scored 12 points vs. SWT in 18 minutes of action...also had three blocked shots, six boards and an assist vs. SWT...scored three points against SMU Dec. 4...had an assist vs. SMU...had career-high two assists at Central Florida Dec. 19.