Jan. 9, 2001
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#23 Baylor Lady Bears (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) vs.
#9/11 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (11-2, 2-0 Big 12)
January 10, 2001 @ 7 p.m.
Lubbock, Texas -- United Spirit Arena (15,050)
No. 9/11 Texas Tech (11-2/2-0) takes on Baylor (13-0/2-0) tonight at 7 p.m. at United Spirit Arena. It is the 48th meeting between the two teams.
Scouting the Opponent
Baylor enters the game with a 13-0 overall record and 2-0 in the Big 12 after winning at Kansas, 85-80, last Saturday. In that game, junior Sheila Lambert scored a career-high 37 points while adding 10 assists. Junior Danielle Crockrom added 23 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Chanelle Fox grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
On the year, Lambert paces the Lady Bears in scoring with a 24.5 average followed by Crockrom at 21.5 and senior Monica Arnold at 11.1. Crockrom is the top rebounder, averaging 12.8 boards a game. Lambert has team highs of 79 assists and 51 steals. Arnold is the top shot blocker with 21 blocks on the year. Baylor is shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 28 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent from the free throw line.
Kim Mulkey-Robertson is in her first year at Baylor and her first year as a head coach, establishing a record of 13-0.
It is the 48th meeting between Texas Tech and Baylor as Tech has won the last 37 games, including the forfeit in the during the 1989 season which does not count towards the record. The Lady Raiders hold a 39-8 advantage over the Lady Bears. Tech won both games last season: 65-49 in Waco, Feb. 2, 2000 and 105-52 in Lubbock, Feb. 29, 2000. The last time Baylor was victorious was March 11, 1983 in a 62-56 triumph.
Last Time vs. Baylor
Feb. 29, 2000 - Texas Tech captured its third straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title with a 105-52 victory over Baylor.
Aleah Johnson scored 22 points to lead the Lady Raiders. Plenette Pierson added 16 points, Tanisha Ellison 14, Keitha Dickerson and Amber Tarr 13 each and Katrisa O'Neal 10 for Texas Tech, who led 50-21 at halftime.
Monica Arnold led Baylor with nine points.
A Win Tonight Would...
...give Tech a 12-2 overall record and a 3-0 mark in the Big 12.
...be the 38th straight victory over Baylor (including 1989 forfeit).
...be the 38th-straight home win.
...be the 33rd-straight home Big 12 win.
...mark the third time in five seasons that Tech has started off Big 12 play with a 3-0 record. Also did it in 1998 and 1999.
...give Marsha Sharp her 446th career victory.
A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will 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. The Nebraska game will be televised locally in Lubbock on KCBD Channel 11. The Lady Raiders will then return home to face Oklahoma State Jan. 21 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 445-136 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) - Katrisa O'Neal scored a game-high 23 points as the No. 12 Lady Raiders beat Oklahoma State 67-55 in a Big 12 Conference game Saturday night.
The Lady Raiders shot 49 percent overall and 76.2 percent in the second half, while the Cowgirls shot just 32.7 percent for the game.
Texas Tech (11-2, 2-0) charged to an 11-2 lead early in first half. Oklahoma State tied the game at 19 and took its first lead on a steal and layup by Machell Roberts, who finished with 13 points.
Oklahoma State (8-5, 0-2) capitalized on 12 Texas Tech turnovers and shot 10-for-15 from the line on the way to a 29-22 halftime lead.
Texas Tech scored the first seven points of the second half, tying the 29 at 15:39. The Lady Raiders took the lead for good, 45-44, with 9:15 remaining and closed out the victory with a 22-11 run.
Home Court Streak
Texas Tech has the longest current home-court winning streak in Division I women's basketball. Tech has won 37 straight home games. Kent is in second with 36. Grambling did have the longest home-court winning streak of 68 games but lost to Southern University, 80-70, Jan. 6. Tennessee holds the record for most consecutive home wins with 69. Auburn and Grambling are second with 68 straight home wins.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by senior Katrisa O'Neal, who is averaging 13.5 points per game. Sophomore Plenette Pierson is averaging 13.1 points per outing, while freshman Jia Perkins and junior Amber Tarr are averaging 11.7 and 10.5, respectively. Junior Tanisha Ellison is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.0 boards a game followed by Pierson at 6.5 and freshman Dionne Brown at 5.3. Brown has a team-high 69.8 field goal percentage, while junior Candi White is shooting 51.2 percent and Tarr at 49.5 percent. Perkins has team highs of 55 assists and 36 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 14 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.
"T-Bird" Flies High
Junior Tanisha Ellison was flying high in the win at Oklahoma State Jan. 6 as she recorded a career-high 15 rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Her previous career high was 11, which she had done three times in her career at Texas Tech.
Spark Plug = O'Neal
Senior Katrisa O'Neal was the spark plug that the Lady Raiders needed to defeat Oklahoma State Jan. 6. After the Lady Raider shot just 28.6 percent in the first half, O'Neal came out in the second half and hit 7-of-8 shots from the field and 3-of-5 from the line en route to a game-high 23 points. O'Neal finished the game 9-of-13 from the field and 3-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Tarr at Home in Gallagher-Iba
Junior Amber Tarr likes the confines of Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State as she finished with another fine performance there for the second-straight year. On Jan. 6, Tarr hit 4-of-6 three-pointers and went 5-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free throw line to score 17 points in 32 minutes. Last year, she scored a then career-high 22 points and sank a career-high six three-point baskets.
Texas Tech got the wake-up call it needed to win at Oklahoma State Jan. 6. The Lady Raiders were down seven points at the half after shooting just 28.6 percent from the field, hitting 8-of-28 shots. But in the second half, Tech got back on track as it shot 76.2 percent from the field, connecting on 16-of-21 shot attempts.
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.
No Place Like Home
Texas Tech has won 32-straight Big 12 games dating back to Jan. 15, 1997. The last time and only time the Lady Raiders have lost a Big 12 contest at home was on Jan. 8, 1997 to Oklahoma State, 78-56.
Ellison Has Elite Outing
Junior Tanisha Ellison was hard to stopin Tech's 82-64 win over Missouri Jan. 6. The center from Houston recorded her second career double-double and first of the season with a career-high 15 points and matching her then 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 in her first game back.
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.
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.
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 296. She needs seven steals to tie Camille Franklin for first on the list with 303 steals.
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 164 weeks. That includes the Jan. 8 rankings of ninth by USA Today/ESPN poll and 11th by the AP.
Did You Know...
...that Tech has two players whose fathers played in the NFL - freshman Jia Perkins' dad, Johnny Perkins, played for the New York Giants and freshman Jolee Ayers' dad, the late John Ayers, played for the San Francisco 49ers.
...that Tech has signed four players to National Letters of Intent to play at Texas Tech next year: Jametra Clark (Hale Center), La'Tosha Daniels (Fort Worth), Cisti Greenwalt (Clovis, N.M.) and Kari Jo Simmons (Lubbock).
...that all 12 players hail from the state of Texas.