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Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and Texas Tech take on Colorado at home Wednesday.

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and Texas Tech take on Colorado at home Wednesday.
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Jan. 11, 2000

LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 14/16 Texas Tech will play Colorado in a Big 12 contest at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena. It will be the Lady Raiders' first Big 12 home game. It will also be the ninth meeting between the two schools.

Colorado Buffaloes (5-7/0-1 Big 12) vs.
#14/16 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (11-2/0-2 Big 12)

January 12, 2000 - Lubbock, Texas - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns an 11-2 mark and 0-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.0 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 12.8, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.4 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 11.8. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.3 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 56 assists, while freshman Jamie Nagle owns a team-best five blocks and O'Neal has 47 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 30 percent from the three-point arc and 60.2 percent from the charity stripe.

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (417-131, 18th season)
Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-15Aleah Johnson (6-1, Sr., Carrollton, Texas)
F-25Keitha Dickerson (6-0, Sr., Elk City, Okla.)12.410.3.508.574
C-54Plenette Pierson (6-1, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)
G-3Melinda Schmucker-Pharies (5-9, Sr., Nazareth, Texas)
G-24Katrisa O'Neal (5-6, Jr., Plainview, Texas)

Top Reserves

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
G-32Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas)
C-34Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas)
G-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)

Colorado Buffaloes
Head Coach: Ceal Barry (321-176, 17th season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-22Sabrina Scott (6-2, Fr., Lake Oswego, Ore.)
F-55Kami Carmann (6-3, Jr., Littleton, Colo.)
C-00Britt Hartshorn (6-4, So., Lamar, Colo.)
G-21Jenny Roulier (5-8, So., Englewood, Colo.)
G-32Mandy Nightingale (5-6, So., Sapulpa, Okla.)

Scouting the Opponent
Colorado enters the game with a 5-7 record and 0-1 in Big 12 play after losing to No. 10 Iowa State, 83-68, in Boulder, Colo., last Saturday. In that game, sophomore Britt Hartshorn led all players with 21 points followed by freshman Sabrina Scott with 17. Junior Kami Carmann had a team-high nine rebounds, while sophomore Mandy Nightingale dished out a team-high seven assists. CU shot 35.4 percent (23-65) from the field, 20.8 percent (5-24) from three-point range and 73.9 percent (17-23) from the free throw line.

On the year, sophomore Jenny Roulier paces the Buffaloes in scoring with a 14.8 average, while Hartshorn is the only other player averaging double figures at 14.6. Hartshorn is the top rebounder with an 8.8 average per outing and Nightingale leads CU in assists with 67. Roulier also has a team-high 24 steals and Hartshorn is the top shot blocker with 22.

The Buffaloes are shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from the three-point arc and 69.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Ceal Barry is in her 17th season at the helm of CU, establishing a 321-176 record.

Series Record
It is the ninth meeting between Texas Tech and Colorado with Tech having a 6-2 advantage over CU and a 6-1 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. Last year, Tech won meetings with an 83-71 win Feb. 24 in Boulder, Colo. The last time Colorado won was Jan. 11, 1997 in a 69-43 triumph in Boulder.

Last Year vs. Colorado

February 24, 1999 - Boulder, Colo. - Rene Hanebutt scored 27 points, including five three-point baskets and grabbed eight rebounds to led the Lady Raiders to an 83-71 victory over Colorado. Melinda Schmucker added 13 points and Angie Braziel finished with 12. Keitha Dickerson had a game-high 10 rebounds. Nikki Weddle led Colorado with 16 points. Tech shot 44.4 percent from the field to CU's 49.1 percent. Tech outrebounded the Buffaloes 36-33.

A Look Back
Phylesha Whaley scored 25 points to led Oklahoma to an 82-76 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech on last Saturday.

Texas Tech had five players in double digits, led by Katrisa O'Neal's 16 points. Aleah Johnson and Plenette Pierson each had 15, Melinda Pharies 13 and Keitha Dickerson 11.

Texas Tech shot only 33.3 percent of its shots in the first half, but improved to 54.5 percent in the second half to finish 43.9 percent for the game.

Whaley was 8-for-12 from the field and 9-for-11from the foul line to lead the Sooners, who shot 60.9 percent from the field as a team.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 417-131 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.

NCAA Stats
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.

Five in Double Digits
In the loss at Oklahoma Jan. 8, the Lady Raiders had all five starters score in double figures led by junior Katrisa O'Neal with 16 followed by senior Aleah Johnson and freshman Plenette Pierson with 15 each, senior Melinda Schumucker-Pharies with 13 and senior Keitha Dickerson with 11.

Big12 Standings
(as of games through Jan. 9 )

Big 12 Overall
Iowa State 3-011-2
Oklahoma State1-09-4
Texas A&M1-19-3
Texas Tech0-211-2
Kansas State0-27-8

Poll Position
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 14th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and 16th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the week of Jan. 9.

1999-00 National Women's Basketball
Division I Attendance Figures

(as of Jan. 9, 2000)

Texas Tech71,419/611,903
Iowa State58,207/69,701
New Mexico68,183/97,576
SW Missouri St.51,574/77,368
Ohio State47,256/76,751

Starters Going the Distance
All five starters on Tech's team played at least 30 minutes of game at Oklahoma. Senior Melinda Schumucker-Pharies played all but nine seconds as she fouled out at the end of the game. Junior Katrisa O'Neal saw 38 minutes of action, while senior Aleah Johnson played 37 minutes, senior Keitha Dickerson 35 and freshman Plenette Pieson 30 minutes.

Pierson Back on Track
After only scoring, 30 points in the last five games, freshman Plenette Pierson again scored in double figures with 15 points in the loss at Oklahoma Jan. 8. Pierson started the season scoring in double figures in the first seven games, including four 20-plus point games. After that, she had not scored double digits until the Oklahoma game.

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 647 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.

Sellout Crowd
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 seventh largest crowd this year in Division I basketball as of Jan. 11.

A Look Ahead
Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena for Jan. 15 vs. Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. The Lady Raiders will then travel to Kansas State Jan. 18 for a 7 p.m. contest before returning home to host Kansas on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. on FOX Sports Net.

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 145 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 14th by the USA Today and 16th by the AP.

Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule

Jan. 12Texas A&M at OklahomaFSN7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15Nebraska at Iowa StateFSN3 p.m.
^Jan. 18Missouri at NebraskaNETTV&Mo.SN7:05 p.m.
Jan. 22Kansas at Texas TechFSN3 p.m.
Jan. 22Texas A&M at NebraskaNETV7:05 p.m.
Jan. 23*North Carolina at Iowa Stateespn2Noon
Jan. 23*North Carolina State at Texasespn22 p.m.

*Big 12/ACC Challenge

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 20. That's right, Lady Raider freshman Courtney Pastner and Arizona's senior guard Josh Pastner are brother and sister.


    Starting Lineups
    1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 11-2

    Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 12, Johnson 10, Pierson 8, O'Neal 7, Schmucker-Pharies 3, Ellison 2, Nagle 1, Tarr 1

    Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 8, Pierson 2, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Scoring: O'Neal 4, Pierson 4, Johnson 3, Dickerson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 10, Pierson 3, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 6, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1

    #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 13 games...leads the team in assists with 56...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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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.


    TECH TOTALS26-41.634

    TECH RECORD WHENOverallHomeAway
    Ahead at halftime:8-05-03-0
    Behind at halftime:3-21-02-2
    Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
    Bench outscores opponents:6-04-02-0
    Shooting 50 percent or better:3-12-01-1
    Shooting under 50 percent:8-14-04-1
    Outshooting opponents:8-04-04-0
    Outrebounding opponents:8-05-03-0
    Outrebounded by opponents:3-21-02-2
    Fewer turnovers than opponents:10-26-04-2
    More turnovers than opponents: 1-00-01-0

    Longest winning streak: 10Sundays: 1-1Wednesdays: 4-0
    Longest losing streak: 1Mondays: 1-0Thursdays: 0-0
    Current streak: 1 lossTuesdays: 1-0Fridays: 2-0Saturdays: 2-1

    1999-00 Double-Doubles

    Keitha Dickerson16 points, 15 reboundsvs. Rice, Nov. 23
    11 points, 11 reboundsvs. Southwest Texas St., Nov. 26
    11 points, 11 reboundsvs. SMU, Dec. 4
    11 points, 13 reboundsvs. Lamar, Dec. 15
    16 points, 14 reboundsat South Florida, Dec. 17
    11 points, 10 reboundsat TCU, Dec. 22
    10 points, 10 reboundsat Iowa State, Jan. 2
    19 points, 12 reboundsvs. Santa Clara, Jan. 5
    Plenette Pierson14 points, 10 reboundsvs. Rice, Nov. 23
    21 points, 10 reboundsat USC, Nov. 29
    Aleah Johnson14 points, 14 reboundsat New Mexico, Dec. 8

    Career Assists
    Schmucker-Pharies on the move

    1. 553Krista Kirkland (89-93)
    2. 482Camille Franklin (82-86)
    3. 472Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
    4. 441Julie Lake (95-99)

    Career Rebounds
    Dickerson climbing up the list

    1. 1,247Carolyn Thompson (80-84)
    2. 953Alicia Thompson (94-98)
    3. 927Michi Atkins (92-96)
    4. 924Gwen McCray (79-83)
    5. 887Reena Lynch (86-90)
    6. 746Jill Owens (75-79)
    7. 741Stacey Siebert (86-90)
    8. 647Keitha Dickerson
    9. 608Teresa McMillian (88-92)

    Where the Lady Raiders Stand
    (as of games through Jan. 9)

    Big 12 Team Stats

    Scoring Offense 10th 67.9
    Scoring Defense 1st 53.6
    Scoring Margin 3rd +14.3
    Free Throw Pct. 12th .602
    Field Goal Pct. 9th .427
    Field Goal Pct. Defense 7th .398
    3 Point Field Goal Pct. 10th .300
    3 Point Field Goal Pct. Defense 3rd .275
    Rebounding Offense 12th 37.8
    Rebounding Defense 4th 35.2
    Rebounding Margin 7th +2.7
    Assist/Turnover Ratio 8th 0.89
    Blocked Shots 12th 1.62
    Assists 9th 15.77
    Steals 3rd 11.38
    Turnover Margin 2nd +7.54
    Offensive Rebounds 8th 14.62
    Defensive Rebounds 12th 23.23
    3 Point Field Goals Made 11th 3.00

    Big 12 Individual Stats
    (must appear in 75% of games)

    Plenette Pierson 21st 13.0
    Aleah Johnson 23rd 12.8
    Keitha Dickerson 27th 12.4
    Keitha Dickerson 1st 10.3
    Assist/Turnover Ratio
    Melinda Schmucker-Pharies 2nd 1.87
    Katrisa O'Neal 15th 1.20
    Field Goal Percentage
    Plenette Pierson 8th .563
    Melinda Schmucker-Pharies 8th 4.31
    Katrisa O'Neal 14th 3.77
    Katrisa O'Neal 1st 3.62
    3 Point Field Goal Percentage
    Amber Tarr 2nd .455
    3 Point Field Goals Made
    Melinda Schmucker-Pharies 15th 1.23
    Offensive Rebounds
    Keitha Dickerson 14th 2.85
    Defensive Rebounds
    Keitha Dickerson 1st 7.46



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