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Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game.

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Jan. 14, 2000

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LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 14/16 Texas Tech will play Oklahoma State in a Big 12 contest at noon in the United Spirit Arena. It will be the 20th meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 12-2 mark and 1-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.6 average followed by senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.6, senior Aleah Johnson at 12.3 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 11.9. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.2 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 62 assists, while Pierson and freshman Jamie Nagle own a team-best five blocks and O'Neal has 49 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 29.1 percent from the three-point arc and 60.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Oklahoma State enters the game with a 10-4 overall record and 2-0 in the Big 12 after beating Texas, 71-69, last Wednesday. In that game, senior Jennifer Crow had a game-high 27 points. Also scoring in double figures was sophomore Mandy Stuber (13), freshman Chantoya Hawkins (11) and junior Toya Releford (10). Releford and junior Devon Magness each had a game-high nine rebounds, while three players had three assists apiece. OSU shot 48.2 percent (27-56) from the field, 31.3 percent (5-16) from three-point range and 63.2 percent (12-19) from the free throw line.

On the year, Crow paces the Cowgirls in scoring with a 21.3 average followed by junior Tari Cummings at 17.9, who is out for six weeks with a lateral meniscus tear, and Hawkins at 10.9. Cummings was the top rebounder at 9.4, while sophomore Kara Faulk is averaging 7.8 boards per outing. Crow has a team-high 66 assists, while Cummings has a team-high six blocks. Four other players have four blocks apiece. Hawkins has a team-high 35 steals.

OSU is shooting 42.1percent from the field, 30.5 percent from the three-point arc and 74.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Dick Halterman is in his 17th season at the helm of the Cowgirls, establishing a record of 297-191 while having a career record of 546-225 in his 26th year of coaching.

Series Record
It is the 20th meeting between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State with OSU holding a 10-9 advantage, while Tech is 8-7 in the Marsha Sharp era. Last year, the Lady Raiders won both games, 79-68, in Stillwater, Okla., Jan. 16 and again in Lubbock, 73-58, Feb. 17. The last time the Cowgirls were victorious was Jan. 11, 1997 in a 63-49 triumph in Lubbock, which was the last time Tech lost a home Big 12 game.

Oklahoma State Cowgirls (10-4/2-0 Big 12) vs.
#14/16 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (12-2/1-2 Big 12)

January 15, 2000 - Lubbock, Texas - Noon
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (418-131, 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.)12.610.2.522.576
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)

Oklahoma State Cowgirls
Head Coach: Dick Halterman (297-191, 17th season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-00Toya Releford (5-10, Jr., Roland, Okla.)
F-20Shelby Hutchens (5-10, Fr., Stillwater, Okla.)
C-45Devon Magness (6-7, Jr., Purcell, Okla.)
G-32Chantoya Hawkins (5-5, Fr., Raytown, Mo.)
G-34Jennifer Crow (5-9, Sr., Corn, Okla.)

Last Year vs. Oklahoma State

January 16, 1999 - Stillwater, Okla. - Angie Braziel scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds in leading Tech to a 79-68 victory over OSU. Rene Hanebutt added 19 points and five rebounds, while Julie Lake had 15 points and Melinda Schmucker finished with 10. Jennifer Crow led the Cowgirls with 24 points. The Lady Raiders shot 49.1 percent from the field to OSU's 50 percent. OSU outrebounded Tech 26-32 and TTU committed 16 turnovers to the Cowgirls' 26.

February 17, 1999 - Lubbock, Texas. - Angie Braziel again paced the Lady Raiders as she recorded a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-58 triumph over Oklahoma State. Rene Hanebutt added 19 points, hitting five three-point baskets. Jennifer Crow scored 16 points for OSU. Tech shot 48.3 percent from the field and OSU shot 41.8 percent. Tech outrebounded OSU 35-32, while committing 18 turnovers to the Cowgirls' 24.

A Look Back
Freshman Plenette Pierson scored a career-high 22 points and had five rebounds to lead No. 14 Texas Tech to a 75-50 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.

Senior Keitha Dickerson added 15 points, and junior Katrisa O'Neal 14 for the Lady Raiders

Texas Tech quickly gained a lead and never trailed Colorado. The Buffaloes trailed the Lady Raiders 39-20 at halftime.

Kami Carmann led Colorado's scoring with 12 points, and Mandy Nightingale added 10.

The Buffaloes shot at 39.7 percent, while the Lady Raiders hit 48.5 percent of their attempts.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 418-131 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. 10, Texas Tech is seventh in scoring defense at 53.6. Tech is also 17th in won-lost percentage (.846).

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 18th in steals with a 3.6 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 24th in rebounding with a 10.3 average.

24 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 24-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 24-1 record in Big 12 games played in Lubbock. The last time and the only Big 12 home loss came against Oklahoma State in a 78-56 loss Jan. 8, 1997.

Pierson Scores Career High
Freshman Plenette Pierson scored a career-high 22 points in the Lady Raiders' victory over Colorado Jan. 12. Her previous career high was 21 points, which she had scored three times this season.

Season Low TOs
Texas Tech's nine turnovers against Colorado Jan. 12 was a season low. The school record for fewest turnovers in a game is five, set back on Jan. 31, 1983 against Texas A&M.

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.

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.

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 656 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.

Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 21-home game winning streak after its first three home games of the season. Tech's streak ranks them tied for fourth among NCAA Division I home-court winning streaks. Grambling currently has the number one streak at 61 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
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. 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: 12-2

    Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 13, Johnson 10, Pierson 9, O'Neal 8, Schmucker-Pharies 4, Ellison 2, Nagle 1, Tarr 1

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

    Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 5, O'Neal 4, Johnson 3, Dickerson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 11, Pierson 3, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 7, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1

    Big12 Standings
    (as of games through Jan. 12)

    Big 12 Overall
    Iowa State 3-011-2
    Oklahoma State2-010-4
    Texas Tech1-212-2
    Texas A&M1-29-4
    Kansas State1-28-8

    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.

    Where the Lady Raiders Stand
    (as of games through Jan. 12)

    Big 12 Team Stats
    Scoring Offense9th68.4
    Scoring Defense1st53.4
    Scoring Margin3rd+15.1
    Free Throw Pct.12th.604
    Field Goal Pct.8th.431
    Field Goal Pct. Defense7th.398
    3-Point Field Goal Pct.9th.291
    3-Point Field Goal Pct. Defense2nd.265
    Rebounding Offense12th37.5
    Rebounding Defense4th35.4
    Rebounding Margin8th+2.1
    Assist/Turnover Ratio6th0.94
    Blocked Shots11th1.86
    Turnover Margin2nd+7.54
    Offensive Rebounds9th14.36
    Defensive Rebounds12th23.14
    3-Point Field Goals Made11th2.93

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

    Plenette Pierson16th13.6
    Keitha Dickerson1st10.2
    Assist/Turnover Ratio
    Melinda Schmucker-Pharies1st1.94
    Field Goal Percentage
    Plenette Pierson6th.570
    Keitha Dickerson12th.522
    Melinda Schmucker-Pharies8th4.43
    Katrisa O'Neal12th3.86
    Katrisa O'Neal1st3.50
    Keitha Dickerson4th2.71
    3-Point Field Goal Percentage
    Amber Tarr4th.429
    Offensive Rebounds
    Keitha Dickerson14th2.85
    Defensive Rebounds
    Keitha Dickerson1st7.50

    #1 Courtney Pastner
    Has played in 10 games...scored career-high six points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 as she hit two three-point baskets...had a career-high three rebounds vs. Colorado Jan. 12...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 14 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 14 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...had a career-high two blocks vs. Colorado Jan. 12.

    #24 Katrisa O'Neal
    Has started all 13 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 14 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 and Colorado Jan. 12.

    #32 Amber Tarr
    Has played in all 14 games...had a career high 12 points, hitting a career-high four three-pointers at TCU Dec. 22...had a career-high five rebounds vs. Colorado Jan. 12...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 getting 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 14 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 four 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 14 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in nine games...named Big 12 Rookie of the Week Dec. 6...scored a career-high 22 points vs. Colorado Jan. 12...also had a career-high three steals while tying her career high of one block vs. Colorado...scored 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 five 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 six 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.



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