Jan. 16, 2000
Kansas State Wildcats (9-8, 2-2 Big 12)
vs. #14/16 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (13-2/2-2 Big 12)
January 18, 2000 7 p.m.
Manhattan, Kan. Bramlage Coliseum (13,500)
No. 14/16 Texas Tech will play at Kansas State in a Big 12 contest Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. It will be the seventh meeting between the two schools.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 13-2 mark and 2-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.7 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 12.7, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.3 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 12.0. 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 69 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best eight blocks and O'Neal has 55 steals.
The Lady Raiders are shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from the three-point arc and 61.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Opponent
Kansas State enters the game with a 9-8 record and a 2-2 mark in Big 12 play after beating Texas A&M last Saturday in College Station, Texas. In that game, senior Nicky Ramage led all players with 23 points, while senior Angie Finkes added 16 and junior Kim Woodlee finished with 12. Woodlee and sophomore Kristin Rethman each had a team-high seven rebounds. KSU shot 49 percent (25-51) from the field, 50 percent (7-14) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the charity stripe.
On the year, Finkes paces the Wildcats in scoring with a 14.6 average, while Ramage is averaging 13.8 points a game and Woodlee 10.2 points. Finkes is also the top rebounder with a 6.9 average and Rethman has a team-high 60 assists. Senior Olga Firsova leads the team in blocks with 27.
The Wildcats are shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from the three-point arc and 67 percent from the free throw line.
Deb Patterson is in her fourth season at the helm of KSU, establishing a 55-51 record.
It seventh meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas State with Tech holding a 4-2 advantage and a 4-1 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. Last year, the Lady Raiders were victorious, 73-60, Jan. 9 in Lubbock and again at the Big 12 Tournament, 74-55, March 3 in Kansas City, Mo. The last time the Wildcats won was March 3, 1997 in a 76-68 triumph at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.
Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (419-131, 18th season)
Pos. Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown) PPG RPG FG% FT%
F-15 Aleah Johnson (6-1, Sr., Carrollton, Texas) 12.7 4.7 .472 .755
F-25 Keitha Dickerson (6-0, Sr., Elk City, Okla.) 12.3 10.3 .518 .600
C-54 Plenette Pierson (6-1, Fr., Kingwood, Texas) 13.7 6.6 .549 .575
G-3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies (5-9, Sr., Nazareth, Texas) 6.7 2.8 .315 .524
G-24 Katrisa O'Neal (5-6, Jr., Plainview, Texas) 12.0 3.6 .372 .694
G-32 Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas) 4.5 2.0 .369 .200
C-34 Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas) 3.5 2.7 .475 .609
G-1 Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas) 1.3 0.8 .278 .000
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (55-51, fourth season)
Pos. Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown) PPG RPG FG% FT%
F-12 Kristin Rethman (5-9, So., Corning, Kan.) 8.6 4.5 .407 .867
F-45 Nicky Ramage (6-1, Sr., Little River, Kan.) 13.8 6.0 .577 .711
C-42 Angie Finkes (6-1, Sr., Springfield, Ohio) 14.6 6.9 .500 .597
G-14 April Sailors (5-5, Jr., South Sioux City, Neb.) 6.7 2.5 .294 .733
G-21 Kim Woodlee (5-8, Jr., Beersheba Springs, Tenn.) 10.2 4.9 .460 .750
Big 12 Standings
(as of games through Jan. 15)
Big 12 Overall
Iowa State 4-0 12-2
Oklahoma 3-0 13-3
Texas 3-1 11-5
Kansas 2-1 11-4
Oklahoma State 2-0 10-4
Texas Tech 2-2 13-2
Kansas State 2-2 9-8
Missouri 1-2 11-3
Nebraska 1-2 7-7
Texas A&M 1-3 9-5
Colorado 0-3 5-9
Baylor 0-4 5-9
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)
School Total/Games Average
Tennessee 95,977/6 15,996
Connecticut 71,702/6 11,950
Texas Tech 71,419/6 11,903
Iowa State 58,207/6 9,701
Purdue 48,496/5 9,699
Wisconsin 35,462/4 8,866
New Mexico 68,183/9 7,576
SW Missouri St. 51,574/7 7,368
Ohio State 47,256/7 6,751
Texas 32,238/6 5,373
Last Year vs. Kansas State
January 9, 1999 - Lubbock, Texas... Keitha Dickerson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading Tech to a 73-60 victory. Angie Braziel added 16 points, while Rene Hanebutt had 12 and Katrisa O'Neal finished with 10 points. Kristin Rethman led Kansas State with 15 points. The Lady Raiders shot 38.8 percent from the field and KSU shot 45.8 percent. The Wildcats outrebounded Tech 40-32, while Tech committed nine turnovers to KSU's 32.
March 3, 1999 - Kansas City, Mo... Rene Hanebutt tallied a game-high 26 points as Keitha Dickerson added 13 points to pace Tech to a 74-55 victory. Aleah Johnson finished with 12 points and Angie Braziel had 11 points and nine rebounds. Angie Finkes scored 17 points for KSU. Tech shot 45.9 percent from the field to KSU's 43.1 percent. The Wildcats outrebounded the Lady Raiders 37-33. Tech committed 15 turnovers, while KSU had 24.
A Look Back
Senior Aleah Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds Saturday to lead No. 14 Texas Tech over Oklahoma State 76-51.
Freshman Plenette Pierson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Katrisa O'Neal added 13 points for the Lady Raiders who led 33-21 at halftime.
Texas Tech scored 36 points off turnovers, while Oklahoma State scored 12. The Lady Raiders shot just 39 percent and Oklahoma State 35 percent.
Jennifer Crow scored 11 points for the Cowgirls, and Chantoya Hawkins had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 419-131 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.
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.
25 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 25-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 25-1 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.
Schmucker-Pharies Moves Up to Second
The seven assists senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies dished out against Oklahoma State Jan. 15 moved her up to second on Tech's all-time career list for assists. Schmucker-Pharies now has 485 assists behind Krista Kirkland's (89-93) 553.
Third Double-Double for Pierson
Freshman Plenette Pierson recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15. The 10 rebounds matched a career high.
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 Schmucker-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 Schmucker-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 Pierson 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 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.
Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 22-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.
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 host Kansas on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. on FOX Sports Net and then travel to Texas A&M Jan. 29 for a 2 p.m. contest. Tech plays Texas at home Feb. 3 at 7 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 145 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 14th by the USA Today and 16th by the AP.
Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule
Date Game Network Time
Jan. 18 ^Missouri at Nebraska NETTV&Mo.SN 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 22 Kansas at Texas Tech FSN 3 p.m.
Jan. 22 Texas A&M at Nebraska NETV 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 23 *North Carolina at Iowa State espn2 Noon
Jan. 23 *North Carolina State at Texas espn2 2 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.
1999-2000 LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS
1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 13-2
Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 13, Johnson 11, Pierson 10, O'Neal 9, Schmucker-Pharies 4, Ellison 2, Nagle 1, Tarr 1
Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 9, Pierson 3, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 5, O'Neal 4, Johnson 4, Dickerson 1
Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 12, Pierson 3, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 8, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1
TECH FREE THROW SHOOTING IN FINAL 2 MINUTES
Player FT-FTA PCT.
Dickerson 8-10 .800
Ellison 1-2 .500
Johnson 4-4 1.000
Nagle 0-3 .000
O'Neal 2-4 .500
Pierson 6-8 .750
Schmucker-Pharies 5-10 .500
TECH TOTALS 26-41 .634
TECH RECORD WHEN Overall Home Away
Ahead at halftime: 10-0 7-0 3-0
Behind at halftime: 3-2 1-0 2-2
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: 10-1 6-0 4-1
Outshooting opponents: 10-0 6-0 4-0
Outrebounding opponents: 9-0 6-0 3-0
Outrebounded by opponents: 4-2 2-0 2-2
Fewer turnovers than opponents: 12-2 8-0 4-2
More turnovers than opponents: 1-0 0-0 1-0
Overtime: 1-0 0-0 1-0
Longest winning streak: 10
Longest losing streak: 1
Current streak: 2 wins
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
15 points, 10 rebounds
vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 15
Aleah Johnson - 14 points, 14 rebounds
at New Mexico, Dec. 8
Schmucker-Pharies on the move
1. 553 Krista Kirkland (89-93)
2. 485 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
3. 482 Camille Franklin (82-86)
4. 441 Julie Lake (95-99)
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. 667 Keitha Dickerson
9. 608 Teresa McMillian (88-92)
Where the Lady Raiders Stand
(as of games through Jan. 15)
Big 12 Team Stats
Scoring Offense - 9th - 68.9
Scoring Defense - 1st - 53.2
Scoring Margin - 3rd - +15.7
Free Throw Pct. - 12th - .619
Field Goal Pct. - 9th - .429
Field Goal Pct. Defense - 7th - .394
3-Point Field Goal Pct. - 10th - .301
3-Point Field Goal Pct. Defense - 2nd - .262
Rebounding Offense - 12th - 37.7
Rebounding Defense - 5th - 35.7
Rebounding Margin - T7th - +2.0
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 6th - 0.95
Blocked Shots - 11th - 2.13
Assists - 8th - 16.20
Steals - 3rd - 11.67
Offensive Rebounds - 9th - 14.27
Defensive Rebounds - 12th - 23.40
3-Point Field Goals Made - 11th - 2.07
Big 12 Individual Stats
(must appear in 75% of games)
Plenette Pierson - 15th - 13.7
Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 10.3
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 1st - 2.03
Field Goal Percentage
Plenette Pierson - 6th - .549
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - T7h - 4.60
Free Throw Percentage
Aleah Johnson - T12th - .755
Katrisa O'Neal - 1st - 3.67
Keitha Dickerson - 4th - 2.93
3-Point Field Goal Percentage
Amber Tarr - 3rd - .439
3-Point Field Goals Made
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 12th - 1.38
Keitha Dickerson - 12th - 2.80
Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 7.47
#1 Courtney Pastner
Has played in 11 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 and vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15.
#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
Has started all 15 games...leads the team in assists with 69...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 15 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...scored 19 points vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15.
#24 Katrisa O'Neal
Has started all 15 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 15 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 season-high two blocks vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15, which matched a career high.
#32 Amber Tasrr
Has played in all 15 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 nine points vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...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 15 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, Lamar on Dec. 15 and Oklahoma State Jan. 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 five 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 15 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in 10 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 Colorado...scored 21 points at USC Nov. 29 and tied her career high of 10 rebounds in her second double-double...scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her third double-double vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...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...had a career-high three blocks vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...has eight 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 seven 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.