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Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game.

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Jan. 20, 2000

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LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 11/15 Texas Tech will host No. 23/24 Kansas in a Big 12 contest Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. The game will be televised by the FOX Sports Network. It will be the sixth meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 14-2 mark and 3-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.8 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 12.7, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.1 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 12.1. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.1 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 77 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 11 blocks and O'Neal has 60 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from the three-point arc and 61.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Kansas enters the game with a 12-4 record and a 3-1 mark in Big 12 play after winning at Baylor, 81-67, last Wednesday night. In that game, senior Lynn Pride scored a game-high 25 points, while junior Jaclyn Johnson added 16 and senior Suzi Raymant and junior Jennifer Jackson finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Jackson led the Jayhawks with nine rebounds and Johnson dished out nine assists. KU shot 45.7 percent (32-70) from the field, 20 percent (1-5) from three-point range and 80 percent (16-20) from the charity stripe.

On the year, Pride paces the Jayhawks in scoring with an 18.8 average followed by Raymant at 14.4, junior Brooke Reves at 12.1 and Johnson at 10.3. Pride is also the top rebounder, grabbing 8.8 boards per outing. Johnson has a team-high 51 assists, while Pride has team highs of 14 blocks and 39 steals.

KU is shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 31 percent from the three-point arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.

Marian Washington is in her 27th season at the helm of the Jayhawks, establishing a record of 515-281.

Series Record
It sixth meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas with the Jayhawks holding a 3-2 advantage, while the series is tied at 2-2 in the Marsha Sharp era. Kansas won last year's meeting, 55-45, on Jan. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. The last time the Lady Raiders were victorious was in a 71-53 triumph on March 7, 1998 in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

Last Year vs. Kansas
January 23, 1999 - Lawrence, Kan. - Angie Braziel led Tech with 15 points and eight rebounds as the Lady Raiders fell to Kansas, 55-45. Julie Lake added 11 points, while Melinda Schmucker finished with six points and eight rebounds. KU's Lynn Pride led all players with 19 points. Tech shot 33.3 percent from the field, while Kansas shot 45.8 percent. Kansas outrebounded Texas Tech 43-28 and Tech committed 15 turnovers to KU's 25.

#23/24 Kansas Jayhawks (12-4/3-1 Big 12) vs.
#11/15 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (14-2/3-2 Big 12
January 22, 2000 -Lubbock, Texas -3 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (420-131, 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.)
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)

Kansas Jayhawks
Head Coach: Marian Washington (515-281, 27th season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-34Lynn Pride (6-2, Sr., Arlington, Texas)
F-42Jaclyn Johnson (6-1, Jr., Burbank, Calif.)
C-33Nikki White (6-4, So., Memphis, Tenn.)
G-11Suzi Raymant (5-11, Melbourne, Australia)
G-15Jennifer Jackson (6-1, Jr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

A Look Back
Junior Katrisa O'Neal and freshman Plenette Pierson scored 14 points each as No. 11 Texas Tech held off Kansas State 51-47 last Tuesday night.

Kansas State erased a 14-point deficit in the second half and tied Texas Tech on a 3-pointer by Kim Woodlee. But senior Aleah Johnson scored to put the Raiders back in front for good.

Kansas State committed 10 turnovers in the first half and trailed 27-19 at halftime. The Wildcats cut their deficit to three in the first five minutes of the second half as Nicky Ramage scored six points.

Kristin Rethman made a 3 midway in the first half to give the Wildcats a 10-5 lead before Texas Tech went on an 18-1 run to take control.

Pierson had a game-high nine rebounds and Johnson added 12 points for Texas Tech.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 420-131 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. 17, Texas Tech is fifth in scoring defense at 53.2. Tech is also 11th in won-lost percentage (.867) and 18th in scoring margin (15.7)

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 15th in steals with a 3.7 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.

Block Buster II
For the second straight game, freshman Plenette Pierson has recorded three blocked shots. The three blocks is a game career high for Pierson.

First Big 12 Road Win of Season
The Lady Raiders picked up their first Big 12 Conference road game of the season in a 51-47 triumph at Kansas State Jan. 18. Tech has now won three straight league games.

Guards Keep on Going
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and junior Katrisa O'Neal played all 40 minutes in the win at Kansas State Jan. 18. It marked the sixth game in which Schmucker-Pharies has played the whole game, including one 45-minute contest, and the first for O'Neal.

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 493 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.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders travel to Texas A&M Jan. 29 for a 2 p.m. contest before returning home to play 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/ESPN poll, a total of 146 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 11th in the USA Today/ESPN and 15th by the AP.

Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule

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 15. 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: 14-2

    Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 13, Johnson 12, Pierson 11, O'Neal 10, 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 6, O'Neal 5, Johnson 4, Dickerson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 12, Pierson 4, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 9, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


    TECH TOTALS27-43.628

    TECH RECORD WHENOverallHomeAway
    Ahead at halftime:11-07-04-0
    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:11-16-05-1
    Outshooting opponents:11-06-05-0
    Outrebounding opponents:10-06-04-0
    Outrebounded by opponents:4-22-02-2
    Fewer turnovers than opponents:13-28-05-2
    More turnovers than opponents: 1-00-01-0

    Longest winning streak: 10 Sundays: 1-1Wednesdays: 5-0
    Longest losing streak: 1 Mondays: 1-0Thursdays: 0-0
    Current streak: 3 wins Tuesdays: 2-0 Fridays: 2-0Saturdays: 3-1

    Big12 Standings
    (as of games through Jan. 19)

    Big 12 Overall
    Iowa State 5-013-2
    Texas Tech3-214-2
    Oklahoma State2-210-6
    Kansas State2-39-9
    Texas A&M1-49-6

    Upcoming Action

    Saturday, Jan. 22
    Kansas at Texas Tech (FSN), 3 p.m.
    Baylor at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m.
    Colorado at Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
    Kansas State at Missouri, 7:30 p.m.
    Texas A&M at Nebraska, 7:05 p.m.

    Sunday, Jan. 23
    #North Carolina at Iowa State (espn2), Noon
    #North Carolina St. at Texas (espn2), 2 p.m.

    # Big 12/ACC Challenge

    1999-00 Double-Doubles

    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

    Career Assists
    Schmucker-Pharies on the move

    1. 553Krista Kirkland (89-93)
    2. 493Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
    3. 482Camille Franklin (82-86)
    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. 674Keitha Dickerson
    9. 608Teresa McMillian (88-92)

    Poll Position
    The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are 11th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and 15th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the week of Jan. 17.

    1999-00 National Women's Basketball
    Division I Attendance Figures
    (as of Jan. 18, 2000)

    Texas Tech96/890/812,111
    Iowa State70,341/710,049
    New Mexico68,183/97,576

    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
    Assist/Turnover Ratio
    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
    Offensive Rebounds
    Keitha Dickerson - 12th - 2.80
    Defensive Rebounds
    Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 7.47

    Player Notes

    #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 16 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 and at Kansas State Jan. 18...recorded first block of the season at Kansas State.

    #15 Aleah Johnson
    Has started all 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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, South Florida Dec. 17 and at Kansas State Jan. 18.

    #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 16 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in 11 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 and at Kansas State Jan. 18...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.



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