No. 15 Lady Raiders Look To Continue Conference Dominance At Home|
Jan. 21, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech hopes to continue its conference dominance at home Saturday when it takes on Kansas in a matchup of ranked teams at the United Spirit Arena.
The 15th-ranked Lady Raiders (14-2, 3-2 Big 12) currently hold a 25-game winning streak in Big 12 home games. Their only Big 12 home loss came against Oklahoma State in a 78-56 defeat on Jan. 8, 1997.
Overall, Texas Tech holds a 22-game home winning streak, fourth-best in Division I.
The Lady Raiders have won three straight overall by an average margin of 18 points.
Freshman Plenette Pierson continued her outstanding play this season, leading the Lady Raiders with 14 points in their 51-47 win at Kansas State on Tuesday. Pierson leads the team with 13.8 points per game and 11 blocks.
Texas Tech has three players - Pierson, Aleah Johnson (12.7) and Keitha Dickerson (12.1) - who are averaging over 12 points. Dickerson leads the Big 12 with 10.1 rebounds per game.
Despite a balanced offense, the Lady Raiders have not shot well thus far, shooting just 42.7 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from 3-point range and 61.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The 23rd-ranked Jayhawks (12-4, 3-1) have won two straight and five of their last six.
Unlike Texas Tech, the Jayhawks have a dominant scorer in Lynn Pride, who is averaging 18.8 points.
Pride, who scored a game-high 25 points in the Jayhawks' 81-67 win at Baylor on Wednesday, also leads the team with 8.8 rebounds, 39 steals and 14 blocks.
The Jayhawks hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. Kansas won last year's meeting 55-45 at home on Jan. 23.