Tech Hits The Road To Battle Texas A&M

Katrisa O'Neal and the No. 14 Lady Raiders will hit the road to battle Big 12 foe Texas A&M Saturday in College Station.

Katrisa O'Neal and the No. 14 Lady Raiders will hit the road to battle Big 12 foe Texas A&M Saturday in College Station.
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Jan. 27, 2000

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Texas A&M Aggies (9-8/1-6 Big 12)
#10/14 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (15-2/4-2 Big 12)
January 29, 2000 * College Station, Texas * 2 p.m.
Reed Arena (12,500)

Saturday's Game
No. 10/14 Texas Tech will travel to Texas A&M for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Reed Arena. It will be the 48th meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 15-2 mark and 4-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.9 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 13.2, junior Katrisa O'Neal at 12.0 and senior Keitha Dickerson at 11.7. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.0 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 85 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 12 blocks and O'Neal has 63 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from the three-point arc and 61.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Texas A&M enters the game with a 9-8 mark and 1-6 record in Big 12 play after losing to Oklahoma, 79-72, last Wednesday. In that game, junior Jaynetta Saunders scored a team-high 21 points, while senior Prissy Sharpe added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Kera Alexander dished out a game-high nine assists and Saunders recorded four blocks. The Aggies shot 49.2 percent (29-59) from the field, 33.3 percent (4-12) from the three-point arc and 76.9 percent (10-13) from the free throw line.

On the year, Saunders paces Texas A&M in scoring with a 15.1 average followed by Sharpe at 13.6, Alexander at 11.5 and junior Brandy Jones at 11.0. Sharpe is the top rebounder with a 9.0 average per outing, while junior Tina Jones has a team-high 90 assists. Saunders also leads the Aggies in steals with 40 and blocks with 34.

Texas A&M is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 25.8 percent from three-point range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.

Peggie Gillom is in her third season at the helm of the Aggies, establishing a 16-28 record.

Probable Starters
Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (421-131, 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.)11.710.0.513.574
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

G-32Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas)
C-34Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas)
G-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)

Texas A&M Aggies
Head Coach: Peggie Gillom (16-28, third season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-30Kera Alexander (5-11, Sr., Whitesboro, Texas)
F-32Jaynetta Saunders (5-11, Jr., Louisville, Ky.)
C-14Prissy Sharpe (6-1, Sr., Longview, Texas)
G-13LaToya Rose (5-6, So., Magnolia, Ark.)
G-23Brandy Jones (5-7, Jr., Missouri City, Texas)

Series Record
It is the 48th meeting between Texas Tech and Texas A&M with the Lady Raiders holding a 39-8 advantage and a 31-4 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. Last year, Tech was victorious, 68-65, Jan. 13 in College Station and then again on Feb. 10, 74-52, in Lubbock. The last time the Aggie won was Feb. 8, 1995 in a 78-73 triumph in College Station.

Last Year vs. Texas A&M
January 13, 1999 - College Station, Texas -- Angie Braziel scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in leading the Lady Raiders to a 68-65 victory over Texas A&M. Rene Hanebutt added 13 points and Keitha Dickerson recorded 12 rebounds. Prissy Sharpe led TAMU with 20 points. Tech shot 43.9 percent from the field and the Aggies shot 40 percent. The Lady Raiders outrebounded A&M 40-36, while the Aggies had 12 turnovers to Tech's 15.

February 10, 1999 -Lubbock, Texas -- Angie Braziel recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds as Tech defeated Texas A&M 74-52. Rene Hanebutt finished with 20 points, while Melinda Schmucker added 11. Kera Alexander led the Aggies with 17 points. The Lady Raiders shot 48.3 percent from the field and TAMU shot 46.8. The Aggies outrebounded Tech 34-28, while Tech committed 11 turnovers to A&M's 25.

A Look Back
Senior Aleah Johnson scored 21 points and freshman Plenette Pierson had 17 points and a career high 11 rebounds as No. 11 Texas Tech beat No. 23 Kansas 76-56 last Saturday.

Junior Katrisa O'Neal and sophomore Tanisha Ellison each added 10 points for Texas Tech, which shot 50 percent from the field and held Kansas to 35 percent shooting.

Brooke Reves and Suzi Raymant each scored 12 points for Kansas and Jaclyn Johnson had 11 rebounds.

Tech held senior Lynn Pride to just eight points as she was averaging 18.8 points a game prior to the game with 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 421-131 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. 24, Texas Tech is third in scoring defense at 53.0. Tech is also seventh in won-lost percentage (.882) and 18th in scoring margin (15.3)

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 12th in steals with a 3.7 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 25th in rebounding with a 10.0 average.

26 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 26-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 26-1 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.

O'Neal Climbs Up the Steals List
Junior Katrisa O'Neal has passed Sheryl Swoopes for fourth on Tech's all-time career list for steals with 228. Swoopes had 226 steals in her two seasons as a Lady Raider. O'Neal needs nine more assists to tie Carolyn Thompson for third with 237.

Pierson Gets Fourth Double-Double
Freshman Plenette Pierson recorded her fourth double-double of the season as she scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over Kansas Jan. 22.

Johnson Matches Career High
Senior Aleah Johnson matched her career high of 21 points in the victory over Kansas Jan. 22. She had scored 21 points earlier this season against Southwest Texas State.

Dickerson Dishes Out Career High Assists
Senior Keitha Dickerson dished out a career-high seven assists last Saturday vs. Kansas. Her previous high was six assists, which she had tallied three times in her career and once this season.

Block Buster II
For the second straight game, freshman Plenette Pierson has recorded three blocked shots at Kansas State Jan. 18. 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 501 assists behind Krista Kirkland's (89-93) 553.

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.

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.

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.

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 23-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 return home to play Texas at home Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and then travel to Baylor Feb. 5 and Missouri Feb. 8 with both games starting at 7 p.m. Tech will come back to the United Spirit Arena on Feb. 12 to play Texas A&M at 3 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 147 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 10th in the USA Today/ESPN and 14th by the AP.

Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule

Jan. 29Iowa State at KansasFSN1 p.m.
Jan. 29Oklahoma State at ColoradoFSN3 p.m.
Jan. 30Nebraska at Kansas StateFSN1 p.m.
Feb. 2Iowa State at NebraskaNETV7:05 p.m.
Feb. 5Missouri at Kansas StateFSN1 p.m.
Feb. 5Nebraska at OklahomaFSN3 p.m.

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: 15-2

Double-Figure Scoring Games:
Dickerson 13, Johnson 13, Pierson 12, O'Neal 11, Schmucker-Pharies 4, Ellison 3, Nagle 1, Tarr 1

Double-Figure Rebounding Games:
Dickerson 9, Pierson 4, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Scoring:
Pierson 6, Johnson 5, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 1

Games Leading Tech in Rebounding:
Dickerson 12, Pierson 5, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Assists:
Schmucker-Pharies 10, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


Player FT-FTA PCT.
TECH TOTALS30-47.638

Ahead at halftime:12-08-04-0
Behind at halftime:3-21-02-2
Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
Bench outscores opponents:7-05-02-0
Shooting 50 percent or better:4-13-01-1
Shooting under 50 percent:11-16-05-1
Outshooting opponents:12-07-05-0
Outrebounding opponents:10-06-04-0
Outrebounded by opponents:5-23-02-2
Fewer turnovers than opponents:14-29-05-2
More turnovers than opponents: 1-00-01-0

Player Notes

#1 Courtney Pastner
Has played in 12 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 17 games...leads the team in assists with 85...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...hit three three-pointers vs. Kansas Jan. 22.

#15 Aleah Johnson
Has started all 17 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...matched her career-high 21 points vs. Kansas Jan. 22...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 17 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...had a season-high two blocks vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15, which matched a career high...recorded a career-high seven assists vs. Kansas Jan. 22.

#32 Amber Tarr
Has played in all 17 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 17 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...scored 10 points vs. Kansas Jan. 22...had a block against SMU, Lamar on Dec. 15 and Oklahoma State Jan. 15...had a career-high two assists vs. Kansas, while recording a steal and a block...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 six 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 17 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in 12 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 and Kansas Jan. 22...scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds against Rice Nov. 23 for her first double-double...scored 21 points at USC Nov. 29 and had 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 17 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds with her fourth double-double vs. Kansas...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...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 eight 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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