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Plenette Pierson grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds Sunday against Oklahoma.

Plenette Pierson grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds Sunday against Oklahoma.
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Jan. 30, 2001

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No. 9/12 Texas Tech (15-3/6-1) takes on Kansas State (11-7/1-6) tonight at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It will be the seventh meeting between the two teams.

#9/12 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (15-3, 6-1 Big 12) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (11-7, 1-6 Big 12)
January 31, 2001 -- Lubbock, Texas -- 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Scouting the Opponent
Kansas State enters the game with an 11-7 overall record and a 1-6 mark in Big 12 play after losing to Kansas, 65-62, last Saturday. In that game, freshman Nicole Ohlde scored 21 points, while sophomore Danielle Hutton added 15 and senior April Sailors 11. Hutton also grabbed eight rebounds and Ohlde dished out four assists.

On the year, Ohlde paces the Wildcats in scoring with a 16.0 average followed by senior Kim Woodlee at 12.4 and junior Kristin Rethman at 12.2. Ohlde is also the top rebounder, grabbing 8.3 boards per outing. Junior Shalondra Booker has team highs of 74 assists and 46 steals. Ohlde is the top shot blocker with 11 blocks. KSU is shootng 44.3 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from three-point range and 70.2 percent from the free throw line.

Deb Patterson is in her fifth year at the helm of the Wildcats, establishing a career record of 70-67.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds a 5-1 advantage over Kansas State as the Lady Raiders won the last four games, including last year's 51-47 victory in Manhattan, Kan., Jan.18. The only time KSU has won was in a 76-58 triumph in the Big 12 Conference Tournament on March 5, 1997 in Kansas City, Mo.

Last Time vs. Kansas State
Jan. 18, 2000 - Katrisa O'Neal and Plenette Pierson scored 14 points each as No. 15 Texas Tech held off Kansas State 51-47

Kansas State erased a 14-point deficit in the second half and tied Texas Tech on a 3-pointer by Kim Woodlee. But 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.

Rethman scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats and Ramage had 13 before fouling out.

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

A Win Tonight Would...
...give Tech a 16-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the Big 12.

...mark the fifth-straight victory over Kansas State.

...give Marsha Sharp her 450th career victory.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will host Texas A&M Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders will then travel to Baylor for a game on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. before returning home on Feb. 10 to take on Texas at 5 p.m. on espn2. Tech then travels to Kansas for a game on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 449-137 in her 19th year at the helm of the Lady Raiders. She has led the Lady Raiders to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 11 consecutive, and six NCAA Sweet 16 and three Elite Eight appearances and the NCAA National Championship in 1993. Sharp has led the Lady Raiders to three-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season titles and two tournament crowns. 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.

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.

The Last Time Out
(AP) - Caton Hill scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, leading No. 12 Oklahoma to an 84-66 win over No. 9 Texas Tech Sunday.

Stacey Dales added 21 points and six assists, while LaNeishea Caufield scored 19 points for the Sooners.

Oklahoma (15-4, 6-1) never trailed after taking an 8-0 lead over the Lady Raiders (15-3, 6-1).

Texas Tech missed its first five shots and committed two turnovers during that stretch. The Sooners led 39-27 at halftime.

Oklahoma's defense held Texas Tech to 37 percent shooting from the field. Meanwhile, the Sooners shot 59 percent.

Natalie Ritchie's 3-pointer with 5:51 left cut Oklahoma's lead to 65-55, the closest Tech would get the rest of the way. Ritchie came off the bench to finish with a career-high 15 points.

Jia Perkins had 15 points and Plenette Pierson scored 12 and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for Texas Tech.

Home Court Streak
Texas Tech has the second longest current home-court winning streak in Division I women's basketball. Tech has won 39-straight home games will play again in Lubbock on Jan. 31. Kent is in first with 40 wins and will play at home again Feb. 8. Grambling did have the longest home-court winning streak of 68 games but lost to Southern University, 80-70, Jan. 6. Tennessee holds the record for most consecutive home wins with 69. Auburn and Grambling are second with 68 straight home wins.

Team Leaders
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson, who is averaging 13.3 points per game. Freshman Jia Perkins is averaging 12.6 points a game, while senior Katrisa O'Neal and junior Amber Tarr are averaging 12.4 and 10.9, respectively. Pierson is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.6 boards a game followed by junior Tanisha Ellison at 6.7. Freshman Dionne Brown has a team-high 61.1 field goal percentage, while freshman Jolee Ayers is shooting 49.2 percent and Ellison at 48.6 percent. Perkins has team highs of 71 assists and 47 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 22 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line.

Looking For No. 450
Head coach Marsha Sharp could get her 450th career victory Wednesday with a victory over Kansas State.

NCAA Statistical Leaders
As of games through Jan. 29, junior Amber Tarr ranks fourth in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 48.1. As a team, the Lady Raiders rank 12th in scoring defense at 57.9, 12th in scoring margin at 17.1, 15th in won-lost percentage at .833 and 16th in three-point field goal percentage at 38.7.

Katrisa 'O'Steal' Breaks Record
Senior Katrisa O'Neal is now Texas Tech's all-time career leader in steals with 314. She matched her career high of seven steals in the win at Nebraska Jan. 17 to surpass Camille Franklin's 303 steals to become the all-time leader.

Giving Up Points
Oklahoma's 84 points in Texas Tech's 84-66 loss at OU Jan. 28, marks the most points the Lady Raiders have given up in a loss since the 85-64 defeat to Old Dominion Nov. 21, 1998.

Ritchie Scores Career High
Freshman Natalie Ritchie came off the bench at Oklahoma on Jan. 28 to score a career-high 15 points in 12 minutes of play. Ritchie also nailed a career-high three three-point baskets.

Another Double-Double for Pierson
Sophomore Plenette Pierson recorded her fourth double-double of the season as she scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds at Oklahoma Jan. 28.

White Snatches Four
Junior Candi White snatched a career-high four steals in the Lady Raiders' loss at Oklahoma Jan. 28.

Twice at 6-0
For the second time in Big 12 history, the Lady Raiders started off the conference season with a 6-0 record before losing its first conference game at Oklahoma on Jan. 28. Tech also started 1999 6-0 in league play.

Second Lowest Point Allowed
In Texas Tech's 82-29 win over Oklahoma State Jan. 21, the 29 points allowed marked the second-lowest points allowed in school history and the lowest ever in the Marsha Sharp era. The lowest points ever given up by Tech is 26 by McMurry on Feb. 24, 1978.

51 Boards
The Lady Raiders' 51 rebounds against Oklahoma State Jan. 21 matched their season high. Tech also recorded 51 boards against Baylor Jan. 10.

Tarr Sidelined
Junior Amber Tarr will be sidelined 1-2 more weeks after dislocating her patella in her left leg against Oklahoma State Jan. 21.

Season High Steals
Texas Tech snatched a season-high 19 steals in the win at Nebraska Jan. 17. The school record for most steals in a game is 47 against Central State Oklahoma on Jan. 18, 1980.

Perkins Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week
Freshman Jia Perkins was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week Jan. 15 for her performances from Jan. 8-14. On the week, she averaged 17 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 75 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. She also scored a career-high 23 points vs. Baylor Jan. 10.

Back-to-Back Double-Doubles for Pierson
Sophomore Plenette Pierson recorded back-to-back double-doubles in the Lady Raiders' wins over Baylor Jan. 10 and Texas A&M Jan. 13. Against Baylor, she had 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and at Texas A&M she scored 20 points and grabbed another 12 rebounds. Pierson now has three double-doubles on the year.

Five Again in Double Digits
In the win at Texas A&M Jan. 13, the Lady Raiders had five players score in double figures. Junior Amber Tarr led the way with 21 points followed by sophomore Plenette Pierson with 20. Freshman Jia Perkins added 11 and senior Katrisa O'Neal and junior Tanisha Ellison each had 10. The same five players also scored in double digits in the win over Missouri Jan. 3.

First Afternoon Victory
Texas Tech got its first afternoon victory of the season with the win at Texas A&M Jan. 13, which tipped-off at 2 p.m. The Lady Raiders had lost their previous two afternoon contests: vs. North Carolina State Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. in Austin, Texas and at Santa Clara on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. CST.

Block Buster
Sophomore Plenette Pierson tied her career high of three blocks at Texas A&M Jan. 13 as it marked the fifth time in her career that she has recorded three blocks in a game. She also tied her career-high three assists.

Season High Assists
Texas Tech tallied a season-high 27 assists in the win over Texas A&M Jan. 13. Senior Katrisa O'Neal led the team in assists with a season-high eight. Tech's 52.5 percent from the field just missed tying its season-high of 52.7 percent which it shot against Southwest Missouri State Nov. 25.

No Stopping Perkins and Ayers
There was no stopping freshmen Jia Perkins and Jolee Ayers against Baylor Jan. 10 as both scored career highs in points in that game. Perkins poured in 23 points in 25 minutes of play, while Ayers added 12 in a season-high 20 minutes.

The Future
In the win over Baylor Jan. 10, the 13,804 fans witnessed what the future holds for the Lady Raiders as the five freshmen combined to score 47 of Tech's 84 points. Jia Perkins led her classmates with a career-high 23 points followed by Jolee Ayers' career-high 12 points. Natalie Ritchie chipped in eight, while Dionne Brown and Casey Jackson each had two points apiece.

Largest Crowd of the Season
On Jan. 10, 13,804 fans were in attendance for Tech's 84-61 victory over Baylor, which was the largest crowd at United Spirit Arena this season and the sixth largest attendance since the USA opened last season.

'T-Bird' Flies High
Junior Tanisha Ellison was flying high in the win at Oklahoma State Jan. 6 as she recorded a career-high 15 rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Her previous career high was 11, which she had done three times in her career at Texas Tech.

Spark Plug = O'Neal
Senior Katrisa O'Neal was the spark plug that the Lady Raiders needed to defeat Oklahoma State Jan. 6. After the Lady Raider shot just 28.6 percent in the first half, O'Neal came out in the second half and hit 7-of-8 shots from the field and 3-of-5 from the line en route to a game-high 23 points. O'Neal finished the game 9-of-13 from the field and 3-for-5 from the charity stripe.

No Place Like Home
Texas Tech has won 34-straight home Big 12 games dating back to Jan. 15, 1997. The last time and only time the Lady Raiders have lost a Big 12 contest at home was on Jan. 8, 1997 to Oklahoma State, 78-56.

Tech vs. the Top 25
Texas Tech is now 4-2 against teams ranked in the top 25 after losing at No. 12 Oklahoma Jan. 28. The Lady Raiders were victorious over No. 8 Penn State, No. 16 Southwest Missouri State, No. 13 Oregon and No. 23 Baylor, while losing to No. 19 North Carolina State.

Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in Associated Press and/or the USA Today poll a total of 167 weeks. That includes the Jan. 29 rankings of ninth by USA Today/ESPN poll and 12th by the AP.

Did You Know...
...that Tech has two players whose fathers played in the NFL - freshman Jia Perkins' dad, Johnny Perkins, played for the New York Giants and freshman Jolee Ayers' dad, the late John Ayers, played for the San Francisco 49ers.

...that Tech has signed four players to National Letters of Intent to play at Texas Tech next year: Jametra Clark (Hale Center), La'Tosha Daniels (Fort Worth), Cisti Greenwalt (Clovis, N.M.) and Kari Jo Simmons (Lubbock).

...that all 12 players hail from the state of Texas.




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