Battle Of Texas Continues With Tech Hosting Longhorns

Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and the No. 9 Lady Raiders will look for their sixth-straight win Thursday against Texas.

Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and the No. 9 Lady Raiders will look for their sixth-straight win Thursday against Texas.
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Feb. 3, 2000

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - One of the better rivalries in the Big 12 resumes Thursday night as Texas travels to Texas Tech.

The ninth-ranked Lady Raiders (16-2, 5-2) have won five straight, including a 71-49 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday and are currently tied with Texas (14-6, 5-2) and Nebraska for fourth place in the Big 12.

Thursday marks the 58th meeting between the two with Texas holding a 44-13 advantage. Tech is 13-31 against Texas under coach Marsha Sharp.

Last year, the two teams split, each winning on their home court.

Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with 13.7 points per game followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 13.2. Senior Keitha Dickerson avereages 12.1 points and a Big 12-leading 9.8 rebounds.

Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 98 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 12 blocks and O'Neal has 67 steals.

However, the most impressive statistic may be Texas Tech's scoring defense allowing 52.5 points per game, which is third in the nation.

The Lady Raiders will need that type of effort again because Texas has more than one option on offense.

Texas is off to its second-best start ever after seven games in Big 12 play. The 1996-97 squad went 7-1 to start league play.

Senior Edwina Brown, who leads the team with a 22.9 scoring average, poured in a game-high 28 points in an 83-61 win over Baylor on Saturday, a game played without coach Judy Conradt on the sidelines for the first time in her 24 years at Texas.

Conradt, who has 739 career wins in 30 seasons overall, did not make the trip to Waco with the team as she remained home in Austin battling a stomach virus. Instead, 11th-year assistant Kathy Harston grabbed the reigns and then liked what she saw.

"We all missed Jody's presence on the sideline tonight, but the team responded very, very well and got off to a great start," Harston said. "Edwina (Brown) had another tremendous game for us."

Freshman Alisha Sare added 18 and juniors JoRuth Woods and Carla Littleton each adding 10 points.

Brown also finished with a team-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Asha Hill tallied eight assists.

The Longhorns shot 52.5 percent (32-for-61) from the field.




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