No. 7 Lady Raiders Visit Baylor Saturday

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and No. 7 Texas Tech face Baylor on the road Saturday.

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and No. 7 Texas Tech face Baylor on the road Saturday.
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Feb. 4, 2000

LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 7/9 Texas Tech will travel to Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 5 for a 7 p.m. game at the Ferrell Center. It will be the 46th meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 17-2 mark and 6-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.8 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 13.5, senior Keitha Dickerson at 11.9 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 11.6. 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 103 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 14 blocks and O'Neal has 71 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 44 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from the three-point arc and 60 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Baylor enters the game with a 5-13 record and 0-8 in Big 12 play after losing to Oklahoma, 87-59, last Wednesday. In that game, sophomore Danielle Crockrom had a team-high 15 points followed by senior Mandy Hayworth with 11. Crockrom also led the Lady Bears in rebounds with seven, while sophomore Nicole Collins had team highs of four assists and five steals. Baylor shot 33.3 percent (23-69) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-17) from three-point range and 70 percent (7-10) from the free throw line.

On the year, Hayworth paces the Lady Bears in scoring with a 12.0 average followed by Crockrom with an 11.9 average per outing. Crockrom is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.3 boards a game. Collins has team highs of 74 assists and 33 steals.

Baylor is shooting 35.3 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from the three-point arc and 78 percent from the charity stripe.

Sonja Hogg is in her sixth season at the helm of the Lady Bears, establishing a record of 81-84. She is in her 17th season as a head coach with a 388-139 mark.

Series Record
It is the 46th meeting between Texas Tech and Baylor with Tech holding a 37-8 advantage and a 36-1 record in the Marsha Sharp era. Last year the Lady Raiders defeated Baylor, 51-49, Jan. 2 in Waco on a buzzer-beating basket by Keitha Dickerson. Tech won again in Lubbock, 65-48, Jan. 30. The last time Baylor won was March 11, 1983 in a 62-56 triumph in the SWC Tournament in Austin, Texas. Tech has won 34 straight games.

Baylor Lady Bears (5-13/0-8 Big 12) vs.
#7/9 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-2/6-2 Big 12)

February 5, 2000 - Waco, Texas - 7 p.m.
Ferrell Center (10, 284)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (423-131, 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.)11.910.1.535.577
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)

Baylor Lady Bears
Head Coach: Sonja Hogg (81-84, sixth season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-14Brittany Bruns (5-10, So., Amarillo, Texas)
F-34Danielle Crockrom (6-2, So., Houston, Texas)
C-40Monica Arnold (6-2, Jr., Austin, Texas)
G-3Nicole Collins (5-3, So., Houston, Texas)
G-31Mandy Hayworth (5-9, Sr., Granburry, Texas)

Last Year vs. Baylor

January 2, 1999 - Waco, Texas - Angie Braziel scored17 points and 11 rebounds, while Keitha Dickerson added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and hit a buzzer-beating basket to Texas Tech a 51-49 victory. Rene Hanebutt finished with nine points. Baylor had three players with 12 points. The Lady Raiders and the Lady Bears both shot 33.3 percent from the field. Tech outrebounded Baylor 50-36. Baylor committed 17 turnovers to Tech's 22.

January 30, 1999 - Lubbock, Texas - Julie Lake led Texas Tech with 21 points en route to a 65-48 triumph over Baylor. Angie Braziel added 14 and Cara Gibbs finished with 10. Braziel and Aleah Johnson each had eight rebounds. Lara Webb had 16 points for Baylor. The Lady Raiders shot 35.1 percent from the field, while the Lady Bears shot 35.2 percent. Baylor outrebounded Tech 42-36. Tech had 19 turnovers as Baylor committed 27 turnovers.

A Look Back
Senior Aleah Johnson scored 20 points Thursday night and No. 9 Texas Tech beat Texas 73-44 in the Big 12 Conference.

Johnson went to the bench in foul trouble with 5:16 left in the half, but by that time Texas Tech was ahead 40-16. Texas was unable to take advantage, as both teams were scoreless over the last five minutes of the half.

Texas got no closer than 18 points in the second half. Edwina Brown, with 18 points, was the only Texas player in double figures.

Freshman Plenette Pierson contributed 15 points and senior Keitha Dickerson had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Tech. Senior guard Melinda Pharies added 13 points, including three 3-pointers.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 423-131 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. 31, Texas Tech is third in scoring defense at 52.8. Tech is also seventh in won-lost percentage (.889) and 17th in scoring margin (15.7)

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 12th in steals with a 3.7 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 29th in rebounding with a 9.8 average.

27 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 27-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 27-1 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.

Dickerson Gets Ninth Double-Double
Senior Keitha Dickerson recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds against Texas Feb. 3. Dickerson currently leads the Big 12 in double-doubles.

Ellison Grabs Career High
Sophomore Tanisha Ellison grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in 16 minutes of action against Texas Feb. 3. Her previous high was six, which she had earlier this season vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26.

Season Highs for Schmucker-Pharies
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies scored 13 points and hit three three-point baskets vs. Texas Feb. 3. Both matched her season highs.

Schmucker-Pharies Dishes Out Season High
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies dished out a season-high 13 assists at Texas A&M Jan. 29, just four shy of the school record of 17 which she set back in the 1998 NCAA Tournament vs. Grambling.

Johnson Gets Career High in Assists
Senior Aleah Johnson finished with a career-high five assists in the Lady Raiders' win at Texas A&M. Her previous career high was four against Stanford during the 1998-99 season.

Ellison Swats Aggies and Longhorns
Sophomore Tanisha Ellison swatted a game-high three shots at Texas A&M Jan. 29 in just 18 minutes of play and three blocks vs. Texas Feb. 3 in 16 minutes of action. The three blocks matched her career high, which she set last year vs. Texas-San Antonio.

Tarr Productive Off the Bench
Sophomore Amber Tarr came off the bench to score 10 points in 25 minutes of action at Texas A&M Jan. 29. She was 3-for-8 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point range, while sinking two of four free throw attempts.

Looking to Move Up
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies needs 34 assists to tie Krista Kirkland (89-93) for first on Tech's all-time career list for assists at 553, while junior Katrisa O'Neal needs one steal to tie Carolyn Thompson for third at 237 and 28 steals to tie Noel Johnson (91-95) for second on the Lady Raiders' all-time career list for steals at 264.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 24-home game winning streak. 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 Missouri Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Tech will come back to the United Spirit Arena for three straight home games vs. Texas A&M on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m., Feb. 16 vs. Nebraska at 7 p.m. and Feb. 19 vs. Oklahoma at 1 p.m. The Texas A&M game will be televised by FOX Sports Net and the Oklahoma game can be seen on espn2.

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 seventh in the USA Today/ESPN and ninth by the AP.

Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule

Feb. 5Missouri at Kansas StateFSN1 p.m.
Feb. 5Nebraska at OklahomaFSN3 p.m.
Feb. 10Texas at KansasFSN7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12Oklahoma at Oklahoma St.FSN1 p.m.
Feb. 12Texas A&M at Texas TechFSN3 p.m.
Feb. 13Kansas at Nebraskaespn2Noon

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 10. 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: 17-2

    Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 15, Johnson 15, Pierson 14, O'Neal 12, Schmucker-Pharies 5, Ellison 3, Tarr 2, Nagle 1

    Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 10, Pierson 4, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 6, Johnson 6, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 2

    Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 14, Pierson 3, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 12, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


    TECH TOTALS38-59.644

    TECH RECORD WHENOverallHomeAway
    Ahead at halftime:14-09-05-0
    Behind at halftime:3-21-02-2
    Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
    Bench outscores opponents:8-05-03-0
    Shooting 50 percent or better:5-13-02-1
    Shooting under 50 percent:12-17-05-1
    Outshooting opponents:14-08-06-0
    Outrebounding opponents:12-07-05-0
    Outrebounded by opponents:5-23-02-2
    Fewer turnovers than opponents:15-210-05-2
    More turnovers than opponents: 2-00-02-0

    Longest winning streak: 10 Sundays: 1-1Wednesdays: 5-0
    Longest losing streak: 1 Mondays: 1-0Thursdays: 1-0
    Current streak: 6 wins Tuesdays: 2-0 Fridays: 2-0 Saturdays: 5-1

    Big12 Standings
    (as of games through Feb. 3)

    Big 12 Overall
    Iowa State 7-116-3
    Texas Tech6-217-2
    Oklahoma State4-412-8
    Kansas State2-69-12
    Texas A&M1-79-9

    Upcoming Action

    Saturday, Feb. 5
    Texas Tech at Baylor, 7 p.m.
    Colorado at Iowa State, 7 p.m.
    Missouri at Kansas State (FSN), 1 p.m.
    Nebraska at Oklahoma (FSN), 3 p.m.
    Texas A&M at Texas, 7 p.m.

    Poll Position
    The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are seventh in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and ninth in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the week of Jan. 31.

    1999-00 National Women's Basketball
    Division I Attendance Figures

    (Top 10 as of Jan. 31, 2000)

    SchoolTotal/Games Average
    Texas Tech110,335/912,259
    Iowa State92,366/910,263
    New Mexico86,374/117,852
    SW Missouri St.84,496/117,681
    Ohio State77,226/117,021

    Player Notes

    #1 Courtney Pastner
    Has played in 14 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 19 games...leads the team in assists with 103...had a season-high 13 assists at Texas A&M Jan. 29...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...has had a season-high five rebounds three times this year...matched season highs of 13 point and three three-pointers vs. Texas Feb. 3.

    #15 Aleah Johnson
    Has started all 19 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 career-high two blocks vs. Colorado Jan. 12...scored 19 points vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...tallied a career-high five assists at Texas A&M Jan. 29...scored 20 points vs. Texas Feb. 3.

    #24 Katrisa O'Neal
    Has started all 19 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 19 games...has recorded nine double-doubles this season...scored 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 10 points and had 14 rebounds vs. Texas Feb. 3...scored a season-high 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...scored 18 points at Texas A&M Jan. 29.

    #32 Amber Tarr
    Has played in all 19 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...scored 10 points at Texas A&M Jan. 29.

    #34 Tanisha Ellison
    Has played in all 19 games...scored a career-high 12 points in the victory over Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...had six rebounds vs. SWT...scored 10 points in 14 minutes vs. SMU Dec. 4...had a career-high eight rebounds vs. Texas Feb. 3...scored 10 points vs. Kansas Jan. 22...matched her career high of three blocks at Texas A&M Jan. 29 and vs. Texas Feb. 3...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 eight 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 19 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in 13 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...had 15 points and nine rebounds vs. Texas Feb. 3...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 and vs. Texas Feb. 3...matched her career-high 10 rebounds at TCU Dec. 22.

    #55 Jamie Nagle
    Has played in 10 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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