Lady Raiders Battle Baylor In Texas Showdown

Freshman Jia Perkins leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.7 ppg average.

Freshman Jia Perkins leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.7 ppg average.
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Feb. 5, 2001

Wednesday's Game
No. 10/11 Texas Tech (17-3/8-1) takes on Baylor (15-5/4-5) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. It will be the 49th meeting between the two teams.

Scouting the Opponent
Baylor enters the game with a 15-5 overall record and 4-5 in the Big 12 after losing at Colorado, 85-66, last Saturday. In that game, junior Sheila Lambert scored a game-high 28 points, while junior Danielle Crockrom added 15 and junior Nicole Collins had 11. Crockrom grabbed a team-high five rebounds, while Lambert dished out seven assists.

On the year, Lambert paces the Lady Bears in scoring with a 22.9 average followed by Crockrom at 22.6 and senior Monica Arnold at 10.6. Crockrom is the top rebounder, grabbing 12.9 boards per outing. Lambert has team highs of 123 assists and 63 steals. Arnold is the top shot blocker with 27 blocks. The Lady Bears are shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 25.4 percent from three-point range and 71.1 percent from the free throw line.

Kim Mulkey-Robertson is in her first year as a head coach with a 15-5 record.

Series Record
It is the 49th meeting between Texas Tech and Baylor as Tech has won the last 38 games, including the forfeit in the during the 1989 season which does not count towards the record. The Lady Raiders hold a 40-8 advantage over the Lady Bears after winning the first game this year, 84-61, Jan. 10 in Lubbock. The last time Baylor was victorious was March 11, 1983 in a 62-56 triumph.

Last Time vs. Baylor
Jan. 10, 2001 - Jia Perkins scored 23 points as No. 11 Texas Tech beat previously unbeaten Baylor 84-61, the Lady Raiders' 38th straight home victory and 38th consecutive victory over the Lady Bears.

Texas Tech used a 30-9 run to take a 48-22 lead at the half. No. 23 Baylor shot only 29 percent during the first half, hitting 9-of-3 compared to Tech's 20-of-35.

The Lady Bears shooting vastly improved during the second half and Tech's declined as Sheila Lambert scored 18 of her 25 points. Danielle Crockrom added 15.

Lambert entered the game with a Big 12-best scoring average of 24.5 points. Crockrom was second with a 21.5 average, and topped the conference's rebounders at 12.8.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will return 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. and returns home Feb. 17 against Oklahoma at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 451-137 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) - Plenette Pierson scored 25 points to lead No. 12 Texas Tech to a 92-79 win over Texas A&M in the teams' 50th meeting Saturday night.

The victory extended Texas Tech's home winning streak to 41 games, which leads the nation. The Lady Raiders are 48-2 against Texas A&M.

The Lady Raiders (17-3, 8-1) used a 15-8 run in the final four minutes to seal the win.

Freshman Jia Perkins added 20 points for Texas Tech. Casey Jackson and Jolee Ayers each scored 17.

Texas A&M closed within six, 77-71, with 4:52 remaining. But Perkins scored eight points in the final minutes to thwart the Aggies' comeback.

Jaynetta Saunders, the Big 12 scoring leader, scored 23 points for the Aggies. LaToya Rose added 14 and Janae Derrick 12.

Home Court Streak
Texas Tech has the longest current home-court winning streak in Division I women's basketball. Tech has won 41-straight home games will play again in Lubbock on Feb. 10. Kent has 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 freshman Jia Perkins, who is averaging 13.7 points per game. Sophomore Plenette Pierson is averaging 13.4 points a game, while senior Katrisa O'Neal and junior Amber Tarr are averaging 11.6 and 10.9, respectively. Pierson is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.8 boards a game followed by junior Tanisha Ellison at 6.7. Freshman Dionne Brown has a team-high 61.7 field goal percentage, while freshman Jolee Ayers is shooting 51.3 percent and Ellison at 50 percent. Perkins has team highs of 81 assists and 53 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 24 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line.

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.

Fifth Double-Double for Pierson
Sophomore Plenette Pierson recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 25 points and 14 rebounds against Texas A&M Feb. 3. It was her second double-double in three games and her second double-double against Texas A&M this year.

Jackson, Ayers Step It Up
Freshmen Casey Jackson and Jolee Ayers each scored a career-high 17 points in the victory over Texas A&M Feb. 3. Jackson also played a career-high 30 minutes.

Underclassmen Lead the Way
In the win over Texas A&M Feb. 3, sophomore Plenette Pierson and the five freshmen, Jolee Ayers, Dionne Brown, Casey Jackson, Jia Perkins and Natalie Ritchie combined to scored 83 of the 92 points Tech scored in the game. Pierson led the way with 25 followed by Perkins with 20 and Ayers and Jackson with 17 apiece.

Season High Shooting
Texas Tech's 53.2 field goal percent against Texas A&M Feb. 3 marked a season high for the Lady Raiders. Tech went 33-of-62 from the field. The Lady Raiders also made a season-high 26 free throws.

No. 450
Head coach Marsha Sharp recorded her 450th career victory with a 72-41 win over Kansas State on Jan. 31.

Perkins Pours in Career High
Freshman Jia Perkins poured in a career-high 27 points as she sank a career-high six three-point baskets in the Tech's 72-41 triumph over Kansas State Jan. 31. Perkins' previous career high was 23 points which she had against Baylor on Jan. 10.

The Future's So Bright...
The freshman did it again for the Lady Raiders as four of five freshman combined for 52 of Tech's 72 points against Kansas State Jan. 31. Jia Perkins led the way with 27 points followed by Natalie Ritchie with 10, Jolee Ayers with eight and Dionne Brown with seven.

Big Boards for Ayers
Freshman Jolee Ayers pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in Tech's win over Kansas State Jan. 31. Her previous career high was seven which she had done twice this season.

Katrisa `O'Steal' Breaks Record
Senior Katrisa O'Neal is now Texas Tech's all-time career leader in steals with 320. 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.

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.

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.

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 Feb. 3, 14,220 fans were in attendance for Tech's 92-79 victory over Texas A&M, which was the largest crowd at United Spirit Arena this season and the fourth largest attendance since the USA opened last season.

No Place Like Home
Texas Tech has won 36-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 168 weeks. That includes the Feb. 5 rankings of 10th by USA Today/ESPN poll and 11th 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 all 12 players hail from the state of Texas.




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