No. 7 Lady Raiders Visit Missouri Tuesday

Katrisa O'Neal and No. 7 Texas Tech battle conference foe Missouri on the road Tuesday.

Katrisa O'Neal and No. 7 Texas Tech battle conference foe Missouri on the road Tuesday.
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Feb. 7, 2000

LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 7/9 Texas Tech will travel to Missouri, Tuesday, Feb. 8 for a 7 p.m. game at the Hearnes Center. It will be the fifth meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 18-2 mark and 6-2 in Big 12 play. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.9 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 13.8, senior Keitha Dickerson at 11.8 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 112 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 14 blocks and O'Neal has 72 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from the three-point arc and 60.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Missouri enters the game with a 14-6 record and 4-5 in the Big 12 after winning at Kansas State, 72-68, last Saturday. In that game, sophomore Natalie Bright had a game-high 24 points followed by senior Amy Monsees with 12, junior Amanda Lassiter with 11 and senior Julie Helm and junior Marlena Williams with 10 points apiece. Bright and Lassiter each had five rebounds and Monsees finished with four assists. The Tigers shot 50 percent (28-56) from the field, 33.3 percent (3-9) from the three-point arc and 59.1 percent (13-22) from the free throw line.

On the year, Lassiter paces Missouri in scoring with a 14.1 averaged followed by Helm at 11.9, Williams at 11.7 and Monsees at 10.4. Lassiter is also the top rebounder, grabbing 5.6 boards per outing. She also has team highs of 71 assists, 53 blocks and 58 steals.

The Tigers are shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Cindy Stein is in her second season at the helm of the Tigers, establishing a record of 27-21. She is also in her fifth season as a head coach with a 92-46 record.

Series Record
It is the fifth meeting between Texas Tech and Missouri with Tech holding a 4-0 advantage. Last year, the Lady Raider were victorious 74-68 in Lubbock Feb. 13.

Missouri Tigers (14-6/4-5 Big 12) vs.
#7/9 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (18-2/7-2 Big 12)

February 8, 2000 - Columbia, Mo. - 7 p.m.
Hearnes Center (13,300)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (424-131, 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.)11.810.1.522.573
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)

Missouri Tigers
Head Coach: Cindy Stein (27-21, second season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-5Amy Monsees (6-0, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.)
F-24Amanda Lassiter (6-1, Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
C-55Marlena Williams (6-1, Jr., Peoria, Ill.)
G-32Natalie Bright (5-8, So., Des Moines, Iowa)
G-44Julie Helm (5-11, Sr., Washington, Ind.)

Last Year vs. Missouri

February 13, 1999 - Lubbock, Texas -- Angie Braziel poured in 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading Texas Tech to a 74-68 victory. Rene Hanebutt added 18 points, while Julie Lake and Keitha Dickerson each had nine points. Dickerson also pulled down nine rebounds. Kesha Bonds led Missouri with 18 points. The Lady Raiders shot 44.8 percent from the field to the Tigers' 48.1 percent. Missouri outrebounded Tech 36-35 and Tech committed 11 turnovers while Missouri had 20.

A Look Back
When senior Aleah Johnson moved inside, ninth-ranked Texas Tech surged ahead.

Johnson scored 11 of her 19 points during a four-minute stretch when she was posted inside as the Lady Raiders pulled away to beat Baylor 65-49 on Saturday night.

Johnson's breakaway layup tied it at 47 with about eight minutes left and started a game-ending 20-2 run by the Lady Raiders, who beat Baylor for the 35th straight time.

Johnson's scoring barrage - 11 of 12 Tech points during the first part of the run - ended with two free throws that made it 57-49 with 4:05 left. She hit 9-of-10 free throws in the stretch.

Baylor didn't hit another field goal after Mandy Hayworth's 15-footer provided a 47-45 lead with 8:51 left. Then Johnson took over.

Freshman Plenette Pierson added 15 points, and junior Katrisa O'Neal had 10 for the Lady Raiders. Nicole Collins led Baylor with 12 points, and Danielle Crockrom had 10.

Tech led 33-26 at halftime, but Baylor came back to tie it at 39 on a basket by Crockrom, which came just seconds after a 3-pointer by Collins. The teams then traded two-point leads until Tech's decisive run.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 424-131 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.

O'Neal Grabs Season High
Junior Katrisa O'Neal grabbed a season-high seven rebounds, just one shy of matching her career high of eight, in the Lady Raiders' win at Baylor Feb. 5. Her career high of eight came last year vs. Oklahoma Jan. 6.

Pierson Steals a Career High
Freshman Plenette Pierson tallied a career-high five steals in the victory at Baylor Feb. 5. Her previous career high was three, which she had done twice.

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 25 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 27 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.

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
Texas Tech will return 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. 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
Feb. 16Kansas State at ColordaoFSN8 p.m.
Feb. 19Oklahoma at Texas Techespn21 p.m.
Feb. 19Kansas State at KansasFSN3 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 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: 18-2

    Double-Figure Scoring Games: Johnson 16, Dickerson 15, Pierson 15, O'Neal 13, Schmucker-Pharies 5, Ellison 3, Tarr 2, Nagle 1

    Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 11, Pierson 4, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Johnson 7, Pierson 6, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 2

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

    Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 13, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


    TECH TOTALS40-63.635


    Ahead at halftime:15-09-06-0
    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:13-17-06-1
    Outshooting opponents:15-08-07-0
    Outrebounding opponents:13-07-06-0
    Outrebounded by opponents:5-23-02-2
    Fewer turnovers than opponents:16-210-06-2
    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: 7 wins Tuesdays: 2-0 Fridays: 2-0 Saturdays: 6-1



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