Texas Tech Hosts Iowa State Tuesday Night

Erin Grant (file photo) and the Lady Raiders take on Iowa State Tuesday.

Erin Grant (file photo) and the Lady Raiders take on Iowa State Tuesday.
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#13/12 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (16-4/7-2 Big 12)
#14/18 Iowa State Cyclones (18-2/8-1 Big 12)

February 8, 2005 • Lubbock, Texas • 7 p.m.
Television..Texas Tech Television Network
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

The Game
No. 13/12 Texas Tech (16-4/7-2) hosts No. 14/18 Iowa State (18-2/8-1) Tues., Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It is the 11th meeting between the two programs. The Lady Raiders enter the game having won 10 of their last 12 games, while the Cyclones have just one loss in their last 16 contests.

On the Air
The game is being televised on the Texas Tech Television Network, locally on UPN Lubbock, as Vinnie Vinzetta (play-by-play) and Crystal Boles (color analyst) call the game. The game can be heard on the All Sports Radio Network, in Lubbock on KFYO-AM 790 and KKCL-FM 98.1, with play-by-play by Ryan Hyatt and Stephanie Gerber as the color analyst.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 16-4 and 7-2 in the Big 12 after falling to then No. 8/9 Baylor, 52- 49, last Saturday. On the year, four Lady Raiders are scoring in double figures led by sophomore Alesha Robertson at 14.4 and junior Chesley Dabbs at 13.8. Senior Cisti Greenwalt is averaging 13.6 points, while junior LaToya Davis is at 11.4 points a game. Davis is shooting a team and Big 12-high 62.3 percent from the field. Robertson is shooting 39.4 percent from behind the arc and 86.2 percent from the free throw line. Greenwalt is the top rebounder, grabbing 9.6 boards per outing. Junior Erin Grant has team highs of 129 assists and 28 steals and leads the Big 12 in assists per game at 6.79 and in assist/turnover ratio at 3.31. Greenwalt is the top shot blocker with 73 blocks and leads the conference in blocks per game at 3.65. Texas Tech is shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 71 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Iowa State enters the game with an 18-2 overall record and stands alone in first place in the Big 12 with an 8-1 mark after beating then No. 13/14 Texas, 73-69, in Ames last Saturday. In that game, senior Anne O'Neil and sophomore Lyndsey Medders each scored a team-high 19 points, while senior Katie Robinette added 14 and sophomore Megan Ronhovde chipped in 12. Ronhovde also had eight rebounds and O'Neil and Medders each collected five assists.

On the year, the Cyclones have four players scoring in double figures led by O'Neil at 17.4 and Robinette at 14.5. Ronhovde is averaging 11.0 points and senior Mary Fox is at 10.1. O'Neil is the top rebounder, averaging 7.0 boards per game. Medders has a team-high 114 assists, while O'Neil leads the team in steals with 31. Robinette is the top shot blocker with 31 blocks. Iowa State is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from behind the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.

Bill Fennelly is in his 10th year at the helm of the Cyclones establishing a record of 210-92. He is also in his 17th year as a head coach with a career record of 376-145.

Series Record
It is the 11th meeting between Texas Tech and Iowa State with the Lady Raiders having a 6-4 advantage over the Cyclones. Iowa State won last year's game, 64-63, Jan. 14, in Ames. Tech has won two of the last three contests, including the last contest in Lubbock, 70-48, Feb. 9, 2003. The Lady Raiders are 4-0 against the Cyclones in Lubbock.

A Win Against Iowa State Would...
..give Tech a 17-4 record, and 8-2 in the Big 12
..give Tech a 7-4 record against the Cyclones
..give head coach Marsha Sharp her 550th career win

Last Time vs. Iowa State
Jan. 14, 2004 - (AP) - Anne O'Neil hit a 15-foot jump shot with two-tenths of a second to play, lifting Iowa State to a 64-63 victory that ended secondranked Texas Tech's 15-game winning streak.

O'Neil, who had 16 of her 20 points in the second half, missed the first of two free throws, but made the second to give Iowa State a 62-61 lead with 18 seconds remaining.

A jump shot by Jia Perkins with eight seconds left gave Texas Tech a 63-62 lead. But O'Neil brought the ball up, drove to the left side of the free-throw line and connected on just her sixth field goal in 20 attempts to give the Cyclones the victory.

Texas Tech guard Erin Grant didn't like what she saw up close. But Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp didn't blame Grant, saying O'Neil probably should have been double-teamed before the play began. Texas Tech called a time out, but failed to get a shot off before the horn sounded.

Reserve Katie Robinette had 12 of her 18 points for Iowa State in the second half. Casey Jackson led Texas Tech with 13 points and Perkins had 11. Robinette added five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Texas Tech led 28-26 at halftime and opened a 43-33 advantage with 12:40 remaining. But Iowa State outscored the Lady Raiders 18-6 over the next six minutes, capping the run with eight straight points to take a 51-48 lead with 6:50 to play.

Robinette and O'Neil scored all but four of Iowa State' points during the run, and the Cyclones made 10 consecutive free throws - five by Robinette and four by O'Neil.

The Lady Raiders made just 21 of 30 free throws and missed six of eight attempts before Grant connected twice with 22 seconds left to tie the game at 61-61.

Last Time Out
(AP) - Sophia Young scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Baylor past No. 12 Texas Tech 52-49 on Saturday night.

It marked the 30th straight game that Young has scored in double figures. Steffanie Blackmon had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who won in Lubbock for the first time since 1982.

Baylor (17-3, 7-2 Big 12) led most of the way and never trailed after the 11:27 mark of the second half.

Tech freshman Judith Smith provided a spark off the bench in the second half, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Baylor's lead to 39-38 with 6:06 left. But those 3s came nearly four minutes apart, sandwiched around only a free throw by Tech.

Baylor then put together a 7-2 run to lead 46-40 with 3:21 remaining. A 3- pointer by Tech's Erin Grant cut the lead to 48-47 with 1:02 left. Chameka Scott came back with a 3 to put the Lady Bears up by 51-47. Grant had a layup to draw to 51-49 with 28.6 remaining, but a free throw by Emily Niemann provided the final margin.

Grant's 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim. It was Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson's first win in Lubbock in five outings. Grant scored 11 points and Chesley Dabbs added nine for Tech (16-4, 7-2 Big 12).

The Lady Raiders led 20-19 at halftime, with each team posting a seasonlow for first-half points.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech travels to Texas Feb. 13 for a 4:20 p.m. tip-off on ESPN2 and then plays at Kansas Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders will face Texas A&M in Lubbock Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. on the Texas Tech Television Network and play at Oklahoma Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Tech will host its final home game of the year on Feb. 26 against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on the Texas Tech Television Network. The Lady Raiders conclude regular-season play at Baylor March 3 at 7:30 p.m. on FSN.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Jan. 31, Texas Tech ranks second in scoring margin at 24.9, second in field goal percentage defense at 32.2, second in blocked shots per game at 8.0, third in scoring defense at 51.2, fourth in turnovers per game at 13.2, seventh in assists per game at 18.4, eighth in scoring offense at 76.2, eighth in rebound margin at 9.3, 14th in field goal percentage at 46.0, 16th in won-lost percentage at 84.2 and 18th in personal fouls per game at 14.0, among all NCAA Division I teams. Senior Cisti Greenwalt ranks sixth in blocked shots per game at 3.8 and 18th in rebounding at 10.1; junior Erin Grant ranks third in assists per game at 7.0; and junior LaToya Davis ranks eighth in field goal percentage at 63.4, among all NCAA Division I players.

Sellout Crowd
Texas Tech had its first sellout crowd of the season against Baylor Feb. 5. There were 15,050 fans in attendance for the game, marking Tech's eighth sellout for women's basketball since the United Spirit Arena opened in 1999. The Lady Raiders are averaging 12,578 fans a game which ranks third in the country.

Grant and Davis Put Up Double Digits
Junior Erin Grant scored 11 points versus the Lady Bears for her fourth game of the year in double-digit scoring, while junior LaToya Davis grabbed 11 rebounds, which was her fifth game of the season with 10 or more rebounds.

Smith Ties Career-High 3s
Freshman Judith Smith tied her career-high two three-point baskets against Baylor. She has hit two three-pointers in a game three times this season. Smith also tied her career-high two steals.

Davis Matches Season-High Blocks
Junior LaToya Davis tied her season high of two blocks against the Lady Bears. Davis has had two blocks on three occasions this year. Greenwalt Gets More Double-Doubles and Ties Career High Scoring Senior Cisti Greenwalt recorded her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds against Missouri, and 26 points and 16 rebounds at Texas A&M. The 26 points tied her career high in scoring, while the 16 rebounds were a season high. Greenwalt now has 19 career double-doubles.

Griffin Named Co-Big 12 Rookie of the Week
Freshman Darrice Griffin was named Co-Big 12 Rookie of the Week for games played Jan. 24-30. Griffin averaged 8.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in wins over Missouri and at Texas A&M. She had career highs of 12 rebounds and five blocks against the Aggies in her first career start for the Lady Raiders.

Career Assists for Grant
Junior Erin Grant dished out a career-high 15 assists at Texas A&M. Her previous career high was 14 on two occasions. Grant is on pace to break the school record for career assists this season.

Dabbs Stops Drought
Junior Chesley Dabbs stopped a two-game scoring drought of 10 or fewer points in a game when she poured in 17 at Texas A&M. Dabbs has scored in double figures in 13 of 19 games this season.

Grant to Second
After the Missouri game, junior Erin Grant moved to second on Texas Tech's career assists list with 572. Grant passed Krista Kirkland-Gerlich (1989-93) who tallied 553 assists in her career. Standing in first is Melinda Schmucker- Pharies (1996-00) with 603.

Few Turnovers
The Lady Raiders turned the ball over just seven times against the Wildcats tying their season best. They also had seven turnovers against Miami in December.

Dabbs Getting Minutes
For the second time this season, junior Chesley Dabbs played all 40 minutes of a game. Dabbs played 40 minutes against the Wildcats last week and at Stanford in November, while playing 44 of the 45 minutes against Virginia Tech in December.

Season Low Shooting
Texas Tech shot just 36.2 percent from the field against Kansas State, marking it lowest shooting percentage of the season. Tech was 21-of-58 for the night.

Double Duty for Davis
Junior LaToya Davis registered her third double-double of the season at Nebraska with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was the eighth double-double of her career.

Career High 3s for Grant
Junior Erin Grant hit a career-high three three-point baskets in the win at Nebraska. Grant was 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She finished the night with 16 points.

Field Goal Percentage
Texas Tech put together three-straight games of shooting over 50 percent from the field. The Lady Raiders shot a season-high 57.1 percent (32-of-56) at Oklahoma State, 50.8 percent (30-of-59) against Texas and 55 percent (33- of-60) at Colorado. Tech has shot 50 percent or better on seven occasions this season.

Career High for Dabbs
Junior Chesley Dabbs scored a career-high 22 points in Texas Tech's win at Colorado. Her previous career-high was 21 against Ole Miss earlier this season.

Griffin Gets Career Numbers vs. Buffs
Freshman Darrice Griffin tied her career-high 10 rebounds at Colorado. It was the second time in her career to have 10 rebounds in a game, the other coming against Miami in December. She also recorded a career-high three blocks against the Buffs.

100th Big 12 Win
Texas Tech got its 100th Big 12 regular-season win Jan. 12 in a 79-62 triumph over Texas. Tech is the first school in the Big 12 to get 100 regularseason wins in league play. The Lady Raiders are 104-33 in the Big 12.

5-0 Start
Texas Tech started off Big 12 play 5-0 before suffering its first league loss. The 5-0 start was the fourth time the Lady Raiders went 5-0 to begin Big 12 play. Tech started off 5-0 or better in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

Tech Gets First Top 25 Win
Texas Tech's 79-62 win over No. 12/11 Texas Jan. 12 was the first win for the Lady Raiders against a ranked team this season. Tech's other games versus a ranked opponent were against then No. 7/5 Stanford, in which Tech lost 61-58, Nov. 28 in Santa Clara, Calif., the 55-53 loss to then No. 20/18 Kansas State Jan. 22, and a 52-49 loss to then No. 8/9 Baylor.

Freshman Erin Myrick came off the bench against Texas Jan. 12 to grab a career high of seven rebounds. Myrick played 14 quality minutes in the Lady Raiders' win. Her previous high was six rebounds on three occasions this season.

Baughman Sinks Career High 3s Sophomore Brooke Baughman sank a career-high three three-pointers at Oklahoma State Jan. 8. Baughman was 3-for-3 behind the arc in that game.

Tournament Honors
Senior Cisti Greenwalt was named the MVP of the Las Vegas Duel in the Desert tournament, while teammates junior Chesley Dabbs and sophomore Alesha Robertson were named to the alltournament team.

Big 12 Player of the Week
Sophomore Alesha Robertson was named the Big 12 Player of the Week Dec. 13, for her performances Dec. 6- 12. During that time she set the school record for most three-point baskets made in a game when she hit nine en route to scoring a career-high 37 points against Miami Dec. 6. For the week, she averaged 22.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 57.7 percent from the three-point arc and 93.8 percent from the free throw line.

Tech Holds Ole Miss to Record-Low Shooting Percentage
Texas Tech held Ole Miss to just 16.2 percent from the field which set a new school record for lowest field goal percentage by an opponent. The previous low was 16.9 percent by SMU last year.

School Record 3s
Sophomore Alesha Robertson set the school record for most three-point shots made in a game with nine against Miami en route to scoring a career-high 37 points. The previous record was eight set last season by Natalie Ritchie against Oklahoma State. Robertson was 9-for-12 from three-point range.

Big 12 Career Block Leader
Senior Cisti Greenwalt is now the Big 12 Conference's all-time leader in blocked shots with 268. She passed Britt Hartshorn of Colorado (1999-02), who had 208, as the league's career leader in blocks. Greenwalt set the Texas Tech school record last season.

100-Point Game
Texas Tech scored 109 points in its victory over Miami Dec. 6. Last season, Tech scored at least 100 points on two occasions: 100 vs. Pacific Dec. 8, 2003 and 106 vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 10, 2004. The 2003-04 season was the first time Tech had scored 100-plus points more than once in the same season since 1994-95. The 109 points versus Miami marks the 11th season Tech has accomplished the feat of scoring 100 or more points in a game. During 1992-93, Tech scored 100 or more points on six occasions, which is the most of any Lady Raider season.

First Time for Everything
For the first time in school history, Texas Tech welcomes its first international player and first California natives to its roster. Sophomore Patrice Edwards hails from Trinidad-Tobago, West Indies, while freshman Erin Myrick is from Duarte, Calif., and freshman Judith Smith comes from Long Beach, Calif.

Naismith Candidates
Junior Erin Grant and sophomore Alesha Robertson were selected preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy. Grant, a native of Arlington, Texas, was a second team All-Big 12 selection in 2004 after averaging 8.3 points and 6.5 assists per game. She currently ranks second on Tech's career list for assists with 572 and is on pace to break the school record (603) this season. Plainview, Texas, native Robertson is Tech's top returning scorer from last year as she averaged 12.4 points per contest. Robertson was honorable mention All- Big 12 last season.

Preseason Honors
Sophomore transfer Patrice Edwards was named the preseason Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by the league coaches, while junior Erin Grant and sophomore Alesha Robertson were named preseason honorable mention All-Big 12. Robertson was named preseason second team All-America by Women's Basketball News Service, Grant was named to the third team. Grant was also selected preseason honorable mention by Street & Smith's. Grant Among the Best at Her Position Junior Erin Grant was selected as one of the top five point guards in the country by ESPN.com. Joining Grant on the list were Jamie Carey (Texas), Dionnah Jackson (Oklahoma), Temeka Johnson (LSU) and Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers). Winning Percentage By Class The senior class, which consists of just one player - Cisti Greenwalt is 90-30 (.750) and 38-19 (.667) in the Big 12. The juniors post a 70-18 (.795) mark and 30-11 (.732) in the conference. The sophomore class is 41-12 (.774) and 17-8 (.680) in the league, while the freshmen are 16-4 (.800) and 7-2 (.778) in the Big 12.

On the Tube
Texas Tech will have 16 regular-season games televised this season. Those airing on FSN include: vs. Stanford (L, 61- 58), at Oklahoma State (W, 76-38), Kansas State (L, 55-53), at Texas A&M (W, 67-54) and at Baylor March 3. Tech played at Colorado (W, 87-410 FSN Rocky Mountain. The Lady Raiders will face Texas in Austin on Feb. 13 on ESPN2. The Texas Tech Television Network will broadcast Arkansas-Little Rock (W, 69-29), Oral Roberts (W, 79-46), Sacramento State (W, 83-37), Oklahoma (W, 70-64), Texas (W, 79-62), Missouri (W, 74-45), Iowa State Feb. 8, Texas A&M Feb. 19 and Oklahoma State Feb. 26.

Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press and/or the USA Today poll a total of 245 weeks. That includes the Feb. 7 polls in which Tech is ranked 13th in the Associated Press top 25 poll. Tech was 12th in the last USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches poll and this week's poll has yet to be released.

Follow the Lady Raiders
All Lady Raider basketball games can be heard live on the All Sports Radio Network on KFYO-AM 790 and KKCL-FM 98.1 locally. Listen to play-by-play by Ryan Hyatt as he takes the court with the Lady Raiders. The following radio stations will air the Lady Raider basketball games this season:

Amarillo - KIXZ-AM (940)
Haskell - KVRP-FM (97.1)
Hereford - KPAN-AM/FM (860/106.3)
Lamesa - KPET-AM (690)
Lubbock - KFYO-AM/KKCL-FM (790/98.1)
Midland - KMMD/KRIL-AM (1510/1410)
Plainview - KVOP-AM (1090)




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