Lady Raiders Host Texas Saturday Afternoon

Jolee Ayers has stepped up her game in conference play, averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per Big 12 contest.

Jolee Ayers has stepped up her game in conference play, averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per Big 12 contest.
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Feb. 8, 2001

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#10/11 Lady Raiders (18-3, 9-1 Big 12)
vs. #20/21 Texas Longhorns (17-7, 5-5 Big 12)
February 10, 2001 - Lubbock, Texas
5 p.m. - espn2
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Saturday's Game
No. 10/11 Texas Tech (18-3/9-1) takes on #20/21 Texas (17-7/5-5) Saturday at 5 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It will be the 61st meeting between the two teams. The game will be televised on espn2 with Nancy Liberman-Cline and Pam Ward calling the game.

Scouting the Opponent
Texas enters the game with a 17-7 overall record and 5-5 in the Big 12 after winning at Texas A&M, last Wednesday. In that game, junior Tracy Cook and sophomore Tai Dillard each scored a team-high 12 points, while senior JoRuth Woods added 11 and freshman Stacy Stephens had 10. Cook and Stephens each had 13 rebounds, while Dillard added 11. Junior Kenya Larkin dished out a game-high six assists.

On the year, Stephens paces the Longhorns in scoring with a 10.7 average followed by Dillard at 10.6 and Woods at 10.3. Stephens is also the top rebounder, grabbing 8.9 boards per outing. Larkin has team highs of 84 assists and 49 steals. Cook is the top shot blocker with 24 blocks. UT is shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.

Jody Conradt is in her 25th year at the helm of the Longhorns, establishing a record of 646-180. She is in her 32nd year has a head coach with a 763-242 overall record.

Series Record
It is the 61st meeting between Texas Tech and Texas as Tech with Texas holding a 45-15 advantage. Tech won two of three games last year: 73-44 in Lubbock on Feb. 3 and then again, 91-85, in double overtime in Austin Feb. 23 before losing to UT, 68-50, in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on March 9.

Last Time vs. Texas
March 9, 2001 - Sixth-seeded Texas continued its run of upsets in the Big 12 tournament with a 68-50 semifinal victory over second-seed and No. 6 Texas Tech after beating third-seed Oklahoma the previous night.

Keitha Dickerson led Texas Tech with 19 points - 13 in the first half - and eight rebounds.

Texas Tech, the two-time defending tournament champion, shot just 34 percent (17-for-50) from the floor and managed only one field goal in the final 12 1/2 minutes. The Longhorns shot 30-for-60, 50 percent.

Texas' JoRuth Woods' 18-footer at the buzzer gave Texas a 40-29 halftime lead, and she added five points in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half as the Longhorns padded that advantage to 51-33.

Aleah Johnson's basket with 9:05 left cut the margin to 59-47, but the Lady Raiders didn't score again for more than five minutes.

Texas also struggled to score down the stretch but was able to widen the margin to 66-47 before Dickerson hit two free throws to break Texas Tech's drought with 3:36 remaining.

A Win Today Would...
...give Tech an 19-3 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the Big 12.
...give Tech its fourth consecutive win.
...give Tech its fifth win over a top 25 opponent this season.
...give Tech a 2-2 record for television games this season (won against Nebraska on NETV, lost to NC State and Oklahoma on Fox Sports Net)
...give Marsha Sharp her 453rd career victory.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech 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. Tech will then go on the road for two games, Feb. 21 at Colorado at 8 p.m. CST and Feb. 24 at Texas at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. The Lady Raiders will wrap up the regular-season by hosting Iowa State on Feb. 28 at 8:30 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 452-137 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

- Plenette Pierson had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 11 Texas Tech to a 67-56 win over Baylor on Wednesday night.

Texas Tech (18-3, 9-1 Big 12) maintained its first-place standing in the conference by going on an 11-0 run early in first half to take a 25-14 lead. Jia Perkins keyed the run by making consecutive 3-pointers for her only points of the game.

Baylor (15-6, 4-6) never got any closer than seven points for the remainder of the game.

Tanisha Ellison had 11 points and six rebounds for the Lady Raiders.

Sheila Lambert scored 22 points and Monica Arnold had 12 and nine rebounds for Baylor.

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 sophomore Plenette Pierson, who is averaging 13.7 points per game. Freshman Jia Perkins is averaging 13.3 points a game, while senior Katrisa O'Neal and junior Amber Tarr are averaging 11.3 and 10.6, respectively. Pierson is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.9 boards a game followed by junior Tanisha Ellison at 6.7. Freshman Dionne Brown has a team-high 59.7 field goal percentage, while Ellison is shooting 51.9 percent and freshman Jolee Ayers is at 50.6 percent. Perkins has team highs of 82 assists and 55 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 26 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 68.6 percent from the free throw line.

NCAA Statistical Leaders
As of games through Feb. 5, junior Amber Tarr ranks second in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 48.1. As a team, the Lady Raiders rank eighth in scoring margin at 17.6, 10th in three-point field goal percentage at 39.7, 12th in won-lost percentage at .850 and 13th in scoring defense at 58.1.

Season High From the Charity Stripe
In Texas Tech's 67-55 win over Baylor Feb. 10, the Lady Raiders shot a season-high 84.2 percent from the free throw line. Tech connected on 16-of-19 free throw attempts. The team's previous season high was 83.3 percent, sinking 25-of-30 against Missouri Jan. 3.

Tarr Returns
After sitting out three games with a dislocated patella on her left leg, junior Amber Tarr returned to action against Baylor Feb. 7. Tarr came off the bench and played 25 minutes and recorded five points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal.

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.

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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