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Jia Perkins and the rest of the Lady Raiders take on Kansas Wednesday.

Jia Perkins and the rest of the Lady Raiders take on Kansas Wednesday.
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Feb. 12, 2001

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Tonight's Game
No. 11/14 Texas Tech (18-4/9-2) takes on Kansas (9-13/3-8) tonight at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. It is the seventh meeting between the two schools.

#11/14 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (18-4, 9-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (9-13, 3-8 Big 12)
February 14, 2001 -- Lawrence, Kan. -- 7 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)

Scouting the Opponent
Kansas enters the game with a 9-13 overall record and 3-8 in the Big 12 after losing at Missouri, 89-84, in overtime last Saturday. In that game, senior Jaclyn Johnson led the Jayhawks with 20 points, while senior Brooke Reves added 14, junior KC Hilgenkamp had 13 and senior Jennifer Jackson finished with 12. Johnson also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out five assists.

On the year, Johnson paces the Jayhawks in scoring with a 16.5 average followed by Reves at 14.2 and Jackson at 10.4. Johnson is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.6 boards per outing. Jackson leads the team in assists with 72, while Johnson has a team-high 48 steals. Johnson is also the top shot blocker with 20 blocks. On the year, the Jayhawks are shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 65.3 percent from the free throw line.

Marian Washington is in her 28th year at the helm of the Jayhawks, establishing a 532-300 record.

Series Record
It is the seventh meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas with the series tied at 3-3. Last year, the Lady Raiders were victorious, 76-56, in Lubbock on Jan. 22. Kansas was victorious the last time in Lawrence, 55-45, Jan. 23, 1999. Tech is 0-2 in Lawrence.

Last Time vs. Kansas
Jan. 22, 2000 - Aleah Johnson scored 21 points and Plenette Pierson had 17 as No. 15 Texas Tech beat No. 23 Kansas 76-56.

Katrisa O'Neal and Tanisha Ellison each added 10 points for Texas Tech, which shot 50 percent from the field and held Kansas to 35 percent shooting.

Brooke Reves and Suzi Raymant each scored 12 points for Kansas and Jaclyn Johnson had 11 rebounds.

A Win Tonight Would...
...give Tech a 19-4 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the Big 12.

...give Tech's its first win in Lawrence, Kan.

...give Marsha Sharp her 453rd career victory.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech 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 452-138 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) - JoRuth Woods and Kenya Larkin each scored 15 points Saturday to lead No. 21 Texas to a 63-57 win over No. 11 Texas Tech, halting the

Lady Raiders' home winning streak at 41.
Texas (18-7, 6-5 Big 12) charged to an early lead and led by five at halftime.

Tech (18-4, 9-2) closed within one point, 42-41, with 10:16 to play. Texas countered with a 12-2 run for its biggest lead of the game, 54-43, with 6:21 to play.

Amber Tarr hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Raiders, sparking an 11-5 run that rallied Tech to within two points, 59-57, with one minute remaining.

Tarr missed a 3-pointer in the final minute, Tech was forced to foul, and Texas hit four of six free throws to secure the win.

Tai Dillard scored 14 points for Texas, while Stacy Stephens added 12.

Tech was led by Tarr's 15 points. Jia Perkins added 14.

It was Texas' first win in Lubbock since a 76-75 victory over Tech on Jan. 20, 1993.

Team Leaders
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson and freshman Jia Perkins, who are both averaging 13.3 points a game. Senior Katrisa O'Neal and junior Amber Tarr are averaging 11.3 and 10.8 points, respectively. Pierson is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.7 boards a game followed by junior Tanisha Ellison at 6.8. Freshman Dionne Brown has a team-high 57.4 field goal percentage, while Ellison is shooting 52.4 percent and freshman Jolee Ayers is at 49.4 percent. Perkins has team highs of 84 assists and 57 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 28 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44 percent from the field, 38 percent from three-point range and 67.9 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.

Streak Stopped
Texas Tech's 41-game home court winning streak came to a halt as the Lady Raiders lost at home against Texas, 63-57, Feb. 10. It also marked their first loss in the United Spirit Arena since it opened in Nov. 1999.

Second Big 12 Loss at Home
The Lady Raiders suffered their second ever Big 12 loss at home against Texas Feb. 10. The only other Big 12 game Tech has lost in Lubbock was against Oklahoma State, 78-56, Jan. 8, 1997.

High to Low
After shooting a season-high 84.2 percent from the free throw line at Baylor Feb. 7, Texas Tech then shot a season-low 47.1 percent from the charity stripe in its next game against Texas Feb. 10.

Largest Crowd of the Season
Texas Tech had 14,852 fans in attendance for the game against Texas Feb. 10. It was the largest home crowd of the season and the third largest crowd ever at the United Spirit Arena.

TV Jinx?
Texas Tech is 1-3 this year for games played on television. The only win came at Nebraska in which the game was broadcasted in Lincoln, Neb. and Lubbock by NETV. Tech has lost two games on Fox Sports Net: vs. NC State in Austin, Texas Dec. 9 and at Oklahoma Jan. 28. The Lady Raiders' other television loss came on espn2 against Texas Feb. 10. Three of the remaining five regular-season games will be broadcasted by Fox Sports Net (Oklahoma Feb. 17, at Texas Feb. 24 and Iowa State Feb. 28).

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. And then in her second game back against Texas Feb. 10, she recorded 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.

Perkins Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week, Again
Freshman Jia Perkins was named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week Feb. 5. In the week prior, she averaged 23.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. She scored a career-high 27 points against Kansas State Jan. 31 and then poured in 20 points against Texas A&M Feb. 3. On the week, she shot 64.2 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. Perkins was also named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week Jan. 15.

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 325. 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.

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.

Tech vs. the Top 25
Texas Tech is now 4-3 against teams ranked in the top 25 after losing to No. 20 Texas Feb. 10. 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 and No. 12 Oklahoma.

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 169 weeks. That includes the Feb. 12 rankings of 11th by USA Today/ESPN poll and 14th 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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