No. 8 Lady Raiders Play Game Two Of Three-Game Homestand

Senior Keitha Dickerson and No. 8 Texas Tech battle Nebraska Wednesday at the United Spirit Arena.

Senior Keitha Dickerson and No. 8 Texas Tech battle Nebraska Wednesday at the United Spirit Arena.
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Feb. 15, 2000

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LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 8/12 Texas Tech will host Nebraska on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It will be the seventh meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 19-3 mark and 8-3 in Big 12 play. Senior Aleah Johnson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 13.8 average followed by freshman Plenette Pierson at 13.4, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.0 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 11.3. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.3 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 120 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 15 blocks and O'Neal has 79 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from the three-point arc and 59.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Nebraska enters the game with a 12-10 record and 6-5 in Big 12 play after defeating No. 23 Kansas 75-72 last Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. In that game, senior Nicole Kubik led all players with 29 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman Paige Sutton added 11 points and senior Charlie Rogers chipped in 10. Kubik also led the Huskers in assists with four and steals with five. Nebraska shot 43.3 percent (29-67) from the field, 23.1 percent (3-13) from three-point range and 77.8 percent (14-18) from the free throw line.

On the year, Kubik paces the Cornhuskers in scoring with a 17.0 average followed by senior Brooke Schwartz at 13.5 and junior Casey Leonhardt at 10.1. Rogers is the top rebounder, grabbing 8.3 boards per outing, while Kubik has team highs of 129 assists and 68 steals. Leonhardt is the top shot blocker with 33 blocks.

Nebraska is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from the three-point arc and 69.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Paul Sanderford is in his third season at the helm of the Huskers, establishing a 56-32 record. He is also in his 18th season as a head coach with a 421-152 record.

Series Record
It is the seventh meeting between Texas Tech and Nebraska with the Lady Raiders holding a 4-2 advantage overall and in the Marsha Sharp era. Tech won both meetings last year with a 75-62 triumph in Lincoln, Neb. Feb. 21 and in a 77-59 victory in the semi-finals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament March 4 in Kansas City, Mo. The last time Nebraska won was on Feb. 9, 1997 in a 62-57 victory in Lincoln.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-10/6-5 Big 12) vs.
#8/12 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (19-3/8-3 Big 12)

February 16, 2000 - Lubbock, Texas. - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (425-132, 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.)
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)

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Head Coach: Paul Sanderford (56-32, third season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-21Brooke Schwartz (5-9, Sr., Gering, Neb.)
F-34Naciska Gilmore (6-0, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.)
C-33Charlie Rogers (6-2, Sr., South Sioux City, Neb.)
G-4Melody Peterson (5-9, Jr., Pasadena, Calif.)
G-32Nicole Kubik (5-10, Sr., Cambridge, Neb.)

Last Year vs. Nebraska

February 21, 1999 - Lincoln, Neb. - Rene Hanebutt poured in 33 points, while Angie Braziel added 21 points and 12 rebounds in leading Texas Tech to a 75-62 victory. Keitha Dickerson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nebraska was led by Nicole Kubik with 17 points. Tech shot 34.9 percent from the field as Nebraska shot 34.8 percent. Both teams each had 47 rebounds. The Lady Raiders committed 18 turnovers to the Cornhuskers' 20.

March 4, 1999 - Kansas City, Mo. - Angie Braziel scored 19 points and Julie Lake added 17 points en route to a 77-59 triumph. Rene Hanebutt chipped in 11 points, while Keitha Dickerson had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Nicole Kubik led Nebraksa with 19 points. Tech shot 48.9 percent from the field as the Cornhuskers shot 35.5 percent. The Lady Raiders outrebounded Nebraska 41-31. Nebraska committed 15 turnovers to Tech's 19.

A Look Back
Freshman Plenette Pierson led three Lady Raiders in double figures with 15 points to give No. 7/9 Texas Tech a 58-44 victory over Texas A&M last Saturday.

Leading 27-18 at the half, Tech took command for good with a 13-4 burst in the opening minutes of the second half. Pierson did much of the damage, scoring four times inside and adding a free throw that helped push the Lady Raiders to a 40-22 lead with just more than 14 minutes remaining.

But the Lady Raiders had their problems. After junior Katrisa O'Neal's free throw with 11:41 remaining, Tech went scoreless for more than five minutes, allowing the Aggies to pull within 44-32 on a pair of free throws by Meg Banahan.

A&M's scoring spree got Tech's attention. Pierson, O'Neal and senior Keitha Dickerson combined to score the Lady Raiders' next 15 points while Tech's defense silenced A&M en route to a 58-37 lead.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 425-132 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 Feb. 7, Texas Tech leads the nation in scoring defense at 52.2. Tech is also sixthth in won-lost percentage (.900) and 14th in scoring margin (16.3)

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 13th in steals with a 3.6 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 22nd in rebounding with a 10.1 average.

28 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 28-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 28-1 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.

Looking for 11th Straight 20-Win Season
Texas Tech needs just one more win for its 11th straight 20-win season and its 15th 20-win season under head coach Marsha Sharp. During the Sharp era, Tech has compiled three 30-win seasons, including last year's record of 30-4.

10th and 11th Double-Double for Dickerson
Senior Keitha Dickerson recorded her 10th double-double of the season at Missouri Feb. 8 as she scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Lady Raiders' 52-49 loss in Columbia, Mo. Dickerson then came back and chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season vs. Texas A&M, which was her third in four games.

Season Low for Lady Raiders
Texas Tech shot just 38.1 percent from the free throw line in the loss at Missouri Feb. 8. It was the lowest free throw percentage of the year as Tech was 8-for-21 from the charity stripe and did not shoot a free throw in the second half. Also, Tech's 33.9 percent from the field was the second lowest on the year. The Lady Raiders only shot 23.8 percent at Iowa State Jan. 2.

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.

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 17 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 20 steals to tie Noel Johnson (91-95) for second on the Lady Raiders' all-time career list for steals at 264.

Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 25-home game winning streak. Tech's streak ranks them fourth among NCAA Division I home-court winning streaks. Grambling currently has the number one streak at 64 games.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will return to the United Spirit Arena on Feb. 19 vs. Oklahoma at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on espn2. Tech will then travel to Texas on Feb. 23 and to Oklahoma State Feb. 26. Both games will start at 7 p.m. The last regular season game will be at the United Spirit Arena on Feb. 29 vs. Baylor at 7 p.m.

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 149 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of eighth in the USA Today/ESPN and 12th by the AP.

Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule

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 15. 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: 19-3

    Double-Figure Scoring Games: Johnson 18, Dickerson 17, Pierson 16, O'Neal 13, Schmucker-Pharies 5, Ellison 3, Tarr 2, Nagle 1

    Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 13, Pierson 4, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Johnson 8, Pierson 7, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 2

    Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 16, Pierson 3, Johnson 1

    Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 15, O'Neal 6, Dickerson 4, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


    TECH TOTALS40-63.635


    Ahead at halftime:16-110-06-1
    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:14-28-06-2
    Outshooting opponents:16-09-07-0
    Outrebounding opponents:13-17-06-1
    Outrebounded by opponents:6-24-02-2
    Fewer turnovers than opponents:17-311-06-3
    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: 1 win Tuesdays: 2-1 Fridays: 2-0 Saturdays: 7-1



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