Lady Raiders To Host The Sooners On Saturday

Plenette Pierson and the Lady Raiders will take on Oklahoma this Saturday.

Plenette Pierson and the Lady Raiders will take on Oklahoma this Saturday.
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Feb. 15, 2001

#11/14 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (19-4, 10-2 Big 12)
#10 Oklahoma Sooners (20-4, 11-1 Big 12)

February 17, 2001 * Lubbock, Texas * 1 p.m.
* Fox Sports Net *
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Today's Game
No. 11/14 Texas Tech (19-4/10-2) takes on No. 10 Oklahoma (20-4/11-1) today at 1 p.m. at United Spirit Arena. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. It is the 22nd meeting between the two schools.

Scouting the Opponent
Oklahoma enters the game with a 20-4 overall record and 11-1 in the Big 12 after beating Kansas State, 79-60, last Wednesday. In that game, junior Stacey Dales scored a game-high 20 points, while junior LaNeishea Caufield added 16 and junior Jamie Talbert had 12. Sophomore Caton Hill grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and Dales dished out a game-high 12 assists.

On the year, Caufield paces the Sooners in scoring with a 17.6 average followed by Dales at 16.5 and Hill at 12.9. Hill is the top rebounder, grabbing 9.2 boards per outing. Dales has a team-high 181 assists, while Caufield leads the Sooners in steals with 109. Junior Jennifer Cunningham is the top shot blocker with 26 blocks. The Sooners are shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 39.6 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line.

Sherri Coale is in her fifth season at the helm of the Sooners, establishing a record of 73-67.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds a 17-4 advantage over Oklahoma after OU won the first meeting this year, 84-66, Jan. 28. Last season, each team won on its home court. In the first meeting last season, OU was victorious, 82-76, Jan. 8. Tech then won at home, 86-81, Feb. 19. The Lady Raiders are 10-0 in Lubbock vs. Oklahoma.

Last Time vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 28, 2001 - Caton Hill scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, leading No. 12 Oklahoma to an 84-66 win over No. 9 Texas Tech.

Stacey Dales added 21 points and six assists, while LaNeishea Caufield scored 19 points for the Sooners.

Oklahoma never trailed after taking an 8-0 lead over the Lady Raiders.

Texas Tech missed its first five shots and committed two turnovers during that stretch. The Sooners led 39-27 at halftime.

Oklahoma's defense held Texas Tech to 37 percent shooting from the field. Meanwhile, the Sooners shot 59 percent.

Natalie Ritchie's 3-pointer with 5:51 left cut Oklahoma's lead to 65-55, the closest Tech would get the rest of the way. Ritchie came off the bench to finish with a career-high 15 points.

Jia Perkins had 15 points and Plenette Pierson scored 12 and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for Texas Tech.

A Win Today Would...

  • give Tech a 20-4 overall record and a 11-2 mark in the Big 12.
  • mark Tech's 12-straight 20-win season.
  • give Tech's its first win on Fox Sports Net this season.
  • give Marsha Sharp her 454th career victory.

    A Look Ahead
    Texas Tech goes 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 453-138 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) - Plenette Pierson scored 19 points as No. 14 Texas Tech beat Kansas 49-45 on Wednesday night.

    Pierson scored 13 points in the second half to help Texas Tech (19-4, 10-2 Big 12) to their victory ever at Kansas. Katrisa O'Neal added nine points and six steals for the Lady Raiders.

    Jaclyn Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds for Kansas (9-14, 3-9).

    Kansas had 31 turnovers and shot 33 percent shooting from the field. The Raiders turned the ball over 21 times and shot 36 percent.

    Team Leaders
    Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson, who is averaging 13.5 points a game. Freshman Jia Perkins is averaging 12.7 points, while senior Katrisa O'Neal and junior Amber Tarr are averaging 11.2 and 10.4 points, respectively. Pierson is the top rebounder as she is averaging 7.6 boards a game followed by junior Tanisha Ellison at 6.7. Freshman Dionne Brown has a team-high 54.9 field goal percentage, while Ellison is shooting 51.1 percent and Pierson is at 49.3 percent. Perkins has a team high of 87 assists and O'Neal has a team-high 62 steals. Pierson is the top shot blocker with 29 blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 68.3 percent from the free throw line.

    NCAA Statistical Leaders
    As of games through Feb. 12, junior Amber Tarr ranks 21st in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 42.6. As a team, the Lady Raiders rank 12th in scoring margin at 16.2, 13th in scoring defense at 58.2 and 21st in three-point field goal percentage at 38.0.

    First Win in Lawrence
    Texas Tech's 49-45 win over Kansas Feb. 14 marked the first time the Lady Raiders had won in Lawrence, Kan. Tech is now 4-3 against the Jayhawks and 1-2 in Lawrence.

    High to Low to High
    After shooting a then 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. The Lady Raiders then came out against Kansas in the following game Feb. 14 and shot a new season-high from the line of 85.7 percent, hitting 12-of-14 free throw attempts.

    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.

    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 331. 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.

    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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