Lady Raiders Look For Revenge Against First-Place Oklahoma

Keitha Dickerson and the No. 12 Lady Raiders will look to down No. 20 Oklahoma in a nationally televised contest Saturday.

Keitha Dickerson and the No. 12 Lady Raiders will look to down No. 20 Oklahoma in a nationally televised contest Saturday.
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#18/20 Oklahoma Sooners (20-5/10-2 Big 12)
#8/12 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (20-3/9-3 Big 12)
February 19, 2000 - Lubbock, Texas. - 1 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Saturday's Game
No. 8/12 Texas Tech will No. 18/20 Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It will be the 20th meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 20-3 mark and 9-3 in Big 12 play. Senior Aleah Johnson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.0 average followed by freshman Plenette Pierson at 13.3, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.0 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 11.2. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.5 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 123 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 16 blocks and O'Neal has 82 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.0 percent from the field, 28.8 percent from the three-point arc and 59.8 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Oklahoma enters the game with a 20-5 record and 10-2 in Big 12 play after losing at home to Texas, 77-70, last Wednesday. In that game, senior Phylesha Whaley scored a game-high 31 points, while sophomore Stacey Dales added 12 and freshman Caton Hill 10. Hill also had a game-high 10 rebounds. Dales dished out six assists and sophomore LaNeisha Caufield recorded seven steals. OU shot 44.1 percent (30-68) from the field, 21.4 percent (3-14) from three-point range and 87.5 percent (16-19) from the free throw line.

On the year, Whaley paces the Sooners in scoring with a 20.5 average followed by Caufield at 13.8, Dales at 12.8 and Hill at 10.2. Whaley is also the top rebounder, grabbing 8.2 boards per outing. Dales has a team-high 155 assists, while Caufield leads the team in steals with 78. Hill is the top shot blocker with 10 blocks.

The Sooners are shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from the three-point arc and 74.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Sherri Coale is in her fourth season at the helm of the Sooners, establishing a record of 48-60.

Probable Starters
Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (426-132, 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

G-32Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas)
C-34Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas)
G-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)

Oklahoma Sooners
Head Coach: Sherri Coale (48-60, fourth season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-20LaNeishea Caufield (5-9, So., Ada, Okla.)
F-34Phylesha Whaley (5-10, Sr., Slaton, Texas)
C-10Caton Hill (6-1, Fr., Ada, Okla.)
G-13Sunny Hardeman (5-7, Jr., Norman, Okla.)
G-21Stacey Dales (6-0, So., Brockville, Ontario, Canada)

Series Record
It is the 20th meeting between Texas Tech and Oklahoma with Tech having a 16-3 advantage over OU and a 12-2 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. The Sooners won the first meeting this year, 82-76, in Norman, Okla. Jan. 8.

Last Time vs. Oklahoma
January 8, 2000 - Norman, Okla. - Phylesha Whaley scored 25 points to lead Oklahoma to an 82-76 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech.

Texas Tech had five players in double digits, led by junior Katrisa O'Neal's 16 points. Senior Aleah Johnson and freshman Plenette Pierson each had 15, senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies 13 and senior Keitha Dickerson 11.

Texas Tech shot only 33.3 percent in the first half but improved to 54.5 percent in the second half to finish at 43.9 percent for the game.

Whaley was 8-for-12 from the filed and 9-for-11 from the foul line to lead the Sooners, who shot 60.9 percent from the field.

A Look Back
Senior Aleah Johnson scored 18 points and senior Keitha Dickerson had 12 points and 15 rebounds in her 12th double-double of the season in leading No. 8/12 Texas Tech to a 66-62 victory over Nebraska last Wednesday. The win gave the Lady Raiders their 11th straight 20-win season.

Freshman Plenette Pierson and junior Katrissa O'Neal each added 10 points for the Lady Raiders.

Each team shot 40.7 percent in a game that was tied eight times, the last at 57-all with 3:51 left. At halftime, the Cornhuskers trailed by one point, 29-28.

Charlie Rogers led Nebraska with 14 points and Nicole Kubik added 13.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 426-132 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. 14, Texas Tech is second in the nation in scoring defense at 51.8. Tech is also 16th in won-lost percentage (.864) and 19th in scoring margin (15.4)

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 11th in steals with a 3.6 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 21std in rebounding with a 10.3 average.

29 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 29-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 29-1 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.

11th Straight 20-Win Season
With the victory over Nebraska Feb. 16, Texas Tech claimed 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.

No. 12 for Dickerson
Senior Keitha Dickerson once again recorded a double-double as she scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Lady Raiders' win over Nebraska Feb. 16. It was her third straight double-double and her fourth in five games.

Dickerson Up to Sixth
Senior Keitha Dickerson tallied 15 rebounds vs. Nebraska Feb. 16 to move her into sixth on Tech's all-time career list for rebounds. She currently has 754 career rebounds. Standing in fifth is Reena Lynch (86-90) with 887.

Season Highs
Senior Keitha Dickerson tied her season high of 15 rebounds, while junior Katrisa O'Neal matched her season-high seven rebounds vs. Nebraska Feb. 16.

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.

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.

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 26-home game winning streak. Tech's streak ranks them third among NCAA Division I home-court winning streaks. Grambling currently has the number one streak at 64 games.

A Look Ahead
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. The Big 12 Conference Tournament will take place in Kansas City, Mo. March 7-11 at the Municipal Auditorium.

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. 19Oklahoma at Texas Techespn21 p.m.
Feb. 19Kansas State at KansasFSN3 p.m.
Feb. 23Colorado at BaylorFSN7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26Texas at Texas A&MFSN3 p.m.
March 1Iowa State at TexasFSN7:30 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: 20-3 Double-Figure Scoring Games: Johnson 19, Dickerson 18, Pierson 17, O'Neal 14, Schmucker-Pharies 5, Ellison 3, Tarr 2, Nagle 1
Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 14, Pierson 4, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Johnson 9, Pierson 7, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 2
Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 17, Pierson 3, Johnson 1
Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 15, O'Neal 7, Dickerson 5, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


Player FT-FTA PCT.
TECH TOTALS45-69.652

Ahead at halftime:17-111-06-1
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:15-29-06-2
Outshooting opponents:16-09-07-0
Outrebounding opponents:14-18-06-1
Outrebounded by opponents:6-24-02-2
Fewer turnovers than opponents:18-312-06-3
More turnovers than opponents: 2-00-02-0
Overtime: 1-00-01-0

Longest winning streak: 10  Sundays:  1-1      Wednesdays: 6-0
Longest losing streak:  1   Mondays:  1-0      Thursdays: 1-0
Current streak:  2 wins     Tuesdays: 2-1      Fridays: 2-0
                                               Saturdays:  7-1

Big 12 Standings (as of games through Feb. 16)

Big 12 Overall
Texas Tech9-320-3
Iowa State 9-318-5
Kansas State5-712-13
Oklahoma State4-812-12
Texas A&M3-911-11

Upcoming Action
Saturday, Feb. 18

Oklahoma at Texas Tech (espn2), 1 p.m.
Nebraska at Baylor, 7 p.m.
Texas at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Missouri at Iowa State, 7 p.m.
Kansas State at Kansas (FSN), 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22
Oklahoma at Kansas State, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Nebraska, 7:05 p.m.

Poll Position
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders are eighth in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and 12th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the week of Feb. 14.

1999-00 Double-Doubles
Keitha Dickerson - 16 points, 15 rebounds

vs. Rice, Nov. 23
11 points, 11 rebounds
vs. Southwest Texas St., Nov. 26
11 points, 11 rebounds
vs. SMU, Dec. 4
11 points, 13 rebounds
vs. Lamar, Dec. 15
16 points, 14 rebounds
at South Florida, Dec. 17
11 points, 10 rebounds
at TCU, Dec. 22
10 points, 10 rebounds
at Iowa State, Jan. 2
19 points, 12 rebounds
vs. Santa Clara, Jan. 5
10 points, 14 rebounds
vs. Texas, Feb. 3
15 points, 12 rebounds
at Missouri, Feb. 8
14 points, 11 rebounds
vs. Texas A&M, Feb. 12
12 points, 15 rebounds
vs. Nebraska, Feb. 16

Plenette Pierson - 14 points, 10 rebounds

vs. Rice, Nov. 23
21 points, 10 rebounds
at USC, Nov. 29
15 points, 10 rebounds
vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 15
17 points, 11 rebounds
vs. Kansas, Jan. 22

Aleah Johnson - 14 points, 14 rebounds at New Mexico, Dec. 8

Career Assists
Schmucker-Pharies on the move

1. 553Krista Kirkland (89-93)
2. 539Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
3. 482Camille Franklin (82-86)
4. 441Julie Lake (95-99)

Career Rebounds
Dickerson climbing up the list

1. 1,247Carolyn Thompson (80-84)
2. 953Alicia Thompson (94-98)
3. 927Michi Atkins (92-96)
4. 924Gwen McCray (79-83)
5. 887Reena Lynch (86-90)
6. 754Keitha Dickerson
7. 746Jill Owens (75-79)
8. 741Stacey Siebert (86-90)

Career Steals
O'Neal going up the charts

1. 303Camille Franklin (83-86)
2. 264Noel Johnson (91-95)
3. 247Katrisa O'Neal
4. 237Carolyn Thompson (80-84)
5. 226Sheryl Swoopes (91-93)

Where the Lady Raiders Stand (as of games through Feb. 16)

Big 12 Team Stats (all games)
Scoring Offense - 9th - 67.1
Scoring Defense - 1st - 52.2
Scoring Margin - 1st - +14.9
Free Throw Pct. - 12th - .598
Field Goal Pct. - 8th - .430
Field Goal Pct. Defense - 2nd - .377
3-Point Field Goal Pct. - 11th - .288
3-Point Field Goal Pct. Defense - 2nd - .270
Rebounding Offense - 10th - 38.3
Rebounding Defense - 5th - 36.8
Rebounding Margin - 6th - +1.5
Turnover Margin - 1st - +7.00
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd - 0.95
Blocked Shots - 10th - 2.57
Assists - 6th - 16.52
Steals - 2nd - 12.09
Offensive Rebounds - 9th - 13.52
Defensive Rebounds - 9th - 24.78
3-Point Field Goals Made - 11th - 2.78

Big 12 Individual Stats
(must appear in 75% of games)

Aleah Johnson - T10th - 14.0
Plenette Pierson - 18th - 13.3


Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 10.5

Assist/Turnover Ratio

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 1st - 2.41
Katrisa O'Neal - 10th - 1.26

Field Goal Percentage

Plenette Pierson - 11th - .527
Keitha Dickerson - 12th - .517


Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 4th - 5.35

Free Throw Percentage

Aleah Johnson - 11th - .759


Katrisa O'Neal - 1st - 3.57
Keitha Dickerson - T4th - 2.87
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies - 8th - 2.26

3-Point Field Goal Percentage

Amber Tarr - 10th - .362

Offensive Rebounds

Keitha Dickerson - 8th - 2.96

Defensive Rebounds

Keitha Dickerson - 1st - 7.52




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