Lady Raiders Close Out Regular Season At Home

Senior Keitha Dickerson and seventh-ranked Texas Tech face Baylor at home Tuesday.

Senior Keitha Dickerson and seventh-ranked Texas Tech face Baylor at home Tuesday.
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Feb. 29, 2000

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LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 7 Texas Tech hosts Baylor Tuesday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It will be the 47th meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 23-3 mark and 12-3 in Big 12 play. Senior Aleah Johnson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.3 average followed by freshman Plenette Pierson at 13.7, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.2 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 10.9. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.0 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 141 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 18 blocks and O'Neal has 87 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from the three-point arc and 60.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Baylor enters the game with a 7-18 overall record and 2-13 in Big 12 play after losing at Iowa State, 112-79, last Saturday. In that game, junior Monica Arnold had a team-high 15 points followed by sophomore Danielle Crockrom with 14, senior Mandy Hayworth with 13 and freshman Stasha Richards with 11. Arnold, freshman Hilary Akromis and sophomore Eboni Hammond had six rebounds apiece. Akromis also dished out five assists. The Lady Bears shot 37.5 percent (30-80) from the field, 16 percent (4-25) from three-point range and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free throw line.

On the year, Crockrom paces Baylor in scoring with a 12.7 average, followed by Hayworth at 11.8. Crockrom is also the top rebounder, grabbing 7.7 boards per outing. Sophomore Nicole Collins has team highs of 119 assists and 54 steals, while Arnold is the top shot blocker with 27 blocks.

The Lady Bears are shooting 36.1 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from the three-point arc and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Sonja Hogg is in her sixth year at the helm of the Lady Bears, establishing a record of 83-89. She is also in her 17th season as a head coach with a 390-144 record.

Series Record
It is the 47th meeting between Texas Tech and Baylor with Tech holding a 38-8 advantage and a 37-1 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. The Lady Raiders were victorious the first time this year, 65-49, Feb. 5 in Waco, Texas. The last time Baylor won was March 11, 1983 in a 62-56 triumph in the SWC Tournament in Austin, Texas. Tech has won 35 straight games vs. Baylor.

Last Time vs. Baylor

February 5, 2000 - Waco, Texas - Senior Aleah Johnson scored 19 points as the Lady Raiders beat Baylor 65-49.

Johnson's breakaway layup tied the game at 47 with about eight minutes left and started a game-ending 20-2 run by the Lady Raiders, who beat Baylor for the 35th straight time.

Johnson's scoring barrage - 11 of 12 Tech points during the first part of the run - ended with two free throws that made it 57-49 with 4:05 left. She hit 9-of-10 free throws in the stretch.

Baylor did not hit another field goal after Mandy Hayworth's 15-footer provided a 47-45 lead with 8:51 left. Then Johnson took over.

Freshman Plenette Pierson added 15 points and junior Katrisa O'Neal had 10 for the Lady Raiders. Nicole Collins led Baylor with 12 points and Danielle Crockrom had 10.

Tech led 33-26 at halftime, but Baylor came back to tie it at 39 on a basket by Crockrom, which came just seconds after a three-pointer by Collins. The teams then traded two-point leads until Tech's decisive run.

Baylor Lady Bears (7-18/2-13 Big 12) vs.
#7/7 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (23-3/12-3 Big 12)

February 29, 2000 - Lubbock, Texas - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (429-132, 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)

Baylor Lady Bears
Head Coach: Sonja Hogg (83-89, sixth season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-33Hilary Akromis (6-1, Fr., San Antonio, Texas)
F-34Danielle Crockrom (6-2, So., Houston, Texas)
C-40Monica Arnold (6-2, Jr., Austin, Texas)
G-3Nicole Collins (5-3, So., Pasadena, Texas)
G-31Mandy Hayworth (5-9, Sr., Granbury, Texas)

A Look Back
(AP) - Sophomore Amber Tarr scored a career-high 22 points, including a career-high six three-point baskets as No. 7 Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State 83-75 last Saturday night.

Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies added a season-high 18 points, just one point shy of her career high 10, for Texas Tech (23-3, 12-3 Big 12), senior Aleah Johnson had 17, and senior Keitha Dickerson had 12 rebounds. Freshman Plenette Pierson chipped in 12 points.

Jennifer Crow led Oklahoma State (13-14, 5-10) with 21 points, and Jessica Bates had 19.

Texas Tech, down 38-33 at the half, outscored Oklahoma State 50-37 in the second half.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 429-132 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. 21, Texas Tech is fourth in the nation in scoring defense at 53.4. Tech is also 12th in won-lost percentage (.875) and 17th in scoring margin (14.5)

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 15th in steals with a 3.5 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 24th in rebounding with a 10.2 average.

In the Hunt for Third Straight Big 12 Title
A win over Baylor on Feb. 29 will give the Texas Tech Lady Raiders at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title. After being picked to finish fifth in the preseason Big 12 Conference poll, Tech is seeking its third-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season championship.

30 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech currently holds a 30-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 30-1 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.

Sparks Fly for Tarr
Sophomore Amber Tarr lit it up for the Lady Raiders at Oklahoma State Feb. 26. She recorded career highs of 22 points and six three-point baskets in just 24 minutes of action.

Schmucker-Pharies Has Her Day
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies is now Texas Tech's all-time career leader in assists with 557 as she dished out four assists at Oklahoma State Feb. 26. Also in that game, she had a season-high 18 points, just one shy of her career high, and matched her career high of four three-point baskets. She played all 40 minutes of the game and did not commit a turnover. It marked the first time all year that she played all 40 minutes without a turnover and the fourth game of the season without a turnover.

Pierson Matches Career Highs
Freshman Plenette Pierson matched her career highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds as she recorded a her fifth double-double at Texas Feb. 23.

Ellison Gets First Career Double-Double
Sophomore Tanisha Ellison recorded her first double-double of her career as she scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the victory at Texas Feb. 23.

Schmucker-Pharies Plays All 50 Minutes
In the double overtime win at Texas Feb. 23, senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies played all 50 minutes of the game for a season-high 14 points, nine assists and committed just three turnovers.

Big 12 Player of the Week
Senior Keitha Dickerson was named the Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games from Feb. 14-20. She averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while leading Texas Tech to wins over Nebraska and No. 18/20 Oklahoma. She connected on 13-of-20 field goal attempts for a .650 percentage and 9-of-14 free throws for a .643 percentage. Dickerson also contributed eight assists and four steals.

Dickerson Scores Career High
Senior Keitha Dickerson scored a career-high 23 points in the Lady Raiders win over No. 18 Oklahoma Feb. 19. Her previous career high was 21, which she had scored twice in her career.

Most Points Score in Conference Play, Again
After scoring is most points in a Big 12 game this year at 86 points vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19, the Lady Raiders scored more points vs. Texas Feb. 23 with 91 points in the double overtime win. It was the second highest output for Tech this season. Tech scored 102 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26.

4-1 on TV
Texas Tech is now 4-1 when playing live on television. Tech started off the season beating LSU on Lifetime Television and then beat Kansas and Texas A&M on FOX Sports Nets and Oklahoma on espn2 all in Lubbock, while losing at Iowa State FOX Sports Net.

Back-to-Back Double Digits for Starters
All five starters scored in double figures in the victory over Oklahoma Feb. 19. Senior Keitha Dickerson led the way with a career-high 23 points, followed by freshman Plenette Pierson with 18, seniors Aleah Johnson and Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and junior Katrisa O'Neal each scored 12 points. And then at Texas Feb. 23, all five again scored double digits along with sophomore Tanisha Ellison. Pierson had 22, Johnson 21, Schmucker-Pharies 14, Ellison 11 and Dickerson and O'Neal with 10 apiece.

Getting the Minutes
This season, Texas Tech has been putting their starters to work. Four of the five are averaging 32-plus minutes a game, including senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies who is averaging a team-high 36.2 minutes a game. Senior Keitha Dickerson is averaging 34.0 minutes, junior Katrisa O'Neal at 33.6, senior Aleah Johnson at 32.1 and freshman Plenette Pierson at 27.4 minutes per contest.

Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 27-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 66 games.

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 151 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of seventh in the USA Today/ESPN and by the AP.

A Look Ahead
Next up for Texas Tech is the 2000 Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. March 7-11.

March 7 - First RoundMarch 8 - Second Round
Game 1 - No. 8 vs. No. 9 - NoonGame 5 - Winner of game 1 vs. No.1 - Noon
Game 2 - No. 5 vs. No. 12 - 2:20 p.m.Game 6 - Winner of game 2 vs. No. 4 - 2:20 p.m.
Game 3 - No. 7 vs. No. 10 - 6 p.m.Game 7 - Winner of game 3 vs. No. 2 - 6 p.m.
Game 4 - No. 6 vs. No. 11 - 8:20 p.m.Game 8 - Winner of game 4 vs. No. 3 - 8:20 p.m.

March 9 - Semifinals
Game 9 - Winner of game 5 vs. Winner of game 6 - 5 p.m. - FOX Sports Net
Game 10 - Winner of game 7 vs. Winner of game 8 - 7:30 p.m. - FOX Sports Net

March 11 - Finals
Game 11 - Winner of game 9 vs. Winner of game 10 - 7 p.m. - FOX Sports Net


Starting Lineups
1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 23-3

Double-Figure Scoring Games: Johnson 22, Dickerson 20, Pierson 20, O'Neal 16, Schmucker-Pharies 7, Ellison 4, Tarr 3, Nagle 1

Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 15, Pierson 5, Ellison 1, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Johnson 9, Pierson 8, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 3, Tarr 1

Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 18, Pierson 5, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 16, O'Neal 8, Dickerson 6, Johnson 2, Tarr 1


TECH TOTALS68-99.687


Ahead at halftime:18-112-06-1
Behind at halftime:5-21-04-2
Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
Bench outscores opponents:11-06-05-0
Shooting 50 percent or better:6-14-02-1
Shooting under 50 percent:17-29-08-2
Outshooting opponents:18-010-08-0
Outrebounding opponents:16-19-07-1
Outrebounded by opponents:7-24-03-2
Fewer turnovers than opponents:21-313-08-3
More turnovers than opponents: 2-00-02-0
Overtime (1 -2OT):2-00-02-0

Longest winning streak: 10Sundays: 1-1Wednesdays: 7-0
Longest losing streak: 1Mondays: 1-0Thursdays: 1-0
Current streak: 5 winsTuesdays: 2-1Fridays: 2-0Saturdays: 9-1

Player Notes

#1 Courtney Pastner
Has played in 15 games...scored career-high six points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 as she hit two three-point baskets...had a career-high three rebounds vs. Colorado Jan. 12...grabbed two rebounds and had a steal against SWT...scored five points vs. Lamar Dec. 15, while adding two assists...had a career-high two steals at Central Florida Dec. 19 and vs. Santa Clara Jan. 5...also had two assists at UCF and vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15.

#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
Has started all 26 games...leads the team in assists with 141...nows ranks first on Tech's all-time career list for assists...had a season-high 13 assists at Texas A&M Jan. 29...scored a season-high 18 points at Oklahoma State Feb. 26...also matched her career-high four three-pointers at OSU...dished out 10 assists at TCU Dec. 22...scored 13 points vs. Lamar Dec. 15, also hit three three-pointers...scored 10 points, while hitting two three-point baskets at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored nine points vs. SMU Dec. 4...played all 45 minutes in win at USC Nov. 29... played all 40 minutes in the win over LSU Nov. 20...dished out a team-high 11 assists against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...had a season-high five steals against Rice Nov. 23 and at Kansas State Jan. 18...recorded first block of the season at Kansas State and then another one at Texas Feb. 23...hit three three-pointers vs. Kansas Jan. 22...has had a season-high five rebounds three times this year...had 13 point and three three-pointers vs. Texas Feb. 3...matched her season highs of five rebounds and five steals at Missouri Feb. 8...scored 12 points vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19...scored 14 points and dished out nine assists in playing all 50 minutes in the win at Texas Feb. 23.

#15 Aleah Johnson
Has started all 26 games...had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored a career-high 21 points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 in just 15 minutes of play...matched her career-high 21 points vs. Kansas Jan. 22...had a career-high seven assists vs. Lamar Dec. 15...scored 16 points against LSU Nov. 20...had 15 points against Rice Nov. 23...grabbed six rebounds vs. LSU...also had a block vs. LSU...scored 11 points at USC Nov. 29...had a career-high four steals at USC and vs. Texas A&M Feb. 12...had a career-high two blocks vs. Colorado Jan. 12...scored 19 points vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...tallied a career-high five assists at Texas A&M Jan. 29...scored 20 points vs. Texas Feb. 3...scored 19 points at Baylor Feb. 5...scored 17 points at Missouri Feb.8...scored 18 points, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line vs. Nebraska Feb. 16...scored 12 points vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19...matched career-high 21 points at Texas Feb. 23...scored 17 points at Oklahoma State Feb. 26.

#24 Katrisa O'Neal
Has started all 26 games...scored a career-high 21 points at Central Florida Dec. 19 and matched her season highs of six rebounds and five steals...scored 18 points vs. Santa Clara Jan. 5 and had a career-high eight assists and a season-high two blocks...scored 17 points vs. Rice Nov. 23 and matched that at USC Nov. 29...hit her first three-pointer at South Florida Dec. 17...dished out assists vs. Lamar Dec. 15...grabbed six rebounds vs. LSU Nov. 20 and Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...finished with four assists against Rice and SWT...had four steals against LSU and SMU Dec. 4...recorded a block vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and at USF...grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Baylor Feb. 5...matched her season high of seven rebounds vs. Nebraska Feb. 16 and Oklahoma Feb. 19...also scored 12 points vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19...scored 10 points at Texas Feb. 23.

#25 Keitha Dickerson
Has started all 26 games...has recorded 12 double-doubles this season, which is first in the Big 12...named Big 12 Player of the Week Feb. 21...scored a career-high 23 points vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19...scored 16 points while grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds against Rice Nov. 23...had 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. SMU Dec. 4...had 11 points and 13 rebounds vs. Lamar Dec. 15...matched season-high 16 points and had 14 rebounds at South Florida Dec. 17...scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds at TCU Dec. 22...had 10 points and 10 rebounds at Iowa State Jan. 2...scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Santa Clara Jan. 5, while getting a career-high eight steals...scored 10 points and had 14 rebounds vs. Texas Feb. 3...had 15 points and 12 rebounds at Missouri Feb. 8...had 14 points and 11 rebounds vs. Texas A&M Feb. 12...scored 12 points and matched her season high of 15 rebounds vs. Nebraska Feb. 16...scored 14 points at New Mexico Dec. 8...had a season-high two blocks vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15, which matched a career high...recorded a career-high seven assists vs. Kansas Jan. 22...scored 18 points at Texas A&M Jan. 29...scored 10 points at Texas Feb. 23...grabbed 12 rebounds at Oklahoma State Feb. 26.

#32 Amber Tarr
Has played in all 26 games...scored a career-high 22 points, including a career-high six three-point baskets in 24 minutes of play at Oklahoma State Feb. 26...had 12 points, hitting four three-pointers at TCU Dec. 22...had a career-high five rebounds vs. Colorado Jan. 12...scored nine points vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...scored eight points, while hitting two three-pointers and recorded her first block of her career...scored six points vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and at South Florida Dec. 17...hit two three-pointers vs. Lamar and at USF, while getting four rebounds vs. Lamar...scored six points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...has hit one three-point basket in games against LSU Nov. 20 and SWT...dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Southwest Texas State...had two steals vs. LSU, Santa Clara Jan. 5 and at Texas Feb. 23...scored 10 points at Texas A&M Jan. 29...had another block at Texas Feb. 23.

#34 Tanisha Ellison
Has played in all 26 games...scored a career-high 12 points in the victory over Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds at Texas Feb. 23...had six rebounds vs. SWT...scored 10 points in 14 minutes vs. SMU Dec. 4...had eight rebounds vs. Texas Feb. 3...scored 10 points vs. Kansas Jan. 22...matched her career high of three blocks at Texas A&M Jan. 29 and vs. Texas Feb. 3...had a career-high two assists vs. Kansas, while recording a steal and a block...recorded a steal vs. LSU Nov. 20, at USC Nov. 29, vs. Lamar, South Florida Dec. 17, at Kansas State Jan. 18, at Missouri Feb. 8, vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19 and at Texas Feb. 23...scored eight points vs. Nebraska Feb. 16...matched her career-high two assists vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19.

#50 Nikki Hendrix
Made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...has played in nine games...scored four points and grabbed three rebounds...also had a block vs. SWT...made an appearance vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and recorded an assist...hit a three-pointer in win at Central Florida Dec. 19.

#54 Plenette Pierson
Has started all 26 games as a freshman...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in 20 games...named Big 12 Rookie of the Week Dec. 6...scored a career-high 22 points vs. Colorado Jan. 12...also had three steals Colorado and Kansas Jan. 22...had 15 points and nine rebounds vs. Texas Feb. 3...scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds against Rice Nov. 23 for her first double-double...scored 21 points at USC Nov. 29 and had 10 rebounds in her second double-double...scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her third double-double vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15...scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds with her fourth double-double vs. Kansas...matched her career highs of 22 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in her fifth double-double at Texas Feb. 23...scored 21 points again vs. SMU Dec. 4 and Lamar Dec. 15...scored 20 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...scored 15 points, 13 in the second half at New Mexico Dec. 8...had 12 points in collegiate debut against LSU Nov. 20...recorded a double-double against Rice with 14 points and 10 rebounds...had two steals against SWT...had a career-high three blocks vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 15 and at Kansas State Jan. 18...has eight blocks on the year...dished out a career-high two assists at Central Florida Dec. 19, vs. Texas Feb. 3 and vs. Texas A&M Feb. 12...matched her career-high 10 rebounds at TCU Dec. 22...scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while recording a career-high five steals at Baylor Feb. 5...scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Oklahoma Feb. 19...had 12 points and seven rebounds at Oklahoma State Feb. 26.

#55 Jamie Nagle
Has played in 11 games...made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...came off the bench and scored 12 points vs. SWT in 18 minutes of action...also had three blocked shots, six boards and an assist vs. SWT...scored three points against SMU Dec. 4...had an assist vs. SMU...had career-high two assists at Central Florida Dec. 19.




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