Pierson, O'Neal and Perkins Receive Big 12 Honors

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March 2, 2001

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech women's basketball had three players receive All-Big 12 recognition announced today by the league office. Sophomore forward Plenette Pierson was named second-team All-Big 12, while senior guard Katrisa O'Neal was named to the third team and freshman guard Jia Perkins was an honorable mention selection.

Pierson leads the Lady Raiders, who finished second in the Big 12 with a 13-3 record, in scoring, rebounding and blocks with 14.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game and 37 blocks on the year. The Kingwood, Texas native has been Tech's top scorer and rebounder in 13 games, while scoring in double figures in 19 of 27 contests. Pierson finished the regular-season with three straight double-doubles. During the season, she has received the Big 12 Player of the Week award, was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, while being named second-team All-America by Women's Basketball News Service.

O'Neal, a native of Plainview, Texas, is third on the team in scoring with a 10.8 average and second in steals with 71. She has scored in double figures in 18 of 27 games, while becoming the school's all-time career leader in steals. She to has received the Big 12 Player of the Week award and was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team.

Perkins, the Granbury, Texas native, is second in scoring at 13.1 and leads the team in assists with 104 and steals with 72. She has scored in double figures in 19 of 27 games and set a freshman record for most assists in a game with 10, which occurred twice this season. Perkins has led Tech in assists in 12 games, while being named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week twice. She also was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team and earlier this week, was named to the All-Freshman third team by Women's Basketball News Service.

Texas Tech, 22-5 overall, will take on the winner of the Texas-Nebraska game in the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., March 8 at 6 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium.

2000-01 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Team

First Team

Stacey Dales, Oklahoma G 6-0 Jr Brockville, Ontario, Canada

Angie Welle, Iowa State C 6-4 Jr Fargo, N.D.

Sheila Lambert, Baylor G 5-7 Jr Seattle, Wash.

Danielle Crockrom, Baylor F 6-2 Jr Houston, Texas

Amanda Lassiter, Missouri F 6-1 Sr San Francisco, Calif.

Second Team

LaNeishea Caufield, Oklahoma G 5-9 Jr Ada, Okla.

Jaynetta Saunders, Texas A&M F 5-11 Sr Louisville, Ky.

Megan Taylor, Iowa State G 5-10 Sr Roseau, Minn.

Plenette Pierson, Texas Tech F/C 6-2 So Kingwood, Texas

Caton Hill, Oklahoma F 6-2 So Ada, Okla.

Third Team

Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State F 6-4 Fr Clay Center, Kan.

Katrisa O'Neal, Texas Tech G 5-6 Sr Plainview, Texas

Lindsey Wilson, Iowa State G 5-9 So Seattle, Wash.

Mandy Nightingale, Colorado G 5-6 Jr Sapulpa, Okla.

Jenny Roulier, Colorado G 5-9 Jr Englewood, Colo.

Honorable Mention

Britt Hartshorn, Colorado, Tracy Gahan, Iowa State, Jaclyn Johnson, Kansas, Brooke Reves, Kansas, Jennifer Jackson, Kansas, Marlena Williams, Missouri, Casey Leonhardt, Nebraska, Kara Faulk, Oklahoma State, JoRuth Woods, Texas, Stacy Stephens, Texas, Jia Perkins, Texas Tech

Coach of the Year: Sherri Coale, Oklahoma

Player of the Year: Stacey Dales, Oklahoma

Newcomer of the Year: Sheila Lambert, Baylor

Freshman of the Year: Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State




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