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Lady Raiders Open NCAA Tournament Play Saturday

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and No. 11 Texas Tech host Tennessee Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies and No. 11 Texas Tech host Tennessee Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
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March 15, 2000

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LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 11 Texas Tech is the No. 3 seed in the Mideast Region and plays No. 14 seed Tennessee Tech in the second game of the NCAA Sub-Regional in Lubbock, Texas on March 18. The game will tip-off 30 minutes following the first game which begins at 6 p.m. The first game will be No. 6 seed Tulane vs. No. 11 seed Vermont. The second round game will be played on Monday, March 20 at 8:05 p.m. It is the first meeting between Texas Tech and Tennessee Tech.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns a 25-4 mark and captured its third straight Big 12 regular-season title with a 13-3 mark along with Iowa State and Oklahoma . Senior Aleah Johnson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.5 average followed by freshman Plenette Pierson at 13.4, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.3 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 10.6. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.2 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 158 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best 20 blocks and O'Neal has 94 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from the three-point arc and 61.5 percent from the charity stripe.

2000 NCAA Tournament - First Round

No. 14 Seed Tennessee Tech Golden Eaglettes (24-8)
vs. No. 3 Seed and #11 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (25-4)

March 18, 2000 - Lubbock, Texas. - Approx. 8:30 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (431-133, 18th season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-15Aleah Johnson (6-1, Sr., Carrollton, Texas)14.54.5.481.719
F-25Keitha Dickerson (6-0, Sr., Elk City, Okla.)12.310.2.513.562
C-54Plenette Pierson (6-1, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)13.46.8.519.556
G-3Melinda Schmucker-Pharies (5-9, Sr., Nazareth, Texas)7.63.1.344.647
G-24Katrisa O'Neal (5-6, Jr., Plainview, Texas)10.63.4.358.705
Top Reserves
G-32Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas)5.22.1.376.632
C-34Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas)4.33.6.545.571
G-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)1.20.8.300.300

Tennessee Tech Golden Eaglettes
Head Coach: Bill Worrell (288-130, 14th season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-20Rachael Gobble (5-8, Jr., Columbia, Tenn.)5.42.3.368.769
F-50Janet Holt (6-0, So., Lynchburg, Tenn.)17.47.1.474.828
C-51Diane Seng (6-2, Sr., Jasper, Ind.)17.85.9.587.782
G-10Misty Garrett (5-6, So., Livingston, Tenn.)4.05.2.372.824
G-22Alison Clark (5-4, So., Shelbyville, Tenn.)9.03.1.379.788

Scouting the Opponent
Tennessee Tech enters the game with a 24-8 record after winning both the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and conference tournament. The Golden Eaglettes finished the OVC with a 16-2 record.

On the year, senior Diane Seng paces Tech in scoring with a 17.8 average, followed by sophomore Janet Holt at 17.4 and sophomore Alison Clark at 9.0. Holt is the top rebounder, averaging 7.1 boards per outing. Sophomore Misty Garrett has team highs of 167 assists and 43 steals. Senior Collin Carmichael is the top shot blocker with 27 blocks.

The Golden Eaglettes are shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from three-point range and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.

Bill Worrell is in his 14th season as head coach at Tennessee Tech, establishing a record of 288-130.

Series Record
It is the first meeting between Texas Tech and Tennessee Tech.

A Look Back
Sixth-seeded Texas continued its run of upsets in the Big 12 tournament with a 68-50 semifinal victory over second-seed and No. 6 Texas Tech after beating third-seed Oklahoma the previous night.

Senior Keitha Dickerson led Texas Tech with 19 points - 13 in the first half - and eight rebounds.

Texas Tech, the two-time defending tournament champion, shot just 34 percent (17-for-50) from the floor and managed only one field goal in the final 12 1/2 minutes. The Longhorns shot 30-for-60, 50 percent.

Texas' JoRuth Woods' 18-footer at the buzzer gave Texas a 40-29 halftime lead, and she added five points in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half as the Longhorns padded that advantage to 51-33.

Senior Aleah Johnson's basket with 9:05 left cut the margin to 59-47, but the Lady Raiders didn't score again for more than five minutes.

Texas also struggled to score down the stretch but was able to widen the margin to 66-47 before Dickerson hit two free throws to break Texas Tech's drought with 3:36 remaining.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 431-133 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.

Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament
Texas Tech will be making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 11th consecutive bid into the event. The Lady Raiders won have advanced to Sweet 16 five times, the Elite Eight two times, the Final Four once and won the National Championship in 1993.

Common Opponents
This year Texas Tech and Tennessee Tech had only one opponent in common. Both teams played Oklahoma this season. The Lady Raiders lost at Oklahoma, 82-76, Jan. 5 and then beat OU in Lubbock, 86-81, Feb. 19. The Golden Eaglettes beat OU, 74-64, in Honolulu, Hawaii Nov. 21.

NCAA Stats
As of games through March 13, Texas Tech is ninth in the nation in scoring defense at 55.9. Tech is also 11th in won-lost percentage at .862 and 18th in scoring margin at 14.2.

Junior Katrisa O'Neal is 22nd in steals with a 3.2 average and senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 22nd in rebounding with a 10.2 average.

Third Straight Big 12 Title
The over Baylor on Feb. 29 gave the Texas Tech Lady Raiders their third straight Big 12 Conference title. After being picked to finish fifth in the preseason Big 12 Conference poll, Tech claimed a share of the Big 12 title with Iowa State and Oklahoma.

31 Straight Big 12 Wins at Home
Texas Tech finished the regular season with a 31-game winning streak for Big 12 home games. The Lady Raiders hold a 31-1 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.

Only Big 12 School Undefeated at Home
Texas Tech wrapped up the regular season with a 14-0 record at home. Texas Tech is the only Big 12 school to go undefeated at home this season.

Big 12 Conference Honors
Freshman Plenette Pierson was named the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, while senior Keitha Dickerson received second-team All-Big 12 honors and senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection.

Big 12 Media Teams
Senior Keitha Dickerson was named first-team All-Big 12 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News and was a second-team selection by the San Antonio Express-News. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies was named second-team by the San Antonio Express-News. Freshman Plenette Pierson received Freshman of the Year honors by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the San Antonio Express-News and the Dallas Morning News. By the Kansas City Star, Dickerson was named to the All-Defensive team and the All-Underrated team, while Pierson was named to the All-Freshman team and junior Katrisa O'Neal to the All-Improved team.

Pierson and O'Neal Receive WBJ Honors
The Women's Basketball Journal named freshman Plenette Pierson as one of its 10 Freshmen All-Americans and junior Katrisa O'Neal one of its 10 Defensive All-Americans. Pierson was the only player from the Big 12 among the Freshman All-Americans, while Nebraska's Nicole Kubik joined O'Neal as a Defensive All-American.

Schmucker-Pharies Has Season Highs vs. Colorado
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies recorded a season-high six rebounds, while matching her season high of five steals and her career high of four three-point baskets.

Most Points of the Season
Texas Tech scored its most points of the season in its last regular-season game of the year with 105 points vs. Baylor Feb. 29. Tech scored 102 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26. The 105 points was the most for the Lady Raiders since beating Texas A&M, 109-75, March 5, 1994.

1999-2000 LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS

Starting Lineups
1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 25-4

Double-Figure Scoring Games: Johnson 24, Dickerson 22, Pierson 21, O'Neal 17, Schmucker-Pharies 8, Ellison 5, Tarr 5, Nagle 1

Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 17, Pierson 5, Ellison 2, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Johnson 11, Pierson 8, O'Neal 5, Dickerson 4, Tarr 1

Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 21, Pierson 5, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 17, O'Neal 9, Dickerson 7, Johnson 2, Tarr 1

TECH FREE THROW SHOOTING IN FINAL 2 MINUTES

PlayerFT-FTAPCT.
Dickerson14-18.778
Ellison3-4.500
Johnson10-101.000
Nagle0-3.000
O'Neal7-9.778
Pierson9-18.500
Schmucker-Pharies20-27.741
Tarr5-6.833
TECH TOTALS70-101.693

TECH RECORD WHENOverallHomeAway
Ahead at halftime:20-113-07-1
Behind at halftime:5-31-04-3
Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
Bench outscores opponents:13-07-06-0
Shooting 50 percent or better:7-15-02-1
Shooting under 50 percent:18-39-09-3
Outshooting opponents:20-011-09-0
Outrebounding opponents:18-110-08-1
Outrebounded by opponents:7-34-03-3
Fewer turnovers than opponents:23-414-09-4
More turnovers than opponents: 2-00-02-0
Overtime (1 -2OT):2-00-02-0

Longest winning streak: 10 Sundays: 1-1Wednesdays: 8-0
Longest losing streak: 1 Mondays: 1-0Thursdays: 1-1
Current streak: 1 loss Tuesdays: 3-1 Fridays: 2-0Saturdays: 9-1

#1 Courtney Pastner
Has played in 16 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...scored four points, including one three-pointer, grabbed two rebounds and had an assist vs. Baylor Feb. 29

#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
Has started all 29 games...named first-team Academic All-Big 12 and honorable mention All-Big 12 this year...also named second-team All-Big 12 by the San Antonio Express-News...leads the team in assists with 158...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...dished out 11 assists vs. Baylor Feb. 29...scored 16 points, including matching her career-high four three-point baskets, while having a season high six rebounds and matching her season-high five steals vs. Colorado March 8.

#15 Aleah Johnson
Has started all 29 games...named first-team Academic All-Big 12 this year...scord a career-high 22 points vs. Baylor Feb. 29...had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored 21 points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 in just 15 minutes of play...had 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...scored 18 points vs. Colorado March 8.

#24 Katrisa O'Neal
Has started all 29 games...named to the Kansas City Star's Big 12 All-Improved team this year...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...scored 10 points vs. Baylor, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line...had seven assists vs. Colorado March 8.

#25 Keitha Dickerson
Has started all 29 games...named second-team All-Big 12...received first-team All-Big 12 recognition by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News and second-team honors from the San Antonio Express-News, while being named to the Kansas City Star's All-Defensive team and the All-Underrated team...has recorded 13 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...had 13 points and 14 rebounds vs. Baylor Feb. 29...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...collected 14 rebounds vs. Colorado March 8...scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists vs. Texas March 9.

#32 Amber Tarr
Has played in all 29 games...named first-team Academic All-Big 12...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...scored 11 points, going 3-for-4 from three-point range vs. Colorado March 8.

#34 Tanisha Ellison
Has played in all 29 games...named second-team Academic All-Big 12 this year...recorded her second career double-double as she had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds...scored 12 points in the victory over Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 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.

#54 Plenette Pierson
Has started all 29 games as a freshman...named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year...also received Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News,while being named to the Kansas City Star's All-Freshman team...has made an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in 21 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...scored 16 points and had six rebounds vs. Baylor Feb. 29.

#55 Jamie Nagle
Has played in 12 games...made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...came off the bench and scored 10 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...scored six points and had a rebound and an assist vs. Lamar Dec. 15...had career-high two assists and scored four points and had a rebound at Central Florida Dec. 19...had two points at Texas A&M Jan. 29...scored six points, had four rebounds and matched career-high two assists vs. Baylor Feb. 29.


 

 

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