1999-2000 Women's Basketball Schedule Set|
July 27, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders will tip-off the 1999-2000 women's basketball season by hosting the Four in the Fall Classic Saturday, Nov. 20. Tech will play either North Carolina, Louisiana State or UCLA, while the other two teams will pair up. A fan vote, with details to be released at a later date, will determine who plays who. Both games will be broadcast on the Lifetime Network. The teams participating in the Four in the Fall had to be ranked in the top 25 in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Tech was ranked ninth, while UCLA was seventh, UNC 15th and LSU 16th.
"We were really interested in how we were going to open the arena in the fall," said head coach Marsha Sharp. "It will be a great thing for Texas Tech and for the Big 12 Conference to be able to host the Four in the Fall and we're real excited about those three teams that are coming to Lubbock. I think that will be a great way to start the season."
The Lady Raiders host five non-conference home games, including four teams from the state of Texas: Rice, Southwest Texas, SMU and Lamar. Tech's last non-conference home game is against Santa Clara on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The Lady Raiders will face USC, New Mexico, South Florida, Central Florida and TCU all on the road.
"We have a couple of challenging road trips," Sharp said. "Anytime you play at New Mexico, they're going to have a great crowd and that'll be a great game. USC will be a good test for us and the trip to Florida will be really special for our team. Playing at TCU in Fort Worth will also be a good one. As far as home games, we are excited about hosting Southwest Texas with Noel Johnson and Hollie Stanton coming back and SMU will have an outstanding basketball team. Santa Clara also has a quality program that played in the NCAA Tournament last year."
Also highlighting the non-conference schedule is a match-up with the USA National team in Lubbock on Sunday, Dec. 5.
"That will be neat playing the National team," said Sharp. "We're always really proud of the fact that we have an opportunity to be involved with USA Basketball and hopefully Sheryl Swoopes will be here playing with that group. Even though it's not a game that you look forward to playing, as far as the level of competition, it is really special for our fans to have a chance to see the National team and to host them in our new facility."
Tech will open the Big 12 season on the road at Iowa State Sunday, Jan. 2. The Lady Raiders will play at Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma State. Home games have been set with Colorado, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Baylor. The game with Oklahoma in Lubbock on Sat., Feb. 13 will be televised on ESPN. Other games could be picked up for television coverage by FOX Sports, but will be determined at a later date.
"I guess you might as well take on the big dog first and I guess that's what we're doing with Iowa State," stated Sharp. "From a coaching point of view, it will be okay to open there and see how we come out early in the season and then move forward from there. Nothing gets any easier. Oklahoma will have a very good basketball team and Kansas should have an awfully good team, as well. I think Texas should be tough and Nebraska will also be very good. I also think Missouri is an up and coming team and probably will be much improved. Everybody else will be tough to beat on the road and we're going to have to protect our home court advantage whenever we have to play them here."
Sixteen teams on Tech's schedule participated in post-season action last year with 10 teams competing in the NCAA Tournament and six in the WNIT. UCLA and Iowa State advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, while LSU and UNC made it to the Sweet 16. SMU, Central Florida, Santa Clara, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas played in the NCAA Tournament, while Rice, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Baylor competed in the WNIT.
1999-2000 Texas Tech Women's Basketball Schedule
*Big 12 Conference Games