2000-01 Women's Basketball Schedule Set|
Aug. 21, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders will tip-off the 2000-01 women's basketball season by hosting the University of Texas at Arlington, Nov. 20, while six teams highlight the schedule that finished 1999-00 ranked in the top 25.
Tech will then go on the road to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to play in the Paradise Jam Tournament along with Penn State, Louisiana State and Southwest Missouri State. Penn State finished last season ranked third in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll and sixth in the Associated Press poll after reaching the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. LSU was ranked eighth in the AP poll and 15th by USA Today at the conclusion of the 1999-00 season.
The Lady Raiders host six non-conference home games, including two teams from the state of Texas: Texas-Arlington and Southwest Texas State. Tech will play powerhouses Oregon and USC at home, while also hosting New Mexico and Southeastern Louisiana.
"Our schedule is going to be a big challenge for us," said head coach Marsha Sharp. "It is one of the best we have had in recent years. We knew we had a lot of young players and we wanted to play quality teams that would be beneficial for us once Big 12 play begins.
"Our home schedule is exciting with USC and Oregon coming to Lubbock. They are both highly rated teams in the Pac-10. It is great that we can provide our fans with some of the best programs in the country on our home court."
The Lady Raiders will again play in the Four in the Fall Classic against North Carolina State in Austin, Texas Dec. 9, while the Longhorns take on Oregon. The Wolfpack finished last year ranked 23rd in both polls. Tech will also go on the road to play Rice and Santa Clara.
Tech will open the Big 12 season at home against Missouri Jan. 3. Home games have been set with Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa State. The Lady Raiders will play at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, Colorado and Texas. At the conclusion of last season, Iowa State was ranked seventh by the AP and 10th by USA Today, while Oklahoma was 13th by USA Today and 18th by the AP.
"The Big 12 schedule is challenging like it always is," said Sharp. "Every team in the conference is tough and there will be some terrific games. It is nice to open Big 12 play at home instead of the first two games on the road as we did last season."
Eleven teams on Tech's schedule participated in the NCAA Tournament last year. Penn State played in the Final Four, while LSU advanced to the Elite Eight. Oklahoma and Iowa State both were Sweet 16 participants. Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, North Carolina State, Southwest Missouri State, Rice and Oregon also competed in the NCAA Tournament.