Nov. 15, 2003
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#6/10 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (1-0)
Western Kentucky Lady Toppers (1-0)
Preseason WNIT - Second Round
November 16, 2003 * Lubbock, Texas * 2 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)
No. 6/10 Texas Tech will take on Western Kentucky in the second round of the Preseason WNIT in Lubbock on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. The winner of the game will face the winner of the No. 18 UC Santa Barbara/San Diego-No. 19 Utah game on Thursday, Nov. 20 in the semifinals.
The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech is 1-0 after beating Texas-San Antonio, 76-48, in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT. On the year, senior Jia Perkins leads the team in scoring with a 19.0 average followed by freshman Alesha Robertson at 14.0 and seniors Jolee Ayers-Curry and Casey Jackson at 11.0. Perkins is the top rebounder, grabbing 13.0 boards per outing. Jackson is shooting a team-high 62.5 percent from the field. Sophomore Erin Grant has a team-high seven assists, while Perkins leads the team in blocks with three. The Lady Raiders are shooting 37.9 percent from the field, 00.0 percent from three-point range and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.
Scouting the Opponent
Western Kentucky enters the game with a 1-0 record after beating Rhode Island, 70-63, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT in Bowling Green, Ky. In that game, senior Elisha Ford poured in a game-high 17 points followed by freshman Carla Bartee with 16 and freshman Charlotte Marshall with 14. Marshall was also the top rebounder with 13 boards, while Bartee added nine. Ford tallied four assists on the night. The Lady Toppers shot 36.7 percent from the field, 25 percent from the three-point arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line.
Mary Taylor Cowles is in her second season at the helm of Western Kentucky and her second year as a head coach with a career record of 23-9.
Texas Tech is 1-3 against Western Kentucky. Tech's only win came on Dec. 2, 1989 in a 72-61 victory in Lubbock. In their last meeting, the Lady Toppers defeated the Lady Raiders 68-63 on Nov. 29, 1997 in Cancun, Mexico.
Last Time Out
(AP) - Jia Perkins scored 19 points to lead No. 10 Texas Tech to a 76-48 victory Friday night over Texas-San Antonio in a first-round game of the preseason women's NIT.
The Lady Raiders took control late in the first half, fought off a charge midway through the second half and put things out of reach by scoring 16 of the game's final 18 points in their opener.
Alesha Robertson added 14 points for Tech, and Casey Jackson and Jolee Ayers-Curry had 11 apiece.
Lacy Mingee led Texas-San Antonio with 17 points. Kim Reed finished with 13 in the Roadrunners' first game.
A baseline shot by Robertson gave Tech a 52-33 lead with 10:22 remaining, but the Roadrunners fought back. Texas-San Antonio pulled to 60-46 with 5:38 mark but made only two free throws the rest of the way.
The Lady Raiders led 21-20 with 5:39 remaining in the first half then went on an 11-0 run to lead 32-20 at the break. Robertson had five free throws during the run.
A Look Ahead
If Texas Tech beats Western Kentucky, the Lady Raiders will take on the winner of the UC Santa Barbara/San Diego-Utah contest on Thursday, Nov. 20 in the semifinals. The finals will be played on Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on various networks across the U.S. After the Preseason WNIT, Tech will play in the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament in Dallas Nov. 28-29. The Lady Raiders will take on Michigan on the 28th at 5 p.m., while SMU and Texas-Arlington square off at 7 p.m. The winners of those games will battle it out at 7 p.m. on the 29th and the consolation game is slated for 5 p.m.
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, Hall of Fame head coach Marsha Sharp is 509-159 in her 22nd year at the helm of the Lady Raiders. She has led the Lady Raiders to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 14 consecutive, and 10 NCAA Sweet 16 and four Elite Eight appearances and the NCAA National Championship in 1993. Sharp led the Lady Raiders to three-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season titles (1998-2000) and two tournament crowns (1998, 1999). 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. 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. In May 2003, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Tech Ties School Record Turnovers
Texas Tech tied its school record for fewest turnovers in a game with five against Texas-San Antonio. The Lady Raiders also had five turnovers against Texas A&M on Jan. 31, 1983.
Perkins Has Career Highs
Senior Jia Perkins grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Texas-San Antonio and tied her career high of three blocks. Perkins' previous career high in rebounds was 12 against Creighton last year. She now has had three blocks on four occasions.
Dabbs Swats High
Sophomore Chesley Dabbs swatted a career-high two blocks vs. Texas-San Antonio. Her previous high was one, five times last season.
Hitting from the Charity Stripe
Texas Tech saw improvement from the free throw line against UTSA. The Lady Raiders connected on 26-of-32 free throw attempts for 81.3 percent. Last year in the season opener, Tech only shot 65 percent from the line (13-of-20) against Louisiana Tech.
76 Wins This Time
In its opening game of the season, Texas Tech scored 76 points enroute to beating UTSA. It was the exact same number of points Tech scored last year in its opening loss to Louisiana Tech last year.
Flowers to Redshirt
Freshman Tawanna Flowers will redshirt the 2003-04 season. Flowers suffered a navicular fracture in her right foot during her senior season and is currently rehabbing the injury.
On the Tube
The Lady Raiders will make five national or regional television appearances in regular-season play this season. Texas Tech will appear on ESPN2 once and Fox Sports Net four times. On Fox Sports Net, Tech will play Stanford (Dec. 21), Baylor (Jan. 17), at Texas (Feb. 1) and at Baylor (Feb. 8). On Feb. 22, the Lady Raiders will play Texas on ESPN2. Tech will also have 11 games broadcasted on the local Red Raider Sports Network.
Preseason All-Big 12 By Coaches and Media
Senior Jia Perkins was named preseason All-Big 12 by the coaches and the media. Joining Perkins on the team were Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker and Texas' Heather Schreiber and Stacy Stephens.
Senior Jia Perkins was one of 35 players selected as a preseason candidate for the State Farm Wade Trophy/Division I Player of the Year Award by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Perkins Preseason Wooden Award and Naismith Candidate
Senior Jia Perkins was named to the John R. Wooden Preseason All-America team and was one of 30 players chosen as a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, which will be presented annually to the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player. She is also one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.
Perkins, Grant Among the Best at Their Positions
Senior Jia Perkins was named one of the top five off-guards in the country by ESPN.com, while sophomore Erin Grant was selected as one of the top five point guards. Joining Perkins on the list were Alana Beard (Duke), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota). Along with Grant, Jamie Carey (Texas), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers) and Erika Valek (Purdue) made up the top five selections.
Entering the 2003-04 season, senior Jia Perkins ranks third on Tech's career list for steals with 269. Standing in second is Camille Franklin (83-86) with 303 and in first is Katrisa O'Neal (97-01) with 352. Junior Cisti Greenwalt is fourth on the career blocks list with 139. Stacey Siebert (86-90) is in third with 154; Carolyn Thompson (80-84) is second with 174; and Crystal Boles (94-98) is first with 191. Perkins also ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,523 points.
Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press and/or the USA Today poll a total of 214 weeks. That includes this year's preseason polls in which Tech is ranked sixth in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA top 25 and 10th in the AP poll.