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Plenette Pierson set a career high for assists in Monday night's game against Texas Arlington.

Plenette Pierson set a career high for assists in Monday night's game against Texas Arlington.
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#9 Penn State Lady Lions (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. #13 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Paradise Jam Tournament
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
November 24, 2000 - 4 p.m. CST

Friday's Game
No. 12/13 Texas Tech takes on No. 8/9 Penn State in the first game of the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands at 4 p.m. CST. No. 10/10 LSU and No. 16/17 Southwest Missouri State will face-off in the second game at 6:30 p.m. CST. On Saturday, Nov. 25, the two losing teams will play each other at 4 p.m. CST with the championship game to follow at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Scouting the Opponent
Tonight will be the fourth game for Penn State. The Lady Lions enter the game with a 2-1 record after losing to Duke, 88-87, last Monday night. PSU's two wins came against Old Dominion (99-72) and Villanova (81-70).

In the game against Duke, senior Lisa Shepherd had a game-high 27 points, while senior Maren Walseth and freshman Jessica Brungo added 17 and 12 points, respectively. Walseth had a game-high nine rebounds and sophomore Ashley Luke dished out six assists. Penn State shot 41.4 percent from the field (24-58), 60 percent from the three-point range (9-15) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (30-36.

On the year, Penn State is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the free throw line.

Rene Portland is in her 21st season at the helm of the Lady Lions establishing a record of 468-157. She is also in her 25th year as a head coach with an overall record of 555-186.

Series Record
Tonight is just the second meeting between the two teams. Penn State holds a 1-0 advantage over Texas Tech. The Lady Lions won the first contest, 85-80, back on Dec. 19, 1987 in University Park, Pa.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will return home on Nov. 29 to take on Southwest Texas and again on Dec. 4 vs. New Mexico. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders will then head to Austin, Texas for the Secret Four in the Fall Classic to play North Carolina State. Last year, Tech hosted the Secret Four in the Fall Classic and defeated LSU, 56-49.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 435-134 in her 19th year at the helm of the Lady Raiders. She has led the Lady Raiders to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 11 consecutive, and six NCAA Sweet 16 and three Elite Eight appearances and the NCAA National Championship in 1993. Sharp has led the Lady Raiders to three-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season titles and two tournament crowns. 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.

The Last Time Out
(AP) - Dionne Brown scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 13 Texas Tech opened its season with a 78-40 victory over Texas-Arlington on Monday.

Amber Tarr added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, Katrisa O'Neal and Jia Perkins scored 12 each, and Casey Jackson 10 as the Lady Raiders improved to 7-1 against Texas-Arlington. Texas Tech led by 20 at halftime and opened up a 35-point lead with 10 minutes to play. Texas-Arlington (0-2) did manage to hold Texas Tech scoreless for more than six minutes in the second half. O'Neal broke the dry spell with two free throws with 4:08 to go. Tech then scored seven baskets in a row. The Lady Mavericks were led by Tasha Campbell with 10 points. No other Texas-Arlington players reached double figures as the team shot 28.6 percent from the field for the game. The Lady Raiders shot 48.5 percent.

Brown Paces Lady Raiders
Freshman Dionne Brown came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points and grab six rebounds in 15 minutes of action in the Lady Raiders win over Texas-Arlington Nov. 20.

Double Digits for Five
In Texas Tech's 78-40 win over Texas-Arlington Nov. 20, the Lady Raiders had five players score in double figures. Freshman Dionne Brown led the way with 15 points followed by junior Amber Tarr with 14, senior Katrisa O'Neal and freshman Jia Perkins with 12 points apiece and freshman Casey Jackson with 10.

Freshmen Put Up 41 Points
Four of Texas Tech's "Fab Five" scored 41 of Tech's 78 points against Texas-Arlington. Dionne Brown had 15, while Jia Perkins added 12, Casey Jackson 10 and Jolee Ayers four. Natalie Ritchie did not play as she is sitting out a few weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

Plenty of Perks for Perkins
In her first collegiate game, freshman Jia Perkins had plenty of positives. She came off the bench to score 12 points and dish out seven assists, while adding five steals and two rebounds in 22 minutes of play.

Pierson Has Career High Assists
The only career high set in the Texas-Arlington game by a returning player was sophomore Plenette Pierson's three career-high assists. Her previous career high was two.

Lady Raiders Win 11th Straight Home Opener
Texas Tech recorded its 11th straight home-opening win with a 78-40 triumph over Texas-Arlington Nov. 20. The last time Tech lost a home opener was against Grambling, 67-64, Dec. 1, 1989.

Pierson Preseason Naismith Candidate
Sophomore Plenette Pierson was one of 30 women's basketball players named as a Preseason Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Candidate announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pierson was the only player from the Big 12 who was selected as a candidate.

Ritchie Sidelined
Freshman guard Natalie Ritchie will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Friday, Nov. 10. Surgery was performed to remove loose bodies.

Katrisa O'Steal
Senior Katrisa O'Neal ranks second on Tech's all-time career list for steals with 272. She needs 31 steals to tie Camille Franklin for first on the list with 303 steals.

Cudnoski Makes it Through
First the time in three seasons, redshirt sophomore Alison Cudnoski played in her first collegiate game as a Lady Raider. In her freshman year, Cudnoski tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the first practice and sat out that year. And then last year, she tore the same ACL in the second intrasquad scrimmage and missed the rest of the season.

Home Court Streak
Texas Tech is tied for the second longest home-court winning streak in Division I women's basketball. Tech has won 31 straight home games along with Kent. Leading the way is Grambling with 66 home victories.

Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in Associated Press and/or the USA Today poll a total of 157 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 12th by both the USA Today and 13th by the Associated Press.

Sharp One of the Elite
Entering the 2000-01 season, head coach Marsha Sharp's .76367 winning percentage ranks her eighth best in the country. Sharp had a 433-134 career record according to NCAA standards. The NCAA does not include forfeits in the overall record, which was 434-134. Sharp won a game by forfeit during the 1988-89 season against Baylor.

Strength of Schedule
According to the WBCA/Summerville Women's Basketball 2000-01 preseason strength of schedule rankings, Texas Tech ranks 29th overall, which includes all opponents for this season. The Lady Raiders rank 20th in non-conference opponents.

Follow the Lady Raiders on the Radio
All Lady Raider basketball games can be heard live on the All Sports Radio Network on KFYO-AM 790 and KKCL-FM 98.1 locally. Listen to play-by-play by Ryan Hyatt, with color comentary by Crystal Boles (home games) and Melissa Maines (road games) as they take the court with the Lady Raiders. The following radio stations will air the Lady Raider basketball games this season:

KFOY-AM-790 - Lubbock
KKCL-FM-98.1 - Lubbock
KWND-AM-1510 - Midland
KKYN-AM-1090 - Plainview




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