Women's Basketball Takes On Southwest Texas Wednesday Night

Senior Katrisa O'Neal scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Penn State and is the reigning Big-12 Player of the Week.

Senior Katrisa O'Neal scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Penn State and is the reigning Big-12 Player of the Week.
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Nov. 28, 2000

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Southwest Texas Bobcats (2-2, 0-0 SLC) vs. #10 Lady Raiders (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
November 29, 2000 - 7 p.m.
Lubbock, Texas
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Wednesday's Game
No. 10 Texas Tech takes on Southwest Texas in the United Spirit Arena at 7 p.m. It is the eighth meeting between the two teams.

Scouting the Opponent
Southwest Texas enters the game with a 2-2 record after beating Morehead State, 82-73, last Saturday.

On the year, junior Kendall Arant leads the Bobcats in scoring with a 17.3 average followed by junior Amber Morrow with an 12.3 average. Morrow is also the top rebounder, averaging 7.8 boards a game. Arant leads the team in assists with 15, steals with 11 and blocks with four. SWT is shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three-point range and 63.3 percent from the free throw line.

Suzanne Fox is in her fourth year at the helm of the Bobcats establishing a record of 30-55. She is also in her ninth year as a head coach with an overall record of 147-88.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds a 7-0 advantage over Southwest Texas and a 3-0 mark in the Marsha Sharp era. In their last meeting, the Lady Raiders were victorious, 102-44, Nov. 26, 1999.

A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will return home on Dec. 4 vs. New Mexico 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. The Lady Raiders will come back home for three straight games against Oregon (Dec. 13), Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 19) and USC (Dec. 22) before the Christmas break.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 437-134 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
No. 12 Texas Tech captured the first-ever Paradise Jam Tournament championship last Saturday in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands by defeating No. 16 Southwest Missouri State, 81-77, in the title game.

Sophomore forward/center Plenette Pierson led the team to victory with a career-high 27 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds in her first double-double of the season. Freshman guard Jia Perkins came off the bench to record a career-high 20 points in a team-high 33 minutes of play. Senior Katrisa O'Neal added 15 points and junior Amber Tarr chipped in 10. Perkins also had team highs of four assists and four steals.

O'Neal, Pierson and Perkins were named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team.

Team Leaders
Texas Tech is led in scoring by senior Katrisa O'Neal with a 17.0 average followed by sophomore Plenette Pierson, who is averaging 16.3 points per game. Freshman Jia Perkins is the other Lady Raider averaging double figures with a 14.7 average per outing. Pierson leads the team in rebounding with a 6.7 average, while freshman Dionne Brown averages 5.3 boards a game. Brown has a team-high 76.5 field goal percentage, while Pierson is shooting 54.5 percent from the field. Perkins has team highs of 17 assists and 11 steals. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 69.8 from the free throw line.

All-Tournament Team
Senior Katrisa O'Neal, sophomore Plenette Pierson and freshman Jia Perkins were named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team after the Lady Raiders captured the Paradise Jam Tournament title by beating No. 8 Penn State, 79-71, and No. 16 SW Missouri State, 81-77, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pierson Gets Career High
Sophomore Plenette Pierson led Texas Tech with a career-high 27 points en route to beating SW Missouri State, 81-77, in the championship game of the Paradise Jam Tournament.

First Double-Double Sophomore Plenette Pierson recorded her first double-double of the season as she scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. SW Missouri State Nov. 25.

Perkins Keeps Putting Up the Numbers
Freshman Jia Perkins scored a career-high 20 points vs. SW Missouri State Nov. 25. She played a team-high 33 minutes in that game. Perkins has scored in double figures in all three games this year.

O'Neal Scores Career High
Senior Katrisa O'Neal led the Lady Raiders to victory over No. 8 Penn State last Friday as she scored a career-high 24 points in 34 minutes of action. Her previous career high was 21 points set last year at Central Florida, Dec. 19.

Back-to-Back Double Figures
Three players, including two freshman, scored in double figures in back-to-back games. Senior Katrisa O'Neal scored 12 points vs. UTA Nov. 20 and 24 points against Penn State Nov. 24. Freshman Dionne Brown tallied 15 vs. UTA and 10 against PSU, while freshman Jia Perkins chipped in 12 points in both games.

Knocking off the Top 10
For the second time in four games, dating back to last season, the Lady Raiders have beaten a top 10 team. Tech defeated No. 5 Notre Dame, 69-65, on March 25 in the NCAA Sweet 16. Then last Friday, the Lady Raiders upset No. 8 Penn State, 79-71, in the first game of the inaugural Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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 274. She needs 29 steals to tie Camille Franklin for first on the list with 303 steals.

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 1587 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of 10th by both the USA Today and 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.




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