Dec. 1, 2000
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New Mexico Lobos (4-2, 0-0 MWC) vs.
#10 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (4-0, 0-0 Big 12)
December 4, 2000 @ Lubbock, Texas -- 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)
No. 10 Texas Tech takes on New Mexico in the United Spirit Arena at 7 p.m. It is the ninth meeting between the two teams.
Scouting the Opponent
New Mexico enters the game with a 5-2 record after beating UTEP last Thursday, 87-37, in Albuquerque. In that game, sophomore Cristal Garcia led all players with 16 points followed by junior Molly McKinnon and freshman Melissa Forest with 12 points apiece. Sophomores Jordan Adams and Chelsea Grear each added 11 points. Grear also had a game-high 14 rebounds, while senior Nikki Heckroth dished out nine assists and Adams finished with three blocks.
On the year, the Lobos are led in scoring by Adams with a 15.0 average followed by McKinnon at 11.4 and senior Miranda Sanchez at 10.3. Adams is also the top rebounder, grabbing 6.4 boards per outing. McKinnon has team highs of 35 assists and 16 steals, while Adams is the top shot blocker with 24 blocks on the year. The Lobos are shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 33 percent from the three-point line and 68.1 percent from the free throw line.
Don Flanagan is in his sixth year as head coach of the Lobos establishing a record of 105-52.
Texas Tech holds an 8-0 advantage over New Mexico and a 6-0 record in the Marsha Sharp era. In their last meeting, the Lady Raiders were victorious, 66-59, Dec. 8, 1999 in Albuquerque.
A Look Ahead
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 438-134 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.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by freshman Jia Perkins with a 15.8 average followed by senior Katrisa O'Neal, who is averaging 15.5 points per game. Sophomore Plenette Pierson is the other Lady Raider averaging double figures with a 13.5 average per outing. Freshman Dionne Brown leads the team in rebounding with a 6.5 average, while Pierson averages 6.3 boards a game. Brown has a team-high 78.3 field goal percentage, while Pierson is shooting 55.6 percent from the field. Perkins has team highs of 21 assists and 16 steals. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 45.2 percent from three-point range and 68.9 from the free throw line.
Tech Allows Second Lowest Points
Texas Tech's 72-30 win over Southwest Texas Nov. 25 marked the second lowest points allowed in the history of Lady Raider basketball. The fewest points Tech has ever allowed was 26 at McMurray on Feb. 24, 1978 in an 84-26 victory. The third fewest points allowed was 31 at TCU, Feb. 25, 1985 as Tech was victorious 65-31.
Brown Has Double Vision
Freshman Dionne Brown recorded her first career double-double against Southwest Texas Nov. 29 as she scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of play. She has scored in double figures in three of four games this season.
Perkins Get the Start
Freshman Jia Perkins made her first collegiate start against Southwest Texas Nov. 29. Her nervousness didn't last long as she poured in 19 points, a career-high five rebounds, four assists, five steals and one block in a team-high 31 minutes. She went 9-for-11 from the field, including 1-for-1 from the three-point line.
Making an Impact
Freshman Jia Perkins has made an immediate impact for the Lady Raiders this year. Perkins has scored in double figures in all four games (12, 12, 20, 19). She currently leads the team in scoring with a 15.8 average. She leads the teams in assists (21), steals (16) and is tied for first in blocks (3). Perkins is tied for first in three-point field goal percentage at 57.1 percent. She is second on the team in free throw percentage at 81.8 percent and is fourth in field goal percentage at 54.3 percent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Katrisa O'Neal ranks second on Tech's all-time career list for steals with 276. She needs 27 steals to tie Camille Franklin for first on the list with 303 steals.
Home Court Streak
Texas Tech has the second longest home-court winning streak in Division I women's basketball. Tech has won 32 straight home games. 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 158 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.