Lady Raiders Host SMU Saturday
Dec. 1, 1999
LUBBOCK, Tex. - Texas Tech will play SMU on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. It will be the 41st meeting between the two schools.
Scouting the Opponents
Rucker leads the team in scoring with a 19.8 average followed by senior Karlin Kennedy at 16.5 and junior Anika Calvert at 10.5. Remke is the top rebounder with a 10.0 average per outing, while having a team-high seven blocks on the year. Rucker also has dished a team-high 20 assists.
The Mustangs are shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 25.6 percent from three-point range and 69.9 percent from the free throw line.
A Look Back
Freshman Plenette Pierson scored a career-high 21points that included a 14-foot jumper with one second left in regulation to tie the score at 59 and send the game into overtime.
The Lady Raiders struggled all evening long due to a stingy USC defense that caused 17 Texas Tech turnovers. Tech saw just one lead in the first half when Katrisa O'Neal stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup to give Tech a 23-12 lead. USC answered by scoring 12 straight points to take a 33-26 lead at the half. It was more of the same in the second half as USC's defense continued to cause problems for the Texas Tech offense. USC led by as much as nine points at one time in the second half fueled by 19 points by Denise Woods.
The momentum began to shift with 2:01 remaining in regulation after two free throws by O'Neal that led to seven straight Tech points.
In overtime, senior forward Keitha Dickerson scored four points before fouling out and the Lady Raiders were able to bring their season record to 4-0.
Pierson led all Tech scorers with 21 points. O'Neal tied her career high with 17 and senior Aleah Johnson finished with 10.
Probable StartersTexas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (410-129, 18th season)
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
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.
Pierson Sets Another Career High
O'Neal Matches Career High
Schmucker-Pharies Goes the Distance - Again
Johnson Making Her Mark
Schmucker-Pharies Dishes Out
Home Court Streak
A Look Ahead
Cudnoski Tears ACL
Lady Raiders in the Polls
1999-2000 LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL
|TECH RECORD WHEN||Overall||Home||Away|
|Ahead at halftime:||3-0||3-0||0-0|
|Behind at halftime:||1-0||0-0||1-0|
|Tied at halftime:||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|Bench outscores opponents:||2-0||2-0||0-0|
|Shooting 50 percent or better:||1-0||1-0||0-0|
|Shooting under 50 percent:||2-0||2-0||0-0|
|Outrebounded by opponents:||1-0||0-0||1-0|
|Fewer turnovers than opponents:||4-0||3-0||1-0|
|More turnovers than opponents:||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|Longest winning streak: 4||Sundays: 0-0||Wednesdays: 0-0|
|Longest losing streak: -||Mondays: 1-0||Thursdays: 0-0|
|Current streak: 4 wins||Tuesdays: 1-0||Fridays: 1-0|
Big12 Preseason Polls
|School (1st-place votes)||Total|
|1.||Iowa State (11)||121|
|1.||Iowa State (12)||198|
|5.||Texas Tech (2)||153|
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders moved up to 16th in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls for the week of Nov. 29.
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 commentary by Crystal Boles and Kent Best as they go to the court with the Lady Raiders. Other affiliates carrying Lady Raider Basketball are:
KPUR-AM 1440 - Amarillo
KVRP-FM 95.5 - Haskell
KPET-AM 690 - Lamesa
KZZN-AM 1490 - Littlefield
KFYO-AM 790 - Lubbock
KKCL-FM 98.1 - Lubbock
KMND-AM 1510 - Midland
KKYN-AM 1090 - Plaineview
KRIL-AM 1410 - Odessa
Plenette Pierson - 14 points, 10 rebounds
vs. Rice, Nov. 23
21 points, 10 rebounds
at USC, Nov. 29
Career Assists: Schmucker-Pharies on the move
|1. 553||Krista Kirkland (89-93)|
|2. 482||Camille Franklin (82-86)|
|3. 441||Julie Lake (95-99)|
|4. 437||Melinda Schmucker-Pharies|
Weekly Press Luncheon
Each Monday Marsha Sharp will conduct a weekly press luncheon in press conference room at the United Spirit Arena. Coach Sharp's press conference will begin promptly at 11 a.m. followed by coach James Dickey's at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow in the Athletic Dining Hall.
Lady Raider Firsts in the United Spirit Arena
Big 12 Women's Basketball Teleconferences
Through the work of Premiere Technologies, Inc. the Big 12 will host four regular season women's basketball teleconferences during the season. The briefings will feature seven minutes with each head coach and will take place on selected Tuesdays beginning at 10 a.m. central time.
The Big 12 Tournament teleconference will be conducted Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. and will feature all 12 head coaches previewing the league tournament. A fifth teleconference will be conducted on March 14, beginning at 10 a.m. central time, and will feature only the head coaches involved in post-season play.
Media wishing to dial into the conference call may contact (913) 981-5530. This number is for media use ONLY. You will be required to identify yourself with media affiliation when you access the call.
Women's basketball teleconferences are scheduled for Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 , March 3 and March 14. Following is a tentative schedule:
10:00 a.m. - Paul Sanderford, Nebraska
10:07 a.m. - Cindy Stein, Missouri
10:14 a.m. - Jody Conradt, Texas
10:21 a.m. - Sherri Coale, Oklahoma
10:28 a.m. - Marian Washington, Kansas
10:35 a.m. - Peggie Gillom, Texas A&M
10:42 a.m. - Sonja Hogg, Baylor
10:49 a.m. - Dick Halterman, Oklahoma State
10:56 a.m. - Deb Patterson, Kansas State
11:03 a.m. - Bill Fennelly, Iowa State
11:10 a.m. - Ceal Barry, Colorado
11:17 a.m. - Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech
Tanisha Ellison - TAH-nish-ah
Aleah Johnson - ah-LEE-ah
Katrisa O'Neal - ka-TREE-sa
Melinda Schmucker-Pharies -
SCHMICK-er - FAIR-us
Lady Raiders By Height
#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
Has started all four games...leads the team in assists with 21...played all 45 minutes in win at USC Nov. 29... played all 40 minutes in the win over LSU Nov. 20...dished out a team-high 11 assists against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...scored a season-high three points against SWT...had a season-high five steals against Rice Nov. 23.
#10 Kristi Washington
Has played in all four games...scored two points against LSU Nov. 20 and Southwest Texas State No. 26...grabbed three rebounds against LSU...had two assists against SWT and Rice Nov. 23.
#15 Aleah Johnson
Has started all four games...scored a career-high 21 points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 in just 15 minutes of play...scored 16 points against LSU Nov. 20...had 15 points against Rice Nov. 23...grabbed six rebounds vs. LSU...also had a block vs. LSU...scored 11 points at USC Nov. 29...had a career-high four steals at USC.
#24 Katrisa O'Neal
Has started all four games...scored a career-high 17 points vs. Rice Nov. 23 and matched that at USC Nov. 29...grabbed a season-high six rebounds vs. LSU Nov. 20 and Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...finished with four assists against Rice and SWT...had four steals against LSU.
#25 Keitha Dickerson
Has started all four games...has recorded two double-doubles this season...scored a season-high 16 points while grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds against Rice Nov. 23 and had 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...allied four steals against Rice and at USC Nov. 29...had a season-high four assists at USC.
#32 Amber Tarr
Has played in all four games...tied her career high of six points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...has hit one three-point basket in games against LSU Nov. 20 and SWT...grabbed a season-high three rebounds against LSU and SWT...dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Southwest Texas State...had two steals vs. LSU.
#34 Tanisha Ellison
Has played in all four games...scored a career-high 12 points in the victory over Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...also grabbed a career-high six rebounds vs. SWT...had an assist against SWT...recorded a steal vs. LSU Nov. 20 and at USC Nov. 29.
#50 Nikki Hendrix
Made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...scored four points and grabbed three rebounds...also had a block vs. SWT.
#52 Alison Cudnoski
Has not played yet this season...tore her ACL in her right knee.
#54 Plenette Pierson
Has started all four games as a freshman...has mad an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in all four games...scored a career-high 21 points at USC Nov. 29 and tied her career high of 10 rebounds in her second double-double...scored 20 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...scored 14 points against Rice Nov. 23...had 12 points in collegiate debut against LSU Nov. 20...recorded a double-double against Rice with 14 points and 10 rebounds...had two steals against SWT...also had an assist vs. SWT...had her first block at USC.
#55 Jamie Nagle
Made collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...came off the bench and scored 12 points vs. SWT in 18 minutes of action...also had three blocked shots, six boards and an assist vs. SWT.