No. 8 Texas Tech Prepares For North Carolina State At Fall Classic

Plenette Pierson led women's hoops with 24 points and seven rebounds against New Mexico last Monday night.

Plenette Pierson led women's hoops with 24 points and seven rebounds against New Mexico last Monday night.
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Dec. 7, 2000

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Today's Game
No. 8 Texas Tech (5-0) takes on No. 19/21 North Carolina State (6-1) in the first game of the Secret Four in the Fall Classic in Austin, Texas. The second game will match-up No. 10/12 Oregon against No. 25 Texas. It will be the second meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Wolfpack. It will also be the third time this year that Texas Tech has faced a top 25 team. The Lady Raiders defeated No. 8 Penn State, 79-71, and No. 16 Southwest Missouri State, 81-77, in the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Scouting the Opponent
North Carolina State enters the game with a 6-1 record after beating Georgia Tech, 77-63, last Wednesday. In that game, sophomore Carisse Moody had a game-high 23 points followed by sophomore Amy Simpson with 19 points and senior Tynesha Lewis with 17 points. Moody also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, while junior Daphne Hutcherson tallied 11 assists. On the year, Moody leads the Wolfpack in scoring with a 14.9 average followed by Lewis at 14.0 and Simpson at 11.0. Moody is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.0 boards per outing. Hutcherson leads the team in assists with 20. Hutcherson and Lewis both pace NC State in steals with 12, while junior Christen Greene is the top shot blocker with six blocks. The Wolfpack are shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 27.1 percent from three-point range and 69.9 percent sfrom the free throw line. Kay Yow is in her 26th year at the helm of the Wolfpack establishing a record of 538-224. She is also in her 30th season as a head coach with an overall record of 595-243.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds a 1-0 advantage over North Carolina State as the Lady Raiders were victorious, 85-78, March 15, 1999 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Lubbock.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders will return home for three straight games against Oregon (Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.), Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.) and USC (Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.) before the Christmas break. Texas Tech will then travel to Houston to take on Rice on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. and then head west to Santa Clara on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. CST. The Lady Raiders will open Big 12 play on Jan. 3 as they host Missouri at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 439-134 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) - Plenette Pierson picked up her teammates when they needed her most. Pierson had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 8 Texas Tech to a 80-56 victory over New Mexico last Monday night. Tech (5-0) struggled through the first half and led by just seven points at halftime, 31-24. The Lady Raiders took control of the game with 15:17 left in the second half on a 3-pointer by Candi White. Amber Tarr hit a 3-pointer a few seconds later. Pierson then added another six points and White followed with another 3-pointer. A basket by Jia Perkins put Tech ahead 57-37. Molly McKinnon scored 16 points to lead New Mexico (5-3) and Jordan Adams added 14. Tarr had 11 points for Tech, and White and Dionne Brown each had 10.

Team Leaders
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson with a 15.6 average followed by senior Katrisa O?Neal, who is averaging 14.2 points per game. Freshman Jia Perkins is the other Lady Raider averaging double figures with a 14.0 average per outing. Pierson leads the team in rebounding with a 6.4 average, while freshman Dionne Brown averages 6.2 boards a game. Brown has a team-high 79.3 field goal percentage, while Pierson is shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Perkins has team highs of 24 assists and 19 steals. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three-point range and 64.1 from the free throw line.

Lady Raiders Bowl Bound???
The Red Raider football team will have a special cheering section at its game against East Carolina in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl in Houston, Texas on Dec. 27. The Lady Raiders will be attending the bowl game to cheer their Red Raiders on to victory. The Lady Raiders will be in Houston as they take on Rice on Dec. 28.

White Puts Up Career Highs and First Double-Double
Junior Candi White recorded her first career double-double with career highs of 10 points and 10 assists vs. New Mexico Dec. 4. She also added a career-high seven rebounds and a steal, while hitting a career-high two three-pointers.

Pierson Steps Up
Sophomore Plenette Pierson picked up her teammates when they needed her the most against New Mexico Dec. 4. Despite sitting a lot of the first half, Pierson came out in the second half to score 17 of her 24 points. She also tallied seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

High Boards for Perkins
Freshman Jia Perkins pulled down a career-high six rebounds in the Lady Raiders? win on New Mexico Dec. 4. Her previous high was five against Southwest Texas Nov. 29.

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 four of five games. She currently third on the team in scoring with a 14.0 average. She leads the teams in assists (24), steals (19) and is second in blocks (4). Perkins is third in three-point field goal percentage at 44.4 percent. She is tied for second on the team in free throw percentage at 80 percent and is fifth in field goal percentage at 47.4 percent.

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.

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.

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.

Katrisa O'steal
Senior Katrisa O'Neal ranks second on Tech's all-time career list for steals with 278. She needs 25 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 33 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 159 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of eighth 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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