Dec. 12, 2000
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#13/14 Oregon Ducks (4-1, 0-0 Pac-10) vs.
#11 Lady Raiders (5-1, 0-0 Big 12)
December 13, 2000 - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050) - Lubbock, Texas
No. 11 Texas Tech (5-1) takes on No. 13/14 Oregon (4-1) tonight in the United Spirit Arena at 7 p.m. It is the second meeting between the Lady Raiders and the Ducks.
Scouting the Opponent
Oregon enters the game with a 4-1 record after losing to No. 25 Texas, 82-58, in the Secret Four in the Fall Classic in Austin, Texas last Saturday. In that game, senior Angela Wolvert scored a team-high 17 points followed by junior Jamie Craighead with 11 and senior Lindsey Dion with 10. Wolvert and senior Brianne Meharry each had six rebounds, while Craighead and Dion had three assists apiece. Senior Jenny Mowe tallied two blocks.
On the year, Wolvert leads the Ducks in scoring with a 16.4 average, while Craighead is averaging 9.2 points per outing. Mowe is the top rebounder, grabbing 5.6 boards a game. Craighead and Dion each have a team-high 14 assists and Mowe is the top shot blocker with seven blocks. Sophomore Alyssa Fredrick leads the team in steals with seven. The Ducks are shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 65.6 percent from the free throw line.
Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks establishing an overall record of 147-62.
Texas Tech holds a 1-0 advantage over Oregon as the Lady Raiders were victorious, 68-63, Dec. 1, 1986 in Eugene, Ore.
A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders will play two more home games against 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 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 439-135 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. 8 Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the season in a 59-51 defeat to No. 19 North Carolina State in the Secret Four in the Fall Classic in Austin, Texas Dec. 9.
In that game, freshman Jia Perkins had a team-high 12 points followed by senior Katrisa O'Neal with 11. Junior Tanisha Ellison added nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Wolfpack was led in scoring by sophomore Carisse Moody with 14 points and sophomore Adeola Olanrewaju with 11.
The Lady Raiders shot a season-low 31.9 percent from the field, hitting just 15 of 47 baskets. Tech did shot a season-high 81.8 percent from the free throw line as it made 18 of its 22 attempts.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson with a 14.0 average followed by senior Katrisa O'Neal and freshman Jia Perkins, who are each averaging 13.7 points per game. Junior Tanisha Ellison is the top rebounder, averaging 6.0 boards per outing, while both Pierson and freshman Dionne Brown are averaging 5.8 rebounds a game. Brown has a team-high 75.8 field goal percentage, while Pierson is shooting 56 percent from the field. Perkins has team highs of 26 assists and 21 steals. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent 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 Dec. 28.
Freshman guard Natalie Ritchie is expected to see some playing time this week against Oregon. Ritchie has been cleared by the doctors to play after having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on Nov. 10.
Lady Raiders Shoot Season Low
In Tech's 59-51 loss to North Carolina State, the Lady Raiders shot a season-low 31.9 percent from the field, including a season-low 21.4 percent from three-point range. Tech hit just 15 of 47 shot attempts while going 3-for-14 from the three-point arc. The Lady Raiders' best shooting performance of the year came against Southwest Missouri State when they hit 29 of 55 attempts for a 52.7 percentage.
Sinking the Freebies
Texas Tech went 18-of-22 from the free throw line against North Carolina State for an 81.8 percentage, it's highest of the season. The Lady Raiders made a dramatic improvement from the previous game against New Mexico when they shot a season-low 52.6 percent from the charity stripe (20-of-38).
Tech vs. the Top 25
Tonight's game against No. 13/14 Oregon will mark the fourth top 25 team Texas Tech has played this season. The Lady Raiders are 2-1 this year against teams ranked in the top 25. Tech was victorious over No. 8 Penn State and No. 16 Southwest Missouri State, while losing to No. 19 North Carolina State.
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.
Making an Impact
Freshman Jia Perkins has made an immediate impact for the Lady Raiders this year. Perkins has scored in double figures in five of six games. She currently tied for second on the team in scoring with a 13.7 average. She leads the teams in assists (26), steals (21) and blocks (6). Perkins is second in three-point field goal percentage at 45.5 percent. She is fourth on the team in free throw percentage at 76 percent and is fifth in field goal percentage at 44.6 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.
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 160 weeks. That includes the Dec. 11 rankings of 11th 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.