Lady Raiders Look To Stay Perfect

Tech looks to go 7-0 on the season against Lamar on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Tech looks to go 7-0 on the season against Lamar on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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Dec. 14, 1999

Lamar Lady Cardinals         (4-3)
#7/8 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (6-0)
December 15, 1999 - Lubbock, Texas - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)

Wednesday's Game
Texas Tech will play Lamar on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. It will be the fifth meeting between the two teams.

Scouting the Opponent
Lamar enters the game with a 4-3 record after beating Centenary College, 81-44, on Dec. 8. In that game, the Lady Cardinals had five players score in double figures led by sophomore Marilyn Brockman and senior Jill Davis with 13 points each. Freshman Neno Anguiano grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while finishing with eight assists.

Lamar is led in scoring by junior Vanessa Dunn with an 11.7 average followed by Brockman with a 10.7 average. Dunn is also the top rebounder as she is grabbing 6.3 boards per outing. Anguiano has a team-high 21 assists, while junior Niki McKissick and senior Talia Goudy pace the Lady Cardinals in blocks with three apiece.

Lamar is shooting 39 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line.

Head coach DeAnn Craft is in her second season at the helm of the Lady Cardinals with a 13-20 record, while establishing a 79-50 mark in her fifth season as a head coach.

Series Record
Texas Tech holds a 4-0 advantage over Lamar and 3-0 in the Marsha Sharp era. In their last meeting, the Lady Raiders claimed an 86-42 victory Nov. 23, 1996 in Lubbock.

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (412-129, 18th season)
Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-15Aleah Johnson (6-1, Sr., Carrollton, Texas)
F-25Keitha Dickerson (6-0, Sr., Elk City, Okla.)11.710.0.526.476
C-54Plenette Pierson (6-1, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)
G-3Melinda Schmucker-Pharies (5-9, Sr., Nazareth, Texas)
G-24Katrisa O'Neal (5-6, Jr., Plainview, Texas)

Top Reserves

C-34Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas)
G-32Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas)
G-10Kristi Washington (5-10, Jr., Garland, Texas)
G-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)

Lamar Lady Cardinals
Head Coach: DeAnn Craft (13-20, second season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-23Niki McKissick (5-11, Jr., Miami, Florida)
F-43Vanessa Dunn (5-11, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.)
C-42Marilyn Brockman (6-0, So., Salmon Arm, British Columbia)
G-12Neno Anguiano (5-4, Fr., San Antonio, Texas)
G-13Jill Davis (5-6, Sr., New Boston, Texas)

A Look Back
Plenette Pierson scored 15 points and Aleah Johnson added 14 and 14 rebounds to lead Texas Tech to a 66-59 win over New Mexico on Dec. 8.

After sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, Pierson returned in the second half to give the Lady Raiders (6-0) a much-needed boost.

She scored 13 of her points in the second half and helped Texas Tech hold the Lobos to 20 percent shooting from the field. New Mexico had shot 48 percent in the first half to take a 31-30 lead at halftime.

New Mexico stayed close for most of the contest, taking its final lead on a Jordan Adams jumper to make it 45-40. But the Lady Raiders ran off seven straight points - five by Pierson - to make it 47-45. They never trailed again.

The Lobos had cut the lead to 51-50 on Sonya Bryant's layup, but Melinda Schmucker-Pharies knocked down a 3-pointer and Tanisha Ellison and Keitha Dickerson scored on back-to-back breakaway ayups to increase the lead to 58-50.

Dickerson finished with 14 points for Texas Tech and nine rebounds and Schmucker-Pharies added 10 points.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 412-129 in her 18th year at the helm of the Lady Raiders. The 1999 Big 12 Coach of the Year, for the second consecutive year, has led the Lady Raiders to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 10 consecutive, and five NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and the NCAA National Championship in 1993. 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. Sharp claimed her 400th career victory last season in the 83-71 win at Colorado on Feb. 24, 1999.

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.

Off to Best Start Since 1992-93
The Lady Raiders are off to their best start with a 6-0 mark since the 1992-93 season when they went 9-0 before suffering their first loss to Utah, 72-55, Jan. 8 1993. The 6-0 start is the third best start for Tech in the Marsha Sharp era. Besides the 9-0 mark, Tech went 7-0 to begin the 1984-85 season.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Dec. 6, Texas Tech ranks first with 17 other schools in won-lost percentage at 1.000. Tech is also third in scoring defense (51.0) and 12th in scoring margin (20.2).

Senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 31st in rebounding with a 10.2 average.

Johnson Gets First Double-Double
Senior Aleah Johnson picked up her first double-double of the year as she scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the triumph at New Mexico Dec. 8. It marked the Lady Raiders' sixth double-double of the season.

Pierson Comes Alive in Second Half
Freshman Plenette Pierson came out on fire in the second half of the game at New Mexico Dec. 8 to score 13 points after just scoring two points in the first half. Pierson's 15 points for the game led the Lady Raiders. She has now scored in double figures in all six games this year.

Schmucker-Pharies Moves Up the Charts
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies dished out four assists in the win at New Mexico Dec. 8 to pass Julie Lake for third on Tech's all-time career list for assists. Schmucker-Pharies now has 442 career assists, while Camille Franklin stands in second with 482. Also in the game at UNM, she scored a season-high 10 points.

Pierson Scores Another 21
Freshman Plenette Pierson matched her career-high 21 points vs. SMU Dec. 4. It was the second straight game Pierson had scored 21 points as she had 21 at USA Nov. 29.

Dickerson Gets Third Double-Double
Senior Keitha Dickerson picked up her third double-double of the season in the win over SMU Dec. 4 as she finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. She also tied her career high of six assists.

Ellison Contributes
Sophomore Tanisha Ellison has been an asset off the bench for the Lady Raiders this year. She scored a career-high 12 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26. Against SMU Dec. 4, Ellison scored 10 points in just 14 minutes of play.

40 For Dickerson and Johnson
Senior Keitha Dickerson played all 40 minutes in the Lady Raiders' triumph over SMU Dec. 4, while senior Aleah Johnson saw 40 minutes of action in the win at New Mexico Dec. 8. It was a season first for both players.

Schmucker-Pharies Goes the Distance - Again
At USC Nov. 29, senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies played all 45 minutes as she finished with seven points. Earlier this season, she also played all 40 minutes in the Lady Raiders victory over LSU Nov. 20. Schmucker-Pharies finished that game with a team-high five assists and tied junior Katrisa O'Neal with four steals each.

Block Buster
Freshman Jamie Nagle made her collegiate debut against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26. The 6-7 center swatted three shots in 18 minutes of play, which was a Lady Raider game high.

Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 18-home game winning streak after its first three home games of the season. Tech's streak ranks them fifth among NCAA Division I home-court winning streaks. Grambling currently has the number one streak at 57 games.

Sellout Crowd
Texas Tech's first game of the year and the first in the United Spirit Arena against LSU Nov. 20 was a sellout crowd of 15,050. It marked the second largest crowd for a Big 12 women's basketball game. The largest crowd was 15, 303 when Texas hosted Louisiana Tech on March 27, 1987. It is also the third largest crowd this year in Division I basketball as of Dec. 6.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders will travel to Florida with games at South Florida Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. CST and at Central Florida Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. CST. Tech's last game of 1999 will be at TCU Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. The Lady Raiders will open the Big 12 season at Iowa State Jan. 2 at noon on FOX. television.

Lady Raiders in the Polls
Since January 20, 1992, the Lady Raiders have been ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll and/or the USA Today poll, a total of 141 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of seventh by the AP and eighth by USA Today.

Poll Position
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders moved up to seventh in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and eighth in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the week of Dec. 13.

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


Starting Lineups: 1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 6-0
Double-Figure Scoring Games: Pierson 6, Dickerson 5, Johnson 5, O'Neal 3, Ellison 2, Nagle 1, Schmucker-Pharies 1
Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 3, Pierson 2, Johnson
Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 3, Johnson 2, O'Neal 1
Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 3, Pierson 2, Johnson
Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 4, Dickerson 3, O'Neal 1, Tarr 1


TECH TOTALS10-17.588


Ahead at halftime:4-04-00-0
Behind at halftime:2-00-02-0
Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
Bench outscores opponents:3-03-00-0
Shooting 50 percent or better:1-01-00-0
Shooting under 50 percent:5-03-02-0
Outshooting opponents:4-03-01-0
Outrebounding opponents:5-04-01-0
Outrebounded by opponents:1-00-01-0
Fewer turnovers than opponents:5-04-01-0
More turnovers than opponents: 1-00-01-0
Current streak:6 wins
Longest winning streak:6
Longest losing streak:-
Mondays: 1-0
Tuesdays: 1-0

Big12 Preseason Polls
Coaches Poll

School (First-place votes)Total
1.Iowa State (11)121
4.Texas (1)90
5.Texas Tech83
7.Kansas State59
10.Oklahoma State31
12.Texas A&M18

Media Poll

1.Iowa State (12)198
2.Kansas (2)171
3.Nebraska 162
4.Texas (1)155
5. Texas Tech (2)153
7.Kansas State94
11.Oklahoma State52
12.Texas A&M26

1999-00 Double-Doubles

Keitha Dickerson16 points, 15 rebounds
vs. Rice, Nov. 23
11 points, 11 rebounds
vs. Southwest Texas St., Nov. 26
11 points, 11 rebounds
vs. SMU, Dec. 4
Plenette Pierson14 points, 10 rebounds
vs. Rice, Nov. 23
21 points, 10 rebounds
at USC, Nov. 29
Aleah Johnson14 points, 14 rebounds
at New Mexico, Dec. 8

Career Assists

1. 553Krista Kirkland (89-93)
2. 482Camille Franklin (82-86)
3. 442Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
4. 441Julie Lake (95-99)

1999-00 Women's Basketball Attendance Figures
(as of Dec. 13, 1999)

Texas Tech49,512/412,378
Iowa State30,417/310,139
New Mexico36,668/57,334
SW Missouri St.35,645/57,129
Penn State14,188/34,729




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