Dec. 18, 2000
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Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions (1-6, 0-2 SLC) vs.
#11 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (6-1, 0-0 Big 12)
December 19, 2000 @ Lubbock, Texas - 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)
No. 11 Texas Tech (6-1) takes on Southeastern Louisiana (1-6) tonight in the United Spirit Arena at 7 p.m. It is the second meeting between the two teams.
Scouting the Opponent
Southeastern Louisiana enters the game with a 1-6 overall record and 0-2 in the Southland Conference after losing to Louisiana-Monroe, 69-53, last Saturday. In that game, senior Deirdre Allen had a team-high 20 points, while senior Stacey Turner chipped in 14. Junior Keelee Traylor had a team-high eight rebounds and junior Ann Webster tallied four assists.
On the year, Turner paces the Lady Lions in scoring with a 14.1 average followed by Allen at 12.7. Traylor is the top rebounder, grabbing 6.3 boards per game. Webster has team highs of 25 assists and 23 steals, while Traylor is the top shot blocker with five blocks. SLU is shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 23.4 percent from three-point range and 59.5 percent from the free throw line.
Frank Schneider is in his 16th season at the helm of the Lady Lions establishing a record of 200-220. He is also in his 22nd year as a head coach with an overall record of 304-295.
In the series, Southeastern Louisiana holds a 1-0 advantage over Texas Tech as the Lady Lions won the first meeting, 85-58, on Nov. 23, 1978 at the Flying Queens Classic.
A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders will play one more home games against 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 440-135 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
(AP) - Plenette Pierson and Jia Perkins each hit two free throws in the final 12 seconds Wednesday night to help No. 11 Texas Tech beat No. 14 Oregon 79-75 in overtime.
Oregon (4-2) forced overtime by overcoming a 12-point deficit with 6:36 remaining in the game. In overtime, Tech (6-1) took an early 71-68 lead on a free throw by Katrisa O'Neal and basket by Casey Jackson.
The Ducks tied it at 71 when Lindsey Dion and Alyssa Fredrick combined to hit three of four free throws.
Tech took the lead for good on a driving basket by Perkins with 2:31 remaining. After a missed shot by Oregon, O'Neal drilled a shot from just inside the 3-point arc as the shot clock expired, pushing the Lady Raiders' lead to 75-71.
Oregon got within two points twice in the final 40 seconds on baskets by Jenny Mowe and Fredrick, but the Lady Raiders, who had struggled from the free throw line (21 of 37) sank four in the final seconds to secure the victory.
Tech (6-1) built a 61-49 lead on O'Neal's layup with 6:36 remaining, but Oregon steadily whittled away at the lead, cutting it to 67-66 with 2:10 remaining on a pair of free throws by Kourtney Shreve.
Jackson answered by converting one of two free throws with 35.8 seconds remaining in regulation to give Tech a 68-66 lead, but Oregon's Fredrick
converted an inside basket to tie it up with nine seconds remaining.
Pierson led the Lady Raiders with 20 points while Perkins contributed 17.
Oregon was led by Mowe with 16 points.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by sophomore Plenette Pierson with a 14.9 average followed by freshman Jia Perkins with a 14.1 average. Senior Katrisa O'Neal is averaging 13.6 points per game. Junior Tanisha Ellison is the top rebounder, averaging 6.4 boards per outing, while Pierson is averaging 5.4 rebounds and freshman Dionne Brown is averaging 5.8 a game. Brown has a team-high 75.8 field goal percentage, while Pierson and junior Candi White are both shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Perkins has team highs of 29 assists, 25 steals and seven blocks. On the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range and 64.7 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.
First OT Game of Season
Texas Tech was victorious in its first overtime game of the year in a 79-75 triumph over No. 13 Oregon. Last season, the Lady Raiders were 2-0 in overtime games, including a double-overtime win at Texas, 91-85, Feb. 23, 2000.
Pierson Rallies Back
After only playing 16 minutes and scoring just six points due to foul trouble against North Carolina State Dec. 9, sophomore Plenette Pierson rallied back to score 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in 34 minutes of play in the win over Oregon Dec. 13.
Freshman guard Natalie Ritchie got her first playing time of the season against Oregon Dec. 13. Ritchie has been cleared by the doctors to play after having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on Nov. 10.
Brown Sidelined 2-3 More Weeks
Freshman Dionne Brown will be sidelined for 2-3 more weeks after tearing her medial collateral ligament in her right knee against North Carolina State Dec. 9.
Jackson Matches Career Highs
Freshman Casey Jackson tied her career high of 10 points vs. Oregon Dec. 13. Jackson had scored 10 points in the season opener against Texas-Arlington Nov. 20. She also had a career-high two steals.
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
Texas Tech is now 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 25 after beating No. 13 Oregon, 79-75 OT, Dec. 13. The Lady Raiders were also 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 six of seven games. She is currently second on the team in scoring with a 14.1 average. She leads the teams in assists (29), steals (25) and blocks (7). Perkins is third in three-point field goal percentage at 45.5 percent. She is fourth on the team in free throw percentage at 75.9 percent and is fifth in field goal percentage at 46.2 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 281. She needs 22 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 34 straight home games, which is tied with Kent University. 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 161 weeks. That includes the Dec. 18 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.