Lady Raiders Look To Continue Roll

Freshman Plenette Pierson and the No. 7 Lady Raiders will look to keep their perfect record when they battle Central Florida Sunday.

Freshman Plenette Pierson and the No. 7 Lady Raiders will look to keep their perfect record when they battle Central Florida Sunday.
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Dec. 18, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -

Sunday's Game
Texas Tech will play Central Florida Sunday, Dec. 19 in Orlando, Fla. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Scouting the Opponent
Central Florida enters the game with a 1-4 record after losing to American University, 69-56, Dec. 12. The Golden Knights lone win came against Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-63, Dec. 4.

In the last game against American, freshman Erin Paige led all players with 23 points followed by junior Nancy Richter with nine. Paige also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, while senior LaDonna Larry had three steals.

UCF is led in scoring by juniors LaToya Graham and Camille Howard with an 11.4 average each, while Paige is averaging 10.6 points per outing. Howard is also the top rebounder at 8.2 boards per game and leads the team in steals with seven. Freshman Diana Hill has a team-high 27 assists.

UCF is shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 56.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Gail Striegler is in her first year at the helm of the Golden Knights with a 1-4 record and was an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin prior to her position at UCF.

Series Record
Today marks the first meeting between Texas Tech and UCF.

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (414-129, 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.)
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-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)
G-10Kristi Washington (5-10, Jr., Garland, Texas)

UCF Golden Knights
Head Coach: Gail Striegler (1-4, first season)

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F-25LaDonna Larry (5-8, Sr., Eustis, Fla.)
F-33Khaliah Guillory (5-10, So., Port Arthur, Texas)
C-35Camille Howard (6-0, Jr., North Miami Beach, Fla.)
G-13Diana Hill (5-10, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)
G-23Nancy Richter (5-10, Jr., Wellington, Fla.)

A Look Back
Senior Keitha Dickerson scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half as the seventh-ranked Lady Raiders overcame a lackluster offensive performance to beat South Florida 60-44 Friday night, the Bulls' first loss of the season.

The Lady Raiders, off to the best start in school history, forced 27 turnovers and limited South Florida to 39 percent shooting (20-of-52).

Texas Tech led by just two points at halftime, but took control with a 10-2 run to start the second half. Dickerson had eight points in the run that gave the Lady Raiders a 33-23 lead.

The Bulls also hurt themselves at the free throw line, going 2-of-11. Texas Tech was 8-of-10.

Texas Tech shot 28 percent (10-of-36) and committed 10 turnovers in the first half. Sandwiched between scoring droughts of seven and 15 possessions, Texas Tech overcame a 5-0 deficit with a run that gave it a 19-7 lead with 11 minutes left. South Florida scored the next 12 points to tie it 19-19.

A layup and jumper by senior Aleah Johnson, who had 14 points, gave Texas Tech its halftime lead.

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 414-129 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 in Tech History
The Lady Raiders are off to their best start in Texas Tech women's basketball history with an 8-0 mark with the win at South Florida Dec. 17. Tech's previous best start was during the 1984-85 season when they went 7-0 before falling to Georgia, 80-68, Dec. 14, 1984.

NCAA Stats
As of games through Dec. 13, Texas Tech ranks first with 11 other schools in won-lost percentage at 1.000. Tech is also third in scoring defense (52.3) and 16th in scoring margin (18.0).

Senior Keitha Dickerson ranks 35th in rebounding with a 10.0 average.

Back-to-Back Double-Doubles for Dickerson
Senior Keitha Dickerson recorded her fifth double-double of the season and her second on in two games as she scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Lady Raiders' 60-44 triumph at South Florida Dec. 17. She had 11 points and 13 boards against Lamar Dec. 15. Her 16 points vs. USF matched a season high set earlier against Rice Nov. 23.

Six More for Tarr
For the third time this season and the fourth time in her career, sophomore Amber Tarr has scored a career-high six points. Against South Florida Dec. 17, Tarr hit two three-point shots for six points.

Best Shooting Performance of the Season
The Lady Raiders had their best shooting performance of the season as they shot 60 percent from the field against Lamar Dec. 15. Tech connected on 33 of its 55 attempts. Tech also shot a season-high 60 percent from three-point range, going 6-for-10.

Pierson Scores 21 for Third Time
For the third time this season, freshman Plenette Pierson matched her career-high 21 points in the win over Lamar Dec. 15. She also scored 21 vs. SMU Dec. 4 and at USC Nov. 29.

Schmucker-Pharies Nails Season High
Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies scored a season-high 13 points in the Lady Raiders' victory over Lamar Dec. 15. All 13 of her points came in the first half, including 3-for-4 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes of action.

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.

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.

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.

Home Court Streak
The Lady Raiders currently hold a 19-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
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.


Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 8-0

Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 7, Pierson 7, Johnson 6, O'Neal 3, Ellison 2, Schmucker-Pharies 2, Nagle 1

Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 5, Pierson 2, Johnson

Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 4, Johnson 2, Dickerson 1, O'Neal 1

Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 5, Pierson 2, Johnson

Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 5, Dickerson 3, Johnson 1, O'Neal 1, Tarr 1


Player FT-FTA PCT.
TECH TOTALS16-26.615


Ahead at halftime:6-05-01-0
Behind at halftime:2-00-02-0
Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
Bench outscores opponents:4-04-00-0
Shooting 50 percent or better:2-02-00-0
Shooting under 50 percent:6-03-03-0
Outshooting opponents:6-04-02-0
Outrebounding opponents:7-05-02-0
Outrebounded by opponents:1-00-01-0
Fewer turnovers than opponents:7-05-02-0
More turnovers than opponents: 1-00-01-0

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

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

1999-00 Double-Doubles

Keitha Dickerson - 16 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
   11 points, 13 rebounds
   vs. Lamar, Dec. 15
   16 points, 14 rebounds
   at South Florida, Dec. 17
Plenette Pierson - 14 points, 10 rebounds
   vs. Rice, Nov. 23
   21 points, 10 rebounds
   at USC, Nov. 29
Aleah Johnson - 14 points, 14 rebounds
   at New Mexico, Dec. 8

Career Assists
Schmucker-Pharies on the move

1.  553   Krista Kirkland (89-93)
2.  482   Camille Franklin (82-86)
3.  451   Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
4.  441   Julie 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

Player Notes

#1 Courtney Pastner
Has played in six games...scored career-high six points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 as she hit two three-point baskets...grabbed two rebounds and had a steal against SWT...scored five points vs. Lamar Dec. 15, while adding two assists.

#3 Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
Has started all eight games...leads the team in assists with 35...scored a season-high 13 points vs. Lamar Dec. 15, also hit three three-pointers...scored 10 points, while hitting two three-point baskets at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored nine points vs. SMU Dec. 4...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...had a season-high five steals against Rice Nov. 23.

#10 Kristi Washington
Has played in five games...had her right knee scoped on Dec. 6 and looks to return by Big 12 play...scored two points against LSU Nov. 20, Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 and SMU Dec. 4 ...grabbed a career-high six rebounds against SMU...had two assists against SWT and Rice Nov. 23.

#15 Aleah Johnson
Has started all eight games...had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at New Mexico Dec. 8...scored a career-high 21 points against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26 in just 15 minutes of play...had a career-high seven assists vs. Lamar Dec. 15...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...had a season-high three assists against SMU Dec. 4 and at South Florida Dec. 17.

#24 Katrisa O'Neal
Has started all eight games...scored a career-high 17 points vs. Rice Nov. 23 and matched that at USC Nov. 29...hit her first three-pointer at South Florida Dec. 17...dished out a season-high five assists vs. Lamar Dec. 15...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 and SMU Dec. 4...recorded a block vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and at USF.

#25 Keitha Dickerson
Has started all eight games...has recorded five double-doubles this season...scored a season-high 16 points while grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds against Rice Nov. 23...had 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. SMU Dec. 4...had 11 points and 13 rebounds vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and matched season-high 16 points and had 14 rebounds at South Florida Dec. 17...scored 14 points at New Mexico Dec. 8...matched a career-high six assists vs. SMU...had a block against SMU...tallied four steals against Rice and at USC Nov. 29.

#32 Amber Tarr
Has played in all eight games...matched her career high of six points vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and at South Florida Dec. 17...hit a career-high two three-pointers vs. Lamar and at USF, while tying her career-high four rebounds vs. Lamar...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...dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Southwest Texas State...had two steals vs. LSU.

#34 Tanisha Ellison
Has played in all eight 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...scored 10 points in 14 minutes vs. SMU Dec. 4...had a block against SMU and Lamar on Dec. 15...had an assist against SWT, SMU and Lamar...recorded a steal vs. LSU Nov. 20, at USC Nov. 29, vs. Lamar and South Florida Dec. 17.

#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...made an appearance vs. Lamar Dec. 15 and recorded an assist.

#52 Alison Cudnoski
Has not played this season...tore her ACL in her right knee for the second-straight year...will have surgery in January.

#54 Plenette Pierson
Has started all eight games as a freshman...has mad an immediate impact as she has scored in double figures in seven 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 21 points again vs. SMU Dec. 4 and Lamar Dec. 15...scored 20 points vs. Southwest Texas State Nov. 26...scored 15 points, 13 in the second half at New Mexico Dec. 8...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 and another vs. Lamar and at South Florida Dec. 17.

#55 Jamie Nagle
Has played in four games...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...scored three points against SMU Dec. 4...had an assist vs. SMU.




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