Dec. 21, 2000
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USC Women of Troy (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10) vs.
#11 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (7-1, 0-0 Big 12)
December 22, 2000 * Lubbock, Texas * 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050)
No. 11 Texas Tech (7-1) takes on Southern California (5-3) Friday in the
United Spirit Arena at 7 p.m. It is the fourth meeting between the two teams.
Scouting the Opponent
Southern California enters the game with a record of 5-3 after losing at
Baylor, 79-55, last Wednesday. In that game, senior Denise Woods led her
team in scoring with 14 points followed freshman Aisha Hollans with 12.
Woods and freshman Ebony Hoffman each had seven rebounds, while se-nior
Tashara Carter dished out five assists.
On the year, Hollans leads the Women of Troy in scoring with a 13.0
average after playing in just the last two games on the year. Also averaging
double figures in scoring are Woods at 11.4 and junior Tiffany Elmore at
10.5. Freshman Ebony Hoffman is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.3 boards.
Woods is the top shot blocker with 14 blocks, while Carter has a team-high
28 assists. Elmore leads the team in steals with 17.
Chris Gobrecht is in her fourth year at the helm of USC establishing a record
of 40-49. She is also in her 22nd year as head coach with a all-time record of
Texas Tech holds a 2-1 advantage over USC after winning last year's
game, 66-63, in overtime on Nov. 29, 1999 in Los Angeles. USC won the
inaugural meeting, 86-60, Nov. 24, 1978 at the Flying Queens Classic.
A Look Ahead
Texas Tech will 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
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history,
head coach Marsha Sharp is 441-135 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.
Texas Tech is led in scoring by freshman Jia Perkins with a 13.5 average
followed by senior Katrisa O'Neal and sophomore Plenette Pierson
with a 13.3 average. Junior Tanisha Ellison is the top rebounder, averaging
6.3 boards per outing, while Pierson is averaging 6.1 rebounds and freshman
Dionne Brown is averaging 5.8 a game. Brown has a team-high 75.8
field goal percentage, while Pierson and juniors Amber Tarr and Candi
White and sophomore Alison Cudnoski are all shooting 50 percent from the field. Perkins has team highs of 39 assists, 28 steals and seven blocks. On
the year, the Lady Raiders are shooting 45 percent from the field, 38.4
percent from three-point range and 64.3 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.
Tarr Lights It Up
Junior Amber Tarr lit up the United Spirit Arena against Southeastern
Louisiana Dec. 19 as she poured in a career-high 25 points while tying her
career high of six three-point baskets in 33 minutes of action.
No Silent Night
In Tech's win over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 19, the Lady Raiders
had several players making noise as they set career highs. Career highs in
scoring were set by junior Amber Tarr with 25 points followed by freshman
Natalie Ritchie with 10, sophomore Alison Cudnoski with nine and fresh-man
Jolee Ayers with six points. Junior Candi White tied her career high of
10 points. Another notable career high set was Ayers' seven rebounds.
The Lady Raiders' 94-37 triumph over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 19
marked the largest margin of victory for Texas Tech this season of 57 points.
Season Low TOs
Tech committed a season-low seven turnovers in its game against South-eastern
Louisiana Dec. 19. The school record for lowest turnovers in a game
is five, which occurred against Texas A&M Jan. 31, 1983.
In the game against Southeastern Louisiana, Tech recorded several
season highs, including points (94), field goals made (37), field goal at-tempts
(81), three-point field goals made (8), three-point field goals attempted
(21), assists (24), steals (18) and blocks (8).
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,
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 Caro-lina
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 Caro-lina
State for an 81.8 percentage, it's highest of the season. The Lady Raid-ers
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-
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
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 sec-ond
lowest points allowed in the history of Lady Raider basketball. The few-est
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.