Lady Raiders Meet TCU Wednesday
Dec. 21, 1999
TCU Horned Frogs (7-4)
Texas Tech will play TCU on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. It will be the 37th meeting between the two teams.
Scouting the Opponent
TCU enters the game with a 7-4 record after defeating Sam Houston State, 87-53, Dec. 20. In that game, junior Karen Clayton led all players with 21 points followed by senior Diamond Jackson with 18 and junior Jill Sutton with 13. Clayton and Jackson each had a game-high nine rebounds, while Sutton dished out seven assists.
On the year, Jackson leads the Horned Frogs in scoring with a 13.7 average followed by junior Amy Sutton at 11.9 and sophomore Tricia Sutton also at 11.9. Junior Janice Thomas is the top rebounder, grabbing 7.3 boards per outing. Jill Sutton paces TCU in assists with 51, while Jackson is the top shot blocker with six.
TCU is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from three-point range and 71 percent from the charity stripe.
Jeff Mittle is in his first year at the helm of the Horned Frogs with a 7-4 record.
It is the 37th meeting between the two team as Texas Tech holds a 36-0 advantage over TCU after winning last year’s contest, 82-62, Dec. 9, 1998 in Lubbock.
Probable StartersTexas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (415-129, 18th season)
TCU Horned Frogs
Head Coach: Jeff Mittle (7-4, first season)
A Look Back
Junior Katrisa O'Neal enjoyed her afternoon in Orlando. She scored a career-high 21 points, while recording five steals, to pace No. 7 Texas Tech to a 77-43 victory over Central Florida on Sunday.
O'Neal, whose previous scoring high had been 17 points, matched that feat early in the second half, scoring six consecutive points to put the Lady Raiders up 59-25.
She hit 9-of-13 from the field, as Texas Tech's lead got up to 36 on two occasions in a game UCF never led.
O'Neal's scoring spurts came primarily off a heightened defensive intensity. UCF didn't do well against the Texas Tech pressure, turning the ball over 30 times, 18 of them coming in the decisive first half.
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 415-129 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 9-0 mark with the wins at South Florida Dec. 17 and Central Florida Dec. 19. 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.
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.
O’Neal and Tarr Score Career Highs
Junior Katrisa O’Neal scored a career-high 21 points as she was 9-for-13 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line in the victory at Central Florida Dec. 19, while sophomore Amber Tarr had a career-high eight points as she hit three of her six attempts from the field - including two three-point baskets.
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.
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.
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 open the Big 12 season at Iowa State Jan. 2 at noon on FOX television before heading back home to take on Santa Clara Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
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 142 weeks. That includes this week’s rankings of seventh by the AP and by USA Today.
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
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