No. 6 Lady Raiders Open Big 12 Play Sunday

Plenette Pierson and Texas Tech will look to stay unbeaten when they take on No. 13 Iowa State Sunday.

Plenette Pierson and Texas Tech will look to stay unbeaten when they take on No. 13 Iowa State Sunday.
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Dec. 29, 1999

LUBBOCK, Tex. - No. 6 Texas Tech will open Big 12 action at No. 13 Iowa State on Sunday, Jan. 2 at noon. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net. It will be the fifth meeting between the two schools.

The Lady Raiders
Texas Tech owns is best start in the history of the program at 10-0. Freshman Plenette Pierson leads the Lady Raiders in scoring with a 14.6 average followed by senior Aleah Johnson at 13.3, senior Keitha Dickerson at 12.1 and junior Katrisa O'Neal at 10.8. Dickerson is Tech's top rebounder as she is averaging 10.4 boards per outing, which is first in the Big 12. Senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies has a team-high 46 assists, while Pierson owns a team-best four blocks and O'Neal has 34 steals.

The Lady Raiders are shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 36 percent from the three-point arc and 58.6 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Opponent
Iowa State enters the game with an 8-2 mark after winning at Missouri-Kansas City, 80-57, last Tuesday. In that game, senior Desiree Francis had a game-high 20 points, while junior Megan Taylor added 19, senior Stacy Frese had 12 and sophomores Angie Welle and Tracy Gahan each finished with 11. Welle had a team-high seven rebounds and Frese had a game-high eight assists.

On the year, Frese paces the Cyclones in scoring with a 15.3 average, while four others average double figures: Welle (14.4), Taylor (13.7) and Francis (12.6). Frese also has a team-high 48 assists and is shooting 54.5 percent from three-point range (30-55). Welle is the top rebounder with a 7.9 average and also leads the team in blocks with seven.

ISU is shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent from the free throw line.

Bill Fennelly is in his fifth year at the helm of the Cyclones establishing a 92-40 record.

Series Record
It is the fifth meeting between the two schools with Texas Tech holding a 3-1 advantage after winning the last game, 73-59, in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament March 6, 1999. ISU was victorious, 82-73, in Ames, Iowa Jan. 20, 1998.

Last Meeting
The Lady Raiders defeated the Cyclones, 73-59, in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., March 6. In that game, Julie Lake led all players with 20 points, while Angie Braziel had 19, Rene Hanebutt added 14 and Melinda Schmucker finished with 11. ISU was led by Stacy Frese with 14 points and Megan Taylor and Angie Welle had 13 points apiece. Tech shot 45.2 percent (28-62) from the field as the Cyclones shot 47.9 percent (23-48). Each team finished with 33 rebounds. The Lady Raiders hit 11 of 19 three-point attempts for a 57.9 percentage, while ISU was just 4 of 14 for a 28.6 percentage.

#13/14 Iowa State Cyclones (8-2/0-0 Big 12) vs.
#6/7 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (10-0/0-0 Big 12)

January 2, 2000 - Ames, Iowa - Noon - FOX Sports Net
James H. Hilton Coliseum (14,044)

Probable Starters

Texas Tech Lady Raiders
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

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
G-32Amber Tarr (6-0, So., Ozona, Texas)
C-34Tanisha Ellison (6-1, So., Houston, Texas)
G-1Courtney Pastner (5-5, Fr., Kingwood, Texas)
G-10Kristi Washington (5-10, Jr., Garland, Texas)

Head Coach: Marsha Sharp (416-129, 18th season)

Iowa State Cyclones

Pos.Name (Ht., Yr., Hometown)PPGRPGFG%FT%
F- 42Desiree Francis (6-1, Sr., Antigua, West Indies)
F-51Megan Taylor (5-10, Jr., Roseau, Minn.)
C-32Angie Welle (6-4, So., Fargo, N.D.)
G-4Stacy Frese (5-8, Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
G-22Tracy Gahan (6-0, So., McKinney, Texas)

Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (92-40, fifth season)

A Look Back
Senior Aleah Johnson scored 17 points to help No. 7 Texas Tech overcome a poor-shooting second half in a 63-57 victory over TCU on Dec. 22.

Johnson scored six of the game's first 12 points as Texas Tech jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes.

TCU got within three points on three separate occasions in the first half, but trailed 42-33 at the half after senior Melinda Schumucker-Pharies and sophomore Amber Tarr hit three-pointers in the final minute. Tarr finished the game with career highs of 12 points and four three-point baskets.

Texas Tech shot 59 percent in the first half, but went cold in the second, making just 8 of 27 shots (29 percent).

TCU was unable to capitalize because of its own poor shooting. The Lady Frogs hit just 7 of 25 shots (28 percent).

Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
One of the most respected and well-known coaches in Texas Tech history, head coach Marsha Sharp is 416-129 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 a 10-0 mark. 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.

Dickerson Gets Sixth Double-Double
Senior Keitha Dickerson recorded her sixth double-double of the year at TCU Dec. 22 as she scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It also marked the third time in four games she has finished with a double-double. On the year, she is averaging 12.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.

Tarr Has Career Day
Sophomore Amber Tarr had a career performance at TCU Dec. 22 as she hit a career-high four three-point baskets to finish with a career-high 12 points. It was the second straight game in which she had set career highs in both categories. She scored eight points and hit two three-pointers in the win at Central Florida Dec. 19, which were career highs at the time.

Schmucker-Pharies Dishes Out
In the victory at TCU Dec. 22, senior Melinda Schmucker-Pharies dished out 10 assists and was just two points shy of a double-double as she finished with eight points in 40 minutes of action. The 10 assists were second best on the year as she had 11 assists against Southwest Texas State Nov. 26.

O'Neal Scores Career High
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.

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.

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 fourth largest crowd this year in Division I basketball as of Dec. 20.

A Look Ahead
The Lady Raiders return home Jan. 5 for their last non-conference game of the season vs. Santa Clara at 7 p.m. Tech will then take the road for a game at Oklahoma Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. before returning to the United Spirit Arena for two games on Jan. 12 vs. Colorado at 7 p.m. and Jan. 15 vs. Oklahoma State at 2 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 143 weeks. That includes this week's rankings of sixth by the AP and seventh 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
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

Upcoming Big 12 TV Schedule

Jan. 2Texas Tech at Iowa StateFSNNoon
Jan. 8Baylor at MissouriFSN1 p.m.
Jan. 8Texas at NebraskaFSN3 p.m.
Jan. 12Texas A&M at OklahomaFSN7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15Nebraska at Iowa StateFSN3 p.m.
^Jan. 18Missouri at NebraskaNETTV&Mo.SN7:05 p.m.



Starting Lineups
1) Johnson, Dickerson, Pierson, Schmucker-Pharies, O'Neal: 10-0

Double-Figure Scoring Games: Dickerson 9, Johnson 8, Pierson 7, O'Neal 4, Ellison 2, Schmucker-Pharies 2, Nagle 1, Tarr 1

Double-Figure Rebounding Games: Dickerson 6, Pierson 2, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Scoring: Pierson 4, Johnson 3, O'Neal 2, Dickerson 1

Games Leading Tech in Rebounding: Dickerson 7, Pierson 3, Johnson 1

Games Leading Tech in Assists: Schmucker-Pharies 6, Dickerson 3, Johnson 2, O'Neal 2, Tarr 1


TECH TOTALS19-31.613


Ahead at halftime:8-05-03-0
Behind at halftime:2-00-02-0
Tied at halftime:0-00-00-0
Bench outscores opponents:6-04-02-0
Shooting 50 percent or better:3-02-01-0
Shooting under 50 percent:7-03-04-0
Outshooting opponents:8-04-04-0
Outrebounding opponents:8-05-03-0
Outrebounded by opponents:2-00-02-0
Fewer turnovers than opponents:9-05-04-0
More turnovers than opponents: 1-00-01-0

Longest winning streak 10
Longest losing streak -
Current streak 10 wins
Sundays 1-0
Mondays 1-0
Tuesdays 1-0
Wednesdays 3-0
Thursdays 0-0
Fridays 2-0
Saturdays 2-0

Big 12 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

School (First-place votes)Total
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 are sixth in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and seventh in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the week of Dec. 27.

1999-00 Women's Basketball
Attendance Figures

(as of Dec. 20, 1999)

Texas Tech60,371/512,074
Iowa State39,185/49,796
New Mexico36,668/57,334
SW Missouri St.43,661/67,277
Penn State14,188/34,729

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
11 points, 10 rebounds at TCU, Dec. 22

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. 553Krista Kirkland (89-93)
2. 482Camille Franklin (82-86)
3. 462Melinda Schmucker-Pharies
4. 441Julie Lake (95-99)

Career Rebounds
Dickerson climbing up the list

1. 1,247Carolyn Thompson (80-84)
2. 953Alicia Thompson (94-98)
3. 927Michi Atkins (92-96)
4. 924Gwen McCray (79-83)
5. 887Reena Lynch (86-90)
6. 746Jill Owens (75-79)
7. 741Stacey Siebert (86-90)
8. 617Keitha Dickerson
9. 608Teresa McMillian (88-92)




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