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Tricia Clay, a junior transfer from Odessa Junior Col- lege, shows why she was selected as SWC Co- Newcomerof the Yeartan honor she shared with team- mate Sharon Cain) as she shoots over her l.SU oppo- nent in the NWIT. Against Drake in the NWIT, Tech senior Lori Gerher connects on a 15-fool jump shot to help the Raiders pull away from the Bulldogs. Gerber finished her career at Tech averaging 5.1 points a game. She hit more than 50 percent of her field goal attempts and more than 72 percent of her free throws. An Aharez 1 Alvarez C. Franklin Camille Franklin had a burden on her shoulders going into the 1984-85 women ' s basketball season; she was left with the responsibility of being the floor leader. " It helped me to mature a lot to take the leadership role, " said Franklin, who led the team in assists and was second in steals. " I knew I had to run the team, that I had to carry more responsibility being the point guard. But I didn ' t mind; I like running the offense. " This Las Vegas native didn ' t let the pressures get to her, either. She enjoyed what was easily her best year as a Tech basketball player and shattered all Tech ' s existing assist records. And it was only her junior year. NWIT — 97
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NCAA snubs nationally ranked Raiders Tech third in NWIT The Texas Tech women ' s basketball team surprised many observers this year by turn- ing a " rebuilding " season into an extra suc- cessful season. " Everybody said it was going to be a re- building year without Carolyn (Thompson, Tech ' s former all-everything basketball player), " said Tech guard Camille Franklin, the team ' s floor general. " We had to prove that Carolyn wasn ' t the only dominant play- er, that there was life after Carolyn Thompson. " We knew we were going to be as good as last year ' s team. We just had to prove to the fans that we could be as successful. " The 1984-85 season marked the first time in Tech ' s history that the women ' s basket- ball team was ranked in the Associated Press Top 20. The Red Raiders received a Top 20 ranking early in the season and never let it go. " Everybody knew they had to take up more slack since Carolyn (Thompson) was gone; so everybody did, " said Lisa Wood, easily one of Tech ' s best two outside shoot- ers. " Everybody had a certain role to play in order for our team to be as successful as it was. " The dream season took a sk id, however, and the NCAA selection committee (perhaps this same committee also would be cruel enough to kick Bambi out of the forest?) threw cold water in the Raiders ' faces by casually forgetting them during NCAA tour- nament selection time. " We were all upset about it, " said Wood. " We felt like we should have got a bid. I think it ' s something that will make us a bet- ter team next year because we know we have to work harder than we ever did be- fore . ' ' The Raiders were left in the dark and had to accept an invitation to the National Women ' s Invitational Tournament in Amar- illo. The top-seeded Raider team defeated Cal- State Fullerton 71-68 in the first round and earned a spot in the tournament semifinals. " It was the last three games we had to play, so we wanted to go out playing the best we could possibly play, " said Franklin. In the Cal-State Fullerton game, Tech 96 — NWIT high post player Melinda Denham decided to take matters into her own hands . She almost defeated Tech ' s West Coast foe single- handedly by scoring 29 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The lackadaisical Raiders then had their tails kicked Cajun style in the semifinals. The Louisiana State Tigers had a field day with outside shooting and defeated the Raid- ers 71-67. " We ' re human; we just had a bad night, " said Franklin. " We just didn ' t play up to our potential that night, or in the first game, for that matter. " Denham scored only 1 1 points against the Tigers, but she attacked the boards for 11 rebounds. Franklin ' s 18 points (along with Denham, an NWIT all-tourney selection) kept the Raiders close. Sharon Cain and Tricia Clay both added double-digit scoring to the Raid- ers ' cause. Tech ' s opponent in the tournament ' s third-place game was the Drake Bulldogs. The game was a long-range shooting clinic as Wood, Lisa Logsdon and Franklin " cranked it up " from downtown Amarillo, leading Tech to a 96-74 blowout over the Iowa team. Janene Berry took a page out of Wood ' s and Logsdon ' s books when she (all 5-3 of her) canned a 22-foot jumper. All the ball hit was the inside of the net and the floor — it definitely was the shot of the game (the crowd loved it, anyway). " That was our pride on the line, " said Franklin. " We had to come back and win that one to end the year on a good note. " Wood regained her confidence with a 15- point performance. She chipped in her best showing since she had suffered a concussion in the Rice game in Houston. Marsha Sharp ' s Raiders will have some- thing to say about next year ' s NCAA tour- nament; and the NCAA selection committee had better be listening, because 1 1 mad Raiders are returning to the 1985-86 squad. — Tony Renteria Tech teammates Janene Berry. Lisa Wood, Julia Kon- cak and Darla Isaacks express their disappointment in the team ' s performance as the favored Red Raiders suffered a semifinal loss to LSU 71-67 in the NWIT. Editorial: Does the women ' s NCAA basket- ball tournament consist of the " top 32 teams " in the nation? No. If it did, then how could the NCAA (Nobody Can Assume Anything) selection committee have left Texas Tech out of the tournament when the Raiders were in the Associated Press Top 20 poll throughout most of the season? Teams such as Idaho, Brigham Young and Missouri were invited to the NCAA tournament with question- able credentials, but they did possess conference championships, something Tech did not have bragging rights to (it ' s difficult to win a conference title when the number one team in the na- tion — Texas — is breathing down your neck three times a year). If the NCAA committee wants to be fair and maintain its level of respecta- bility, it should be sure it invites all the teams ranked in the Top 20. It made a step in the right direction in May by expanding the 1986 tournament to 40 teams. The Women ' s National Invitational Tournament in Amarillo, to which Tech was invited after its NCAA snub, also has its faults. West Texas State and Montana had no business in the tournament — and proved so by finishing seventh and eighth in an eight-team field. Maybe it ' s time for that tournament to expand its field. — Tonv Renteria
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Raider spikers earn respectability with impressive showings Squad third in SWC The Texas Tech women ' s volleyball team started out the year hoping to earn a degree of respectability in the Southwest Confer- ence. The Raiders ended the year as one of the conference ' s premier teams and im- proved their record from 2-8 (fifth place) a year ago to 6-4 and a third-place finish this year. Tech ' s volleyball team began the year by hosting its own four-team tournament, the Texas Tech Quadrangular, and Tech took the title without losing a single contest. By the time Tech traveled to Provo, Utah, to compete in the Brigham Young Invitational, the Raiders had won six straight contests. The spikers ' six-game winning streak end- ed in the Brigham Young Invitational, a 20-team tourney that boasted two Top Twenty teams. Tech placed fourth, its best finish ever in the BYU event. Tech then competed in the Owl Classic in Karri Ohiand Karri Ohiand, a senior from Yuma High, led the SWC in blocks with an average of 1 .24 per game, good enough to earn her first team All-SWC honors. Ohiand held the SWC ' s single game blocking record with 12 (a feat she accomplished in 1983 against Baylor), and she blocked 1 1 against SWC cham- pion Texas this season. " I knew Karri would make the first team simply because she led the con- ference in blocking, " said Head Coach Janice Hudson, the SWC ' s Coach of the Year. " She was probably our most consistent player throughout the season. " Houston, where the Raiders managed to fin- ish third in the six-team tournament. Tech finished the tourney with a 3-2 record, and the three wins were the first victories in Houston for the Raider spikers in four years. The Raider volleyball team finished its pre-conference tournaments on a highly re- spectable note by capturing consolation in the University of Texas Avia Classic in Au- stin. The Raiders finished third and entered SWC competition with 16 notches in the win column. The spikers started the SWC season on a hot streak by defeating their first four SWC opponents and challenging Texas and Texas A M for the top spot in the conference. By the end of the SWC season, the spikers had not lost much ground in the conference standings, and their third-place finish was one of the top performances by a Tech ath- letic team during the year. Tech had nail-biters against both SWC leaders Texas and Texas A M and chal lenged the Aggies for second place down tc the last game of the year. The Raiders hac more than accomplished their goal of impro ving their record. With a 25-9 season record respectability was theirs for the taking, bu more important, the lady Raiders provec that they were a force to be reckoned wit! in the SWC. ■ " At times I felt we did not play to ou greatest potential, " team member Kelle; Bronk said. " But it was a rewarding season and our record shows we can be a stronj contender in the SWC. " — Tony Rentciii Stacy Blasingame, a sophomore middle blocker fror Perryton. registers a kill against the Texas Longhom in the game the Raiders hosted at the Rec Center. Texa beat the Raiders 2-1. 98 — Vollevball
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