Swoopes No. 16 on ESPN's list of top female athletes

ESPN is counting down the top 40 female athletes of the last 40 years and ranked former Texas Tech star Sheryl Swoopes at No. 16.

The network is announcing one player every weekday and will announce No. 1 on June 22, one day before the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Swoopes was preceded in the top 20 by Michelle Kwan, Lindsey Vonn, Lisa Fernandez and Ann Meyers Drysdale.

Former Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp is quoted in the ESPN announcement.

High school senior Minta Spears, who has signed to play basketball next season at Texas Tech, has been named to the Parade all-America girls' basketball team. Spears, a 5-foot-11 guard from Bullard, averaged 33.7 points per game as a senior.

May 29, 2012 - 6:33pm

Walker had seen limited playing time during her two seasons in Lubbock. She averaged six minutes, two points and two rebounds per game as a sophomore.

May 14, 2012 - 10:15pm

Brooke Stoehr, an assistant coach on the Texas Tech women's basketball team, announced Wednesday that she and her husband, Scott Stoehr, have accepted co-head coaching positions at Northwestern State University.

April 4, 2012 - 5:15pm

What Tech lacked in 2012 were leadership and mental toughness, and coach Kristy Curry expects more of both next year.

March 25, 2012 - 9:47pm

Texas Tech point guard Monique Smalls had an MRI on her injured left knee Friday, revealing bruising but no ligament damage. Smalls will not need surgery, Tech announced, and she's expected to recover in a matter of weeks.

March 23, 2012 - 11:39pm

Barncastle, who scored a season-high 21 points in Tech's win against Tulane on Sunday, made a career-high four 3-pointers against San Diego and was the only Tech player who shot better than 42 percent from the field.

March 22, 2012 - 9:44pm

The disappointment Texas Tech felt while losing to San Diego during the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday paled in comparison to its concern over the loss of point guard Monique Smalls.

March 22, 2012 - 9:05pm

The Lady Raiders clanked basket after basket in a nightmare first half, missing 25 of their first 28 shots in a 60-51 loss to San Diego in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

March 22, 2012 - 7:59pm