IMG Academy's Arella Guirantes admitted she was nervous.
The 5-foot-11 shooting guard had been put in stressful situations during her basketball journey before and handled them with ease.
But, when it came to making her college decision, the Bellport, New York, native admitted she was unsure which of her Top 3 schools — LSU, Rutgers or Texas Tech — to attend.
"I couldn't get it off my mind. It's been with me since I made my Top 3 (on April 24)," she said Sunday by phone. "They all had attributes that made them all enticing."
Jordan Jackson didn’t know what was going on.
He had just woken up and found a multitude of text messages and missed calls on his phone.
One of the texts was from a friend in Houston, congratulating Jackson and his mom, Sheryl Swoopes.
Not fully awake yet, he didn’t have a clue what his friend was talking about.
But then Jackson recalled his mom telling him before that she was on the ballot for the Naismith Hall of Fame and suddenly he understood.
The Texas Tech freshman never doubted his mom would get in.
Former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston, Texas, Monday morning.
Swoopes becomes the first Texas Tech basketball player — men’s or women’s — to achieve this honor.
She was also the first player to be signed by the WNBA.
Her induction comes 23 years to the day after the Lady Raiders’ 1993 NCAA Championship.
Swoopes was the consensus national player of the year in 1993 as she averaged 28.1 points per game.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Over their last five games, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders played their best basketball of the season.
They defeated Kansas, nearly knocked off Oklahoma and defeated Iowa State to open the Big 12 women’s basketball tournament.
But, no matter how well Texas Tech was playing, it wasn’t enough to knock off No. 4 Baylor and keep its season alive as its season ended with an 82-51 loss to the Lady Bears at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The ball just felt different leaving Dayo Olabode’s hands.
And after each shot kept falling in Texas Tech’s morning shootaround, she kept feeling a little more confident and a lot better.
Now, the sophomore forward couldn’t feel any happier. Olabode hit six 3-pointers, scored 20 points and along with freshman point guard Japreece Dean led Texas Tech to an 89-84 win over Iowa State to open the Big 12 Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday.
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders only won one of their last three games to close out the regular season.
But, it wasn’t just about winning and losing since Tech was locked into the No. 9 seed in the Big 12 conference tournament.
It was about moving forward.
And finding its rhythm. Enter Zuri Sanders, a freshman power forward, who hadn’t started a game all season, until the Lady Raiders faced Texas on Feb. 24. — a game Texas Tech lead in the early going before falling 76-55.
Texas Tech guard Japreece Dean was named to the all-freshman team and Ivonne CookTaylor received honorable mention on the all-Big 12 Conference basketball team selected by the league’s coaches and announced Wednesday.
Dean, a 5-foot-6 guard from Cedar Park Vista Ridge, led Big 12 freshmen in points per game (11.8), assists (3.2), free-throw percentage (80.4) and assists-to-turnover ratio. West Virginia’s Tynice Martin was named the Big 12 freshman of the year.
For the last three days, Texas Tech head women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker was looking for her squad to show improvement.
In many ways the Lady Raiders did just that Tuesday night in its second Big 12 Conference go-around against No. 24 Oklahoma, but were unable to come away with the all-important victory in the regular season finale for both squads.
Texas Tech closed the deficit to two points twice in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Sooners answered the bell each time en route to a 70-60 victory at United Supermarkets Arena.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
TEXAS TECH VS. TEXAS
6:30 P.M. TUESDAY
UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Looking for an upset
The Texas Tech women’s basketball team will have another opportunity to upset a ranked team when they host No. 24 Oklahoma on Tuesday.
But the Lady Raiders know they must play solid defense, limit turnovers and make buckets if they want to accomplish that goal.