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. She made 127 3-point shots and shot 86 percent from the free-throw line (364 of 421). The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches named her the top 3-point shooter and top free-throw shooter for the season.
Texas Tech sophomore forward Ebony Walker will transfer after the spring semester, the basketball team announced Monday.
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.
Her departure opens the door for another potential junior college pickup for coach Kristy Curry. Last week the Lady Raiders added Jackie Patterson, an All-American forward from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
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.
Brooke Stoehr spent three seasons as an assistant at Tech under Kristy Curry. She was a part of the staff that helped guide the Lady Raiders to the NCAA tournament in 2011. She has spent eight total seasons as an assistant coach.
Texas Tech made plenty of noise early in the 2011-12 season.
That’s what made it all the more confounding when the year ended with a whimper in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Thursday.
The Lady Raiders, who were 14-0 and ranked 10th in the nation midway through the season, were ousted on their home floor by a San Diego team they’d beaten three months earlier.
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.
The junior point guard went down with 1 minute, 20 seconds remaining in the first half after being fouled in the lane. She was carried off the court by team trainers.
Smalls has started all 101 games during her career at Texas Tech.
Barncastle closes career strong
Jordan Barncastle closed her Texas Tech career in strong fashion Thursday, scoring a team-high 14 points in the Lady Raiders’ 60-51 loss to San Diego in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
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.
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.
Smalls suffered a knee injury late in the first half after a drive to the basket and had to be carried off the court. Her cries of pain could be heard in the arena, which fell silent after she went down.
Smalls did not return in the second half.