Whatever happened to Krista Gerlich? When I started this series, I mentioned that I would highlight some Lady Raiders from time to time. It seems an appropriate time to highlight Krista (Kirkland) Gerlich.
Krista hailed from Spearman and was an all-state high school player at Spearman and Sudan, winning a high school state championship with Sudan in 1987. As a side note, 1987 was the year of West Texas domination in girls high school basketball as every state champion came from the region.
She continued her successful playing career at Texas Tech from 1989-93. At Tech, she was a three-time All-Southwest Conference guard. She finished her career as the all-time leader at Tech and the SWC in three pointers made (220) and attempted (528). She also finished as Tech’s all-time assist leader (553). Her assist total was good enough for second all-time in the SWC.
Krista was also part of the Lady Raider national championship team in 1993. On December 5, 1993 she had her #21 jersey retired becoming only the third Lady Raider to receive that honor.
Krista began her coaching career with several stops at the high school level. In 2003 she returned to her alma mater when she was named assistant coach at Tech under head coach Marsha Sharp.
She received her first college head coaching job when West Texas A&M hired her in 2006. Gerlich was 168-53 while at WTAMU and was the quickest coach in school history to reach 100, 125, and 150 wins. She also led the Lady Buffs to several appearances in the NCAA Division II national tournament.
In 2013, the University of Texas-Arlington hired her away and she remains the Maverick coach today. The team went 4-25 in her first year as coach but she impressively improved that to a 22-9 record and a WNIT appearance last year.
As discussed in a January 3rd article in Viva The Matadors, former Missouri guard CJ Roberts has announced he is transferring to Texas Tech. Roberts is a 6’0” point guard out of Richland High School (North Richland Hills, TX). He was a four star recruit in the class of 2017.
The Red Raiders were on his final list of six teams coming out of high school but he ultimately chose Missouri. Roberts will have to sit out the mandatory one year for transfers but he will be eligible in Spring of 2019 if he enrolls at Tech this Spring.
Lady Raiders change course
Texas Tech announced a change in leadership for the Lady Raiders on New Years Day. As reported on Viva The Matadors last Monday, athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced that head coach Candi Whitaker had been relieved of her duties.
Whitaker coached the Lady Raiders from 2013-18 but was just 54-81 overall and the team never had a winning record in any season. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller was named interim head coach and Sheryl Swoopes was named as an assistant coach. It remains to be seen as to whom will be named the new head coach. I personally think the above mentioned Krista Gerlich should be a serious candidate.
Big 12 Week 8
Week 8 player of the week awards were announced by the Big 12 last Monday. Mohamed Bamba from Texas was named Newcomer of the Week and Oklahoma’s Trae Young was named Player of the Week, again.
Bamba set career highs in points (22), rebounds (15), blocks (8), and field goals made (9-16) in their game against Kansas. The eight blocks set a single game record for Freshmen as well as a school record for blocks in Big 12 games.
Trae Young just stayed ridiculous.
The Lady Raiders showed improvement under interim head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller Wednesday against Kansas. They battled to a 60-47 loss after falling behind by 17 at the end of the first quarter.
Tech outscored Kansas 21-11 in the third quarter. It was the first quarter of Big 12 play in which the Lady Raiders outscored their opponent.
The Lady Raiders are 6-8 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12. They travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU Sunday at 2:00 p.m.