Tech loses top scorer, All-American


LUBBOCK, TEXAS -- Due to unspecified medical reasons, senior guard Jia Perkins has quit playing for Texas Tech, coach Marsha Sharp announced Saturday.

Perkins, an honorable mention All-American in 2002-03, was the leading scorer for the top-ranked Lady Raiders this season, averaging 16.5 points while starting all 16 games. Tech won its first 15 games of the season before suffering its first loss Wednesday.

"Certainly this is some adversity that we did not expect," said Sharp, who wouldn't elaborate further per team policy. "Jia has been a great part of our program during her career and has been a part of some big wins. We wish Jia nothing but the best in her future."

Perkins, a native of Granbury, was a first team All-Big 12 selection in 2003, earning honorable mention All-America accolades from the Kodak committee and the Associated Press. She finishes her career at Tech as the fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,768 points, and second on the career steals list with 305.

Perkins' departure leaves the Lady Raiders with 12 players on their roster.

"I do believe in the incredible mentality of this team, and will expect them to play at a high and competitive level for the remainder of the season," Sharp said. "Fortunately, we have a lot of individuals capable of stepping up to this challenge."