Sheryl Swoopes joins Texas Tech women’s basketball broadcast team for 2012-13
Basketball legend and former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes will join the Texas Tech women’s basketball broadcast team this season. The team will make 18 appearances on television this season including eight games on Texas Tech TV on FOX Sports in conjunction with Red Raider Sports Properties.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase our program to so many fans around the country and to have such a great partnership with FOX Sports,” said Tech head coach Kristy Curry. “It makes it even more special to make Sheryl apart of our broadcast team and have her back around Lady Raider basketball once again.”
Swoopes was a two-time All-American from 1991-93 and the 1993 Naismith Award Winner and NCAA Tournament MVP as she led Texas Tech to the 1993 National Championship. She won three Olympic gold medals with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team (1996, 2000, 2004) and was the No. 5 overall pick in the WNBA’s Inaugural Draft. Swoopes played for 14 seasons and led the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA titles while winning three WNBA MVPs.
“I’ve accomplished everything I ever wanted to do on the basketball court and at every level. So now I am just as excited about pursuing my post WNBA career dreams and goals like sports broadcasting,” said Swoopes. “With that being said I am so grateful for the opportunity to kickoff my broadcast career as a color analyst for basketball games at my alma mater, Texas Tech.”
Eight home games will be on Texas Tech TV plus FOX College Sports, FOX Sports Southwest or FOX Sports Southwest Plus as part of the third-tier rights package signed with FOX Sports in September. The Lady Raiders make their season debut on Texas Tech TV at 7 p.m. CT, December 5 against Illinois. David Thetford will once again be the play-by-play voice.
Texas Tech will also appear on FOX Sports Net four other times during the season as a regional or national broadcast, including the 1993 National Championship 20th Anniversary Celebration game against Texas on February 17.
In addition, Texas Tech will appear on a number of opponent regional networks during the season while on the road, including Sooner Sports Network (at Oklahoma, Jan. 12), WVU Sports (at West Virginia, Jan. 22), Cyclones.TV (at Iowa State, Feb. 2), FrogVision (at TCU, Feb. 9), and on K-StateHD TV (at Kansas State, March 2).
The Lady Raiders open the regular season on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT at Arizona State.