Fans clad in red and black and toting "We'll miss you Marsha Sharp". posters lined the walkways of the United Spirit Arena hours before tip-off, hours before the doors even opened.
"We're going to miss her. In large part she built the house (United Spirit Arena), we're sitting in," said one fan. "We just love Marsha. We're really Lady Raider fans," said Opal Hatch. "Since it's Marsha Sharp's last game here at the end of the regular season, we're going to kick tail tonight, I hope," said Bill Hendrix.
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Wednesday's game also marked the end for senior players Erin Grant and LaToya Davis. It was the last time they would play in front of a home crowd during regular season play.
"It was awesome watching her (Erin Grant) come out you know. I've been watching her come out on the floor for 10 years now," said Amen Williams said. Williams is the "leader" of the Fro-Bros, they are the body-painted, sign-waving, rowdy group of Red Raider fans and grew up with Texas Tech Senior Erin Grant. "It's an emotional feeling, an emotional game," Williams said.
"She (Marsha Sharp) deserves the best so I hope we can give that to her tonight," said Allyson Wickard. "I was the head football coach and athletic director in Lockney in 1975, and she came to us as our head basketball coach. So I have known her since day one," Jim Warren said, "and the neatest thing about her is today, she is still as dedicated to the sport and to the girls that play for her as she was in 1975."
Fans we spoke to said, it didn't matter if the girls won or lost the game, they were just happy to be a part of it, a part of Red Raider history.
No. 9 Oklahoma 60, Texas Tech 59
Courtney Paris got a triple double and set an NCAA freshman rebounding record as No. 9 Oklahoma held off Texas Tech 60-59 on Wednesday night, denying Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp a final regular-season home win.