Marsha Sharp congratulates LCU on NCAA national championship

Marsha Sharp congratulates LCU on NCAA national championship
Source: TTU
Source: TTU
Lady Raiders
Lady Raiders
Sharp, 1993
Sharp, 1993
Lady Chaps
Lady Chaps

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lady Chaps now share a special day with the Lady Raiders, who won their own championship 23 years ago today.

On April 4, 1993, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders made history when they won the 1993 NCAA tournament national championship.

Lubbock Christian University Dean Josh Stephens was crammed in with about 40,000 fans at Jones AT&T stadium afterwards, who were all about to become a part of history.

"They got back, and it was a mad house," he said. "It was unparalleled at the time for us to win a national championship like that in lady's basketball, and the community…they were all over it and it was such a special event."

Now the Lady Raiders share that NCAA accomplishment with another Lubbock team.

"It's kind of neat, 23 years later on a different stage, but in very similar fashion," he said, "the Lady Chaps get to be a part of that."

Fans crammed into the Lubbock Christian University basketball gym to watch Lady Chaps become NCAA division II national champions for the first time.

"It's ironic that 23 years ago today, Tech won," Stephens said.

While fans at the watch party could only imagine what it was like on that Indianapolis court, another fan, Marsha Sharp, remembers it very well.

"There's not anything like the feeling you have when you've won a national championship," she said. "I don't think that there's anything that can rival that."

Her moment leading the Texas Tech Lady Raiders to a national championship may have been in 1993, but she said it is unforgettable.

"You work your whole life to have a chance to do that," she said, "and we were just so thrilled, obviously."

But today, she is celebrating the Lady Chaps, who she has followed since January.

"The thing that keeps going through my mind, there aren't that many people percentage-wise who get to win their last game of the year," she said. "And particularly going undefeated for an entire season. So, my gosh, what an amazing year and I'm just so proud for all of them."

During the game, Sharp said she noticed a unique trait about the Lady Chaps.

"You could just tell the determination on their face today was that they were not going to be denied today," she said, "and that's really special."

The Lady Chap's determination has made April 4th an even more prestigious date for Sharp.

"It's rapidly becoming, should be, Lubbock's favorite day for basketball," she said.

Sharp encourages the Lady Chaps to not just savor this day, but the moments that follow.

"You don't want to rush through it, so make sure that you're spending as much time as you can and enjoy everything about it," she said, "with your fans, with your family, with each other and knowing that these moments don't come along very often in a lifetime and you're getting to live one right now."

This time of cheering, Stephens believes, will begin a new chapter for LCU.

"Just like Tech found success in building their program from that, too, our hope is that LCU does the same thing," he said. "It's a special time for the Lubbock community and we all get to be a part of it."

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