July 17, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - UT Arlington women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich is one of ten Texas Tech student-athletes who will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame this fall.
"I was quite surprised when Gerald Myers called me to tell me about the induction," Gerlich said. "I am so honored and humbled to be recognized by the SWC for my time at Texas Tech. There is no doubt this induction is a reflection of my great teammates and coaches that I was fortunate enough to play with and play for during my four years at Tech.
"It was one of the greatest times of my life and the SWC was an amazing conference to be a part of."
Gerlich was the starting shooting guard on the 1993 Texas Tech National Championship team. During her stellar playing career from 1989-93, Gerlich was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection as well as a member of the SWC All-Tournament team in 1993 and an honorable mention All-American that year.
She helped lead the Lady Raiders to a pair of Southwest Conference titles in 1992 and 1993 as part of her playing career that included 96-consecutive games in the starting lineup. She played in a total of 126 games over four seasons, missing only two contests during her freshman season. She finished as the Texas Tech and Southwest Conference all-time leader in three-point field goals made (220) and three-pointers attempted (528).
She still ranks among the Texas Tech all-time leaders in both scoring and assists. Gerlich dished out 553 assists during her career which was the most in school history at the conclusion of her career. Texas Tech retired Gerlich's infamous No. 21 jersey on Dec. 5, 1993. She is one of four teammates from the 1993 National Championship team that was part of the Lady Raider All-SWC Team that was announced prior to the conference's closing in 1996.
The nearby Sudan, Texas native has gone on to a successful coaching career, spending three seasons under Marsha Sharp on the Texas Tech bench before taking over as the head coach at West Texas A&M. Gerlich was named the head coach at UT Arlington prior to the 2013-14 season. She was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2003.
The group will be inducted into the SWC Hall of Fame on Aug. 30 at a luncheon prior to the Red Raider football season opener against Central Arkansas. The luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the City Bank Room at United Supermarkets Arena.