LUBBOCK, Texas - UT Arlington women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a luncheon today at Texas Tech's United Supermarkets Arena.
Gerlich was one of nine former Texas Tech student-athletes who received the honor before the Red Raiders' football game against Central Arkansas. She starred on the 1993 Texas Tech national championship team and enjoyed a stellar playing career from 1989-93.
"This is such a humbling honor as I was fortunate to be a part of a great team and program during a very special time at Texas Tech and in the SWC," Gerlich said. "I will always be thankful for the experiences I had while at Texas Tech and to my coaches and teammates. I'm amazed to be included with the other inductees, what an awesome group of people and wonderful memories. The SWC was one of the best in the nation."
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.
Gerlich finished as the Texas Tech and Southwest Conference all-time leader in 3-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 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.