Posted Dec 21, 2005 14:42:26
Tech Basketball Double-Header Action Set for Thursday
Tech junior forward Paul Millsap is third in the NCAA in rebounding with 12.4 boards per game.
RUSTON - A Christmas holiday basketball doubleheader is set for Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will be in action.
The night will begin at 6 p.m. when the Lady Techsters host Alcorn State followed by the Bulldogs taking on Tougaloo. Anyone 18 years of age or younger will be admitted to the games free of charge.
Head coach Chris Long's Lady Techsters enter the game fresh off their most impressive performance of the season as Tech defeated 24th ranked Ole Miss 84-71 Tuesday night.
Senior guards Tasha Williams (13.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Aarica Ray-Boyd (13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 26 three-pointers) lead the Lady Techsters offensively. Ray-Boyd has been Tech's most consistent offensive threat over the past five games averaging 16.0 points while scoring at least 15 points in each contest.
Alcorn State (2-5) enters the contest having lost two straight games. The Lady Braves return only one starter from last year's team that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference and participated in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
Junior center Rasaan Powell (18.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg) leads Alcorn State. Tech leads the all-time series with the Lady Braves 7-0, including a come-from-behind 62-61 win in Lorman, Miss., last year.
The Bulldogs (6-5) will enter the contest looking to start a new win streak after Tech lost to fourth-ranked Memphis 76-58 in the FedEx Forum last night.
Junior forward Paul Millsap recorded his 51st career double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds, but Memphisí senior forward Rodney Carney scored a career-high 37 points to propel the Tigers to victory.
Millsapís performance boosted his quest for a record-setting third-straight NCAA rebounding title. Millsapís 12.4 average is third in the nation, and Arkansas Little Rockís Rashad Jones-Jennings is first with 12.8.
In other individual statistical categories among the NCAA, Millsap is first in total rebounds with 231, second in field goals made with 86 and 28th in scoring with 20.1 points per game.
Senior point guard Daevon Haskins has increased his numbers lately, as well. Haskins has recorded 28 assists in Techís last three games, bumping his season total to the second most in the NCAA with 68. His average of 6.2 assists per game is 13th best.
Featuring the Tougaloo match-up, it will be only the second meeting ever between Tech and Tougaloo, as the Bulldogs won the first meeting 77-55 at the Thomas Assembly Center on Dec. 20, 2003. Corey Dean led the attack with a team-high 20 points, followed by Millsapís 17 points and 15 rebounds.
So far this season, Tougaloo is 2-7 with both wins coming over Wiley College. Tougaloo is led by Reginald Burton, Marvin McDonald and Brandon Caston, who are averaging 16.4, 15.8 and 12.6 points per game, respectively.
Both games can be heard on KXKZ-FM 107.5 and via the Internet at www.z1075fm.com with the pre-game show starting at 5:30 p.m.