@LATechWBB Travels to Southern Miss for C-USA Showdown

Jan. 10, 2018

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The last time Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr and Co. traveled to Reed Green Coliseum, the Lady Techsters saw their seven-game winning streak snapped by Southern Miss last March.

Fast forward 10 months and the Lady Techsters (11-4, 2-0 C-USA) are in the same boat. Tech hasn't lost in over a month and once again Stoehr and her team will take a seven-game winning streak into Thursday night's match-up against the Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-2 C-USA).

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 5:30 p.m. Fans can also access a free audio stream of the game through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app and a video stream through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.

Tech's last loss came on Dec. 4 at home against Clemson. Since that game, the Lady Techsters have won seven straight, including recording the program's first 2-0 start in league play since 2010-11. However, Stoehr knows the challenge her team will face heading into the match-up against a Southern Miss program that dropped its first two C-USA games on the road last week against Charlotte and WKU.

It will mark Tech's first road game in 35 days, and it will come against a Southern Miss team that has won seven of eight at home this season.

"The last time we went on road we were very good at Little Rock," said Stoehr. "They understand what it takes. I thought we played better on the road than we did at home early in the year. Sometimes it's good for the o to get away together. We are back in school, and we are back in a routine. I think routine is good for this group. I think this gives us a chance to get away together and really continue to grow."

Southern Miss' marquee win came at home earlier this season in a 66-58 victory over Tulane. The Golden Eagles one home loss came at the hands of South Alabama. Southern Miss' seven home wins have come by an average margin of 24.8 points per game.

"It's a good environment for basketball," said Stoehr. "They play very well at home. They are comfortable at home. We are going to have to play well. We need to rebound really well and get after them. We have to handle their zone. I anticipate them starting a smaller lineup. They started it against WKU (in their last game) and Coach (Joye Lee) McNelis came out after the game and said she really liked it and they would probably do it again."

Jayla King (15.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg), Megan Brown (11.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Shonte Hailes (10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg) lead Southern Miss offensively this season as the Golden Eagles rank among the league leaders in field goal percentage at 45.4 percent. The Golden Eagles aren't a prolific three-point shooting team, ranking last in C-USA in three-pointers made per game at 3.1.

The game will pit two teams that have struggled to take care of the basketball at times this year. Southern Miss averages 20.0 turnovers per game while LA Tech averages 19.1 although the Lady Techsters have committed just 28 turnovers in its two league games.

Alexus Malone (13.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg), Kierra Anthony (13.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Taylor Stahly (10.3 ppg, 39-91 three-pointers) are Tech's top offensive threats while Anna McLeod (5.5 ppg) and Zhanae Whitney (5.3 ppg) have also produced in double figures in the last few games.

Tech has won nine of its last 10 regular season Conference USA games with the lone loss coming to Southern Miss at Reed Green Coliseum.


 

 

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