Jan. 15, 2010
RUSTON - Two of the top teams in the Western Athletic Conference will meet Saturday night when Louisiana Tech hosts New Mexico State at the Thomas Assembly Center at 7 p.m.
Tech is 10-4, 1-1 in conference play after its 92-48 win over San Jose State Wednesday night in California while New Mexico State is 12-5, 2-1 in league action after falling to Fresno State 77-67 the same night.
After a disappointing loss to Utah State in its WAC opener, the Lady Techsters responded in dominating fashion with the 44-point victory over San Jose State as Tech shot 52 percent from the field and hit a season-high 10 three-pointers.
Saturday's game will pit the top two offensive teams in the WAC as LA Tech ranks No. 1 at 77.3 ppg and New Mexico State ranks No. 2 at 71.9 ppg.
Shanavia Dowdell (17.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 55% FG) and Adrienne Johnson (16.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 26 blocks) continue to be LA Tech's one-two punch inside as the duo has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
Johnson became the 39 player in Lady Techster history to join the 1,000-point club when she hit two free throws with less than 10 minutes to play in the game Wednesday night.
Tech also continues to get balanced scoring from the perimeter led by Whitney Jones (12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Tarkeisha Wysinger (7.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Jasmine Bendolph (7.1 ppg, 3.9 apg), Brietta Thomas (6.5 ppg) and Tiawana Pringle (5.3 ppg).
Jones has also proven to be a lock-down defender, holding San Jose State's Chasity Shavers to only two points on 1-for-7 shooting.
New Mexico State has one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the league but relies primarily on its starting five. Texas transfer Crystal Boyd, who Louisiana Tech recruited out of high school, is the team's top scorer, averaging 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.
The Aggies are one of the top three-point shooting teams in the WAC as well, having hit 112 of them on the season led by Corbett (31), Lowe (28) and Spence (23).
Tech leads the all-time series against New Mexico State 10-2, including three victories over the Aggies last season.