Techsters Face Sharp Shooting Vandals Thursday
Jan. 16, 2013
MOSCOW, Idaho - Louisiana Tech begins an important two-game Western Athletic Conference road trip Thursday night when the Lady Techsters face the red-hot Idaho Vandals at 8 p.m. CT at Cowan Spectrum.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tech (7-8, 3-2) looks to bounce back after a heart-breaking 51-50 loss at home against UTSA Saturday night in a game that saw the Roadrunners hit the game-winning shot with less than four seconds to play in the contest.
Depite the loss, Tech is currently tied for second place in the WAC standings with Utah State and Idaho (6-10, 3-2) - two full games behind league leading Seattle, a team that the Lady Techsters will face on Saturday.
Idaho enters the contest after sweeping a two-game road trip at New Mexico State and Denver last weekend as the Vandals defeated the Aggies 57-51 and the Pioneers 68-60. The Vandals, winners of three of their last four games, are the top three-point shooting team in the WAC, averaging more than eight three-pointers per contest (133 in 16 games).
Alyssa Charlston (14.0 ppg, 9-21 three-pointers), Christina Salvatore (11.2 ppg, 47-133 three-pointers), Stacey Barr (10.5 ppg, 31-94 three-pointers) and Connie Ballestero (8.1 ppg, 19-54 three-pointers) are the Vandals top offensive threats.
In their five WAC games, Idaho has actually seen its three-point shooting improve as it is averaging 9.4 makes per game and boasts a 41.6 percent shooting clip from beyond the arc. Idaho also ranks No. 1 in the WAC in rebounding margin as the Vandals are plus 8.4 boards per contest.
LA Tech, which until Saturday's loss to UTSA had been shooting the basketball much better since WAC play began, must improve on its free throw shooting which has seen the Lady Techsters hit only 52 percent from the charity stripe of its last four games. Tech was only 7-of-14 in a four-point loss to New Mexico State and was only 10-of-20 in the one-point loss to UTSA.
Sophomore guard Kelia Shelton leads Tech offensively, averaging 14.1 points per game and 6.7 rebounds a contest. Brittany Lewis (10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Whitney Frazier (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Lulu Perry (8.5 ppg) are Tech's other top four offensive threats.
Tech is 15-0 all-time against the Vandals although the last eight games have been decided by 12 points or less, including five decided by single digits.
Fans can access the audio of the contest through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com. They can also receive Twitter updates by following @LATechWBB.