Techsters Face WAC Leader Seattle Saturday
Jan. 18, 2013
SEATTLE - Louisiana Tech will have an opportunity to pull closer to Western Athletic Conference leader Seattle when the Lady Techsters face the Redhawks Saturday at 9 p.m. CT at the Connolly Center in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
The Lady Techsters (8-8, 4-2 WAC) trail Seattle by two full games in the WAC standings following their improbably 67-58 come-from-behind win over Idaho on Thursday night in Moscow. The Redhawks (9-6, 6-0), in their first year as a member of the WAC, are a perfect 6-0 in league play following their 69-53 victory over UT Arlington.
Tech currently sits in a two-way tie with Utah State for second place in the WAC standings and head coach Teresa Weatherspoon said that her team needs to enter the contest with the right mindset.
"It would be big for us," said Weatherspoon, referring to the possibility of sweeping the two-game road trip. "We have to understand that. It takes every one of us. It's a very important road trip. We got one, but we can't be a team that is satisfied with a split. We came on the road to get two and that's exactly what we need. We need to get that mindset. We have to get ready for Seattle. It will be a tough game because they are playing very well. They are a good team, and it will be a challenge."
Much like the Lady Techsters, Seattle has seen its share of close games this year as the Redhawks have had 12 of their 15 games decided by single digits. Since WAC play started three weeks ago, Seattle has not lost a contest as the Redhawks have won four of those games by six points or less.
Kacie Sowell leads a potent Seattle scoring attack as the 6-foot-2-inch junior forward is averaging 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest while shooting 62 percent from the field for the year. Sowell isn't the Redhawks only offensive threat as guard Sylvia Shephard is averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 assists per game and forward Ashley Ward is averaging 13.9 points and 3.7 assists.
Seattle is led by legendary head coach Joan Bonvicini, who has won more than 600 games during her three decades at Long Beach State, Arizona and Seattle. LA Tech is 12-3 all-time against Bonvicini-coached teams, including a 9-2 record against the 49ers and a 3-1 mark against the Wildcats.
LA Tech (8-8, 4-2 WAC) hopes to continue to get production off the bench like it did in its win over the Vandals Thursday as Jelena Vucinic scored 12 points to lead a 28-point outburst from the Lady Techster reserves.
Since WAC play started, Tech has seen its offensive production increase by more than 13.0 points per game as the Lady Techsters are averaging 67.0 points per contest in league action. Kelia Shelton (13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Brittany Lewis (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Whitney Frazier (9.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) continue to spearhead the Tech offense.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 8:30 p.m. CT. Fans can access the audio of the broadcast through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com. Twitter updates can also be seen by following@LATechWBB.