Jan. 23, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech hosts one of the league's top offensive threats and one of the league's best offensive teams Thursday night when the Lady Techsters face San Jose State at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Spartans (7-11, 4-3 WAC) have already scored 103 and 98 points, respectively, in league games this year. Sophomore guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan, who has the distinction of begin the only player remaining on the roster off of last year's San Jose State team, is one of the WAC's top scorers, averaging 20.5 points per game.
The 5-foot-9-inch shooting guard has scored in double figures in 17 of the 18 games this year, including a season-high 30 in a 98-96 victory over Texas State on Dec. 29. Cunnigan also scored 26 points in the Spartans 103-80 win over Utah State on Jan. 12.
Cunnigan isn't the only offensive threat on a San Jose State roster that includes six freshman, two sophomores and one junior as freshman forwards Emily Schill (10.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Riana Byrd (10.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg) are also producing on a nightly basis.
Schill, who was named the WAC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 36 in the win over Utah State, leads all league freshmen in field goal and free throw percentage. Byrd leads the WAC in blocked shots and is third in rebounding.
San Jose State enters the game on a season-long three-game winning streak after a pair of one-point victories over Denver and New Mexico State last weekend.
The Lady Techsters (8-9, 4-3 WAC) are looking to bounce back from a 64-47 loss at Seattle Saturday night in a game that saw LA Tech dig itself a 21-point halftime deficit.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon continues to search for the right combination in her starting lineup and bench minutes as Tech could start its third different lineup in the last three games.
Kelia Shelton (13.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Brittany Lewis (10.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg) continue to be LA Tech's top two scorers on the year although in recent games guards Janay Borum (5.1 ppg, 62 assists) and Jelena Vucinic (4.0 ppg) have contributed more heavily to the box scores.
The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show set for 6:30 p.m. Fans can also access a live video and audio stream of the game through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com . Twitter updates throughout the game can also be obtained by following @LATechWBB.