LA Tech, Tulane Set for In-State C-USA Matchup


 

 

Jan. 24, 2014

Game Day Central

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Tech finally got the Conference USA monkey off its back with its 64-63 victory over Florida Atlantic Wednesday night.

Now Teresa Weatherspoon and Co. will try to snap a two-game skid against in-state foe Tulane when the Lady Techsters face the Green Wave Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.

Tech leads the all-time series against Tulane 8-2 but the Green Wave have won each of the past two meetings, including last year's 66-59 victory in New Orleans. Saturday's matchup will be the first time the two programs have met as conference members.

"Tulane has a very good basketball team," Weatherspoon said. "They are very well coached. It will be another road challenge for us, but one I think we are looking forward to. Tulane has some really good shooters from the perimeter and a good inside presence. They are athletic. It should be a good match-up for the fans."

One thing that Tech (6-12, 1-4 C-USA) will enter the contest with that it hasn't had in a while and that is confidence, following its one-point home win over the Owls. However, the Lady Techsters still must prove that they can win away from the Thomas Assembly Center where they are 0-8 this seasn.

"I thought we grew up a little (against Florida Atlantic)," Weatherspoon said. "After leading almost the entire game, we found ourselves down (by seven) with under five minutes to go. We had a lot of players step up during our run, and I think we proved to ourselves that we can find ways to win against good teams."

Tulane (13-5, 4-1 C-USA) is a good team. The Green Wave have won four of their last five, including two straight overtime victories over Southern Miss and Charlotte. Tulane's five losses have come against North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU and East Carolina.

Guard Danielle Blagg (13.8 ppg, 40-84 three-pointers) is one of Conference USA's top three-point shooters and leads a balanced Tulane offense. Jamie Kaplan (11.7 ppg, 120 assists), Leslie Vorpahl (10.7 ppg, 24-67 three-pointers) and Tiffany Dale (10.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg) are all averaging in double figures.

 

 

The Lady Techsters also boast four players in double figures led by junior forward Whitney Frazier (15.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg), who recorded her eighth double double of the year in the win over Florida Atlantic. Chrisstasia Walter (12.5 ppg, 5.5 apg), JaQuan Jackson (11.6 ppg, 31-99 three-pointers) and Lulu Perry (10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg) round out Tech's top offensive threats.

The game 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 1:30 p.m. Fans can also access audio online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.

In-game Twitter updates can be followed at @LATechWBB and fans can follow Lady Techster basketball on Facebook by LIKING Facebook.com/LATechWBB.