Jan. 25, 2010
RENO - Louisiana Tech will play its second nationally televised game of the year Tuesday night when the Lady Techsters face Nevada at 10 p.m. CST at the Lawlor Events Center.
Angie Kiel and Abby Waner will provide the play-by-play and color commentary for the contest which will be shown live on ESPNU.
The Lady Techsters (12-5, 3-2 WAC) are in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings after its 71-61 loss at Fresno State Saturday night while Nevada (10-9, 4-1 WAC) is alone in second place.
It will mark the first time the two teams have met since last year's memorable 91-88 overtime win by the Wolf Pack in the semifinals of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Reno. LA Tech leads the overall series 16-4, although the Wolf Pack have won the last three meetings at the Lawlor Events Center.
After its loss to Fresno State, LA Tech is now two full games behind the Bulldogs in the WAC standings and can't afford to fall any further behind the league leader. Nevada's lone loss in league play also came against Fresno State, a 76-67 setback at home last Thursday night.
The game will match the top two rebounding teams in the league as Louisiana Tech ranks first at +8.4 rebounds per game while Nevada ranks second at +6.1 rebounds per contest.
Tech has been even more impressive on the boards in WAC play, outrebounding its five league opponents by over 15 boards per contest thanks to the recent dominance on the glass by Shanavia Dowdell. In her last eight games, Dowdell has recorded 14 or more rebounds six times and currently ranks 6th in the country in rebounding at 11.5 per contest.
Dowdell (17.4 ppg, 11.5 rpg) and Adrienne Johnson (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) rank No. 2 and 3 in the WAC in scoring and No. 1 and 4 in rebounding.
Nevada counters with its own post presence in Shavon Moore, who is averaging 11.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this year. Teammates Tahnee Robinson (14.3 ppg, 23 three-pointers) and Johnna Ward (10.5 ppg, 34 three-pointers) are the perimeter threats for the Wolf Pack who are the league's top free throw shooting team at 74 percent.