Techsters Host WAC's Top Offensive Team Saturday
Jan. 25, 2013
RUSTON - For the second straight game Louisiana Tech will face one of the Western Athletic Conference's best offensive teams as Utah State will bring the No. 1 ranked scoring offense into Saturday night's 7 p.m. match-up with the Lady Techsters at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (9-9, 5-3 WAC) enters the game in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings while Utah State (9-10, 6-2 WAC) is alone in second place. Seattle leads the WAC with a 7-1 mark.
Utah State is averaging 75.1 points per game this season, including 80.4 points in its eight Western Athletic Conference contests. The Aggies are led by the three-headed scoring monster on the perimeter of guards Devyn Christensen (20.4 ppg, 60 three-pointers), Jenna Johnson (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Jennifer Schlott (13.8 ppg, 78 assists).
"It's going to be tough," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Utah State has some very good offensive players, and we will have to defend for 40 minutes. We just want to build from what we did in the first half against San Jose State, and we want to lean from the mistakes we made in the second half.
"Our kids are playing with some confidence and energy. We will take (the San Jose State game) as a positive and praise our kids for the effort they gave. We will correct the things we need to correct and get ready for a very good Utah State team."
As a team the Aggies also lead the WAC in free throw percentage (80.2 percent) and rank No. 2 in three-pointers made per game (7.3) and assists (13.8). Utah State is coming off a season-high offensive outburst in its 93-83 win at UT Arlington on Thursday.
The Aggies have struggled defensively this year, ranking dead last in the WAC in scoring defense (78.7)and rebounding margin (-10.3) and next-to-last in field goal percentage defense (.424). Utah State has surrendered 90 points or more five times this year, including 109 against Notre Dame and 103 against San Jose State.
The Lady Techsters are coming off their best offensive performance of the season in a 94-80 win over San Jose State Thursday night as the point total was season-high and the most scored by a LA Tech team in regulation since a 94-61 win over McNeese State on Dec. 16, 2009.
LA Tech also boasts three players averaging in double figures led by Kelia Shelton (12.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg), Brittany Lewis (11.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Whitney Frazier (10.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Freshman guard Lulu Perry (8.3 ppg) is also coming off the best offensive performance of her young career after scoring 21 points in the win over the Spartans.
The Lady Techsters lead the all-time series against Utah State 14-2, although both of the Aggies wins have come in Ruston.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fans can also access a live video feed of the game through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.