Techsters Tavel to NMSU for Saturday Afternoon Game



Jan. 27, 2012

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Louisiana Tech returns to the court Saturday afternoon when the Lady Techsters travel to the Pan American Center to face New Mexico State in Western Athletic Conference action that tips off at 4:30 p.m. CT.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM, KTKC 92.9 FM and KJVC 92.7 FM with the pregame show beginning at 4 p.m.

Tech enters the contest 9-10 on the season, 2-2 in WAC play, following its 70-64 road win at San Jose State last Saturday as the Lady Techsters snapped their two-game losing skid. New Mexico State is 4-15 on the season, 1-3 in league action, and enters the matchup having lost two straight and five of its last six.

The Lady Techsters lead the all-time series against New Mexico State 14-2, including a current streak of seven straight victories.

Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon's team got a big performance from senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson in its last outing as the Bronx native scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. It was only the third 20-plus point, 15-plus rebound performance by a WAC player this year joining Hawaii's Kamilah Jackson and NMSU's Tabytha Wampler.

Bramble-Donaldson leads Tech averaging 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field this season.

As a team, Tech shot 42 percent in the win over SJSU marking the first time in its last five games that the Lady Techsters had shot 40 percent or better. Through its first three WAC games, Tech had shot only 31 percent as a team.

Senior guard Jasmine Bendolph continues to lead the WAC in assists with an average of 5.6 per contest and in WAC games has increased that production to 7.8 per contest. She also ranked No. 2 in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio.



New Mexico State is under the direction of a new head coach in Mark Trakh, who had a six-year stint as USC and an 11-year run at Pepperdine. Trakh brought the Waves into Ruston for the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies are led by Wampler who is averaging 13.3 points and 9.2 rebounds; she is the only NMSU player in double figures. Kaitlyn Soto (9.3 ppg), Jasmine Rutledge (6.5 ppg) and Hannah Womack (6.3 ppg) have also contributed offensively.

As a team NMSU is averaging only 54.7 points per game.