@LATechWBB Hosts League Leader WKU Sunday for Legends Day
Jan. 27, 2018
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech will face its biggest challenge of the Conference USA season Sunday afternoon when the Lady Techsters host league leader WKU at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
It will be Legends Day as the University and athletic department will honor all former Lady Techster players, coaches and support staff while recognizing members of the 2001-02 LA Tech team. A number of the players from the 2001-02 team have RSVP'd including Brooke Stoehr, Cheryl Ford, Ayana Walker, Erica Smith, Amber Obaze, Kenya Bibbs and Takeisha Lewis. A pregame reception will be held in the Waggonner Room of the TAC starting at 12:30 p.m. and it will be open to the public.
Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr, who was a senior guard on the 2001-02 Lady Techster team -- the last under legendary Hall of Fame coach Leon Barmore -- , will lead her team into Sunday's match-up against the Lady Toppers (15-5, 6-1 C-USA).
Tech (13-7, 4-3 C-USA) has won 14 of its last 15 games at home dating back to last season, including seven straight C-USA home contests. The Lady Techsters are 10-1 at the Thomas Assembly Center this season and have won with defense.
In those 11 home games, Tech has held nine of the opponents to 55 points or less -- coincidentally the most by a Lady Techster team since the 2001-02 team accomplished the feat 10 times during Stoehr's senior year.
Tech will have its work cut out for it against WKU, the top scoring team in Conference USA. The Lady Toppers enter the contest averaging 77.5 points per game, and have scored 70 or more points in 15 of 20 games, including a season high 97 in an overtime loss to Iowa.
"They are very good offensively," said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. "I can tell you this. We can't beat them scoring 59. We have to be able to score the basketball. They change their defenses up. I don't anticipate them defending us the way a lot of people have the last couple of weeks. I think they are going to stick with who they are and change up their defenses in their zone, and traps, and full court and three quarters court. We have to be strong with the ball. We can't rush and take quick shots. We have to take good shots and use our strengths."
Tashia Brown and Ivy Brown lead WKU. Tashia leads Conference USA in scoring, averaging 23.0 points per game while leading the team in assists (46) and steals (42). The senior guard has a knack for getting to the free throw line where she has hit 131-of-166 on the season.
Ivy Brown has tremendous size but is a very versatile forward. She averages 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while leading the team in three-pointers made with 35 and blocks with 34. She shoots 52 percent from the field, 39 percent from the three-point line and 86 percent at the free throw line.
As a team, WKU shoots 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent at the free throw line while committing an average of less than 12 turnovers per game.
LA Tech continues to be led by Alexus Malone (13.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Kierra Anthony (12.6 ppg) Taylor Stahly (11.4 ppg, 55 three-pointers) although the Lady Techsters are starting to get some much-needed offensive contributions from other players.
This marks the 45 meeting all-time between WKU and LA Tech with the Lady Techsters leading the all-time series 26-18, including a 15-5 mark in Ruston. WKU has won five straight in the series, including eliminating LA Tech from the Conference USA Tournament last season.
The contest 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 the audio free by downloading the Louisiana Tech X mobile app. Fans can watch a live video stream of the game through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.
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