Open Letter from Techster Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon
Feb. 1, 2012
Dear Louisiana Tech fans,
This week we will be hosting a pair of huge Western Athletic Conference games when Nevada (Thursday) and Fresno State (Saturday) come to Ruston.
These two games will mark the midway point of the WAC regular season as YOUR Lady Techsters look to defend their regular season title from a year ago.
We are currently two games out of first place which places that much more emphasis on winning these two contests on our home floor. And as the Under Armour commercial states ... WE MUST PROTECT OUR HOUSE!
We need everyone's support this week as we will prepare for each contest with our usual "one-game-at-a-time" mentality - Nevada on Thursday and then Fresno State on Saturday.
From a marketing standpoint, Saturday night's game against Fresno State is our annual NCAA Pack the House Challenge contest and this year's theme is "Fairwell Fresno: The Rematch."
Last year more than 7,000 fans were treated to one of the most exciting games in Lady Techster history when YOUR Lady Techsters defeated the Bulldogs 90-84 in overtime in a contest where the coaches and players from both of these proud programs left every ounce of energy they had on the floor.
This has become an incredible rivalry with the last five games decided in either overtime or by two points or less. Fresno State is currently undefeated in league play as Coach Adrian Wiggins and his staff continue to do a great job. It's always a battle when these two teams meet, and we expect nothing less this Saturday night.
YOUR young ladies donning the red, white and Columbia blue work hard to represent this University and the surrounding community. I am urging all Louisiana Tech fans to come out in force this week at the Thomas Assembly Center and become our sixth man.
Wear BLUE. Bring signs. Make noise. Be fanatical. Provide the home-court advantage that we need and show the Western Athletic Conference who has the best basketball fans around.
Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters
2011-12 "PACK THE HOUSE" CHALLENGE: "FAIRwell Fresno State: The Rematch"
5th annual NCAA "Pack the House" Challenge--Sat, Feb 4th
"FAIRwell Fresno State: THE REMATCH" (Lady Techsters vs Fresno State at 7 p.m.)
17 and under get in free; all other tickets only $5
Fair Rides (starts at 4pm...must show ride attendant your free bracelet from ticket office or your game ticket):
One of the nation's tallest Ferris wheels
Giant spinning swings and more
Fair food trailers (not included in free food mentioned below)
FREE Food & cotton candy: starts at 5:30 p.m. on the TAC concourse
Ticket office opens at 3:45pm that day (to get free ticket (if 17 & under) or $5 for rides); firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-257-3631; visit www.latechsports.com
Renowned "America's Best Frisbee Dogs" at half-time
Louisiana Purchase Zoo: exotic animal exhibit/petting zoo (starts at 5:30pm)
FREE t-shirt toss
FREE roundtrip airline tickets giveaway (several drawings and contests throughout night)
FCA Faith Night (Fellowship of Christian Athletes and local churches as well as LA Tech's campus ministries): FCA fellowship rally in arena at 4:45pm
Lady Techsters Parents' Night
LA Tech Greek Life Night: "Wobble/Burney" dance contest; announce Greek Spirit Cup winner; recognize AGR for Student Tailgating winner; IFC chili-cookoff (trophy presentation in-game)
"Community Trust Bank Shootout": free throw shootout for $100
Community Trust Bank throwing out free mini basketballs
Only school in the nation to win the "Pack the House" title four years in a row--please help us make it FIVE!
TIMELINE for Sat, Feb 4th
3:45 p.m.--Tech Ticket Office opens (17 and under get FREE bracelets while all other tickets are only $5)
4 p.m.--Fair rides start in TAC parking lot
4:45 p.m.--FCA and Faith Night rally in arena (enter through handicapped entrance)
5:30 p.m.--Doors open; FREE food and Louisiana Purchase Zoo exhibit/petting zoo on TAC concourse; "register to win" table opens 7 p.m.--Tipoff