@LATechWBB Hosts League Leader UAB Sunday

Feb. 3, 2018

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RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech continues its gauntlet of games through the top of the Conference USA standings Sunday when the Lady Techsters host UAB at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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 access the audio for free by downloading the Louisiana Tech X mobile app. A live video stream of the game can be accessed through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.

After falling to WKU last Sunday and then posting its most impressive road win of the year Thursday at Middle Tennessee, the Lady Techster (14-8, 5-4) welcome the Blazers (18-3, 7-1), a team that has won 11 of its last 12 games.

UAB enters the contest tied with WKU and Rice -- Tech's next opponents -- in the Conference USA standings. Head coach Randy Norton's team is has very few weaknesses as they rank among the league leaders in offense, defense and on the boards.

The Blazers rank No. 1 in field goal percentage (.459), No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage (.417), No. 2 in three-pointers made per game (8.6) and No. 2 in scoring offense (75.3 ppg). On the defensive end of the floor, UAB ranks No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.370), No. 4 in scoring defense (59.4) and No. 4 in rebounding margin (+4.8).

And if that wasn't good enough, UAB ranks No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio and No. 2 in turnovers committed.

"They can really shoot it," said LA Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. "They can spread you out. They've got four of the top three-point shooters in the conference. We've got to do a great job of defending them. We will be able to provide a little more help and do some things different than what we did against Middle Tennessee if we choose to, but at the end of the day we have to be able to guard. They are so efficient. They don't turn the ball over. They take care of it."

Rachel Childress (14.7 ppg, 73-156 three-pointers), Deanna Kuzmanic (13.1 ppg, 42-96 three-pointers), Miyah Barnes (11.2 ppg, 26-63 three-pointers) and Trista Magee (6.8 ppg, 20-40 three-pointers) all rank among the Conference USA leaders in three-point field goal percentage.

UAB is coming off an 84-64 win at UTEP Friday night in a game that saw the Blazers hit 17 three-pointers in the victory.

Despite their prolific shooting, Stoehr is even more impressed with UAB's defense.

"I think the one thing they don't get enough credit for is their defense," said Stoehr. "I think they keep people in front, they don't make mistakes. They don't do things that beat them. We have a tough task ahead of us. We are going to need a great crowd."

The Lady Techsters have won 10 of 12 games at home this year and 14 of their last 16 at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tech has seen a recent uptrend in contributions from junior guard Kierra Anthony (13.0 ppg) and junior forward Reauna Cleaver (5.4 ppg). Anthony is averaging 19.0 points per game in the last two contests while Cleaver is averaging 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds over the last four games.

Alexus Malone (13.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg) and Taylor Stahly (11.5 ppg, 61-139 three-pointers) continue to be Tech's more consistent scorers although the Lady Techsters have seen more balance in recent games.

UAB leads the all-time series against LA Tech 3-2, although the Lady Techsters defeated the Blazers 64-63 in Ruston last season.

 

 

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