Posted Feb 6, 2006 19:17:01
Techsters Break Into AP Top 25
RUSTON -- Last week the college coaches took notice. This week the national media did as Louisiana Tech broke into the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 24, the first time the Lady Techsters have been ranked since Nov. 29, 2004.
After losses to Mississippi State and Illinois in early December, Tech fell out of the AP Poll, breaking a streak of 221 consecutive appearances.
However, after entering the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll last week at No. 24, Tech jumped into the AP Poll after road wins over Nevada and Utah State.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work by these coaches and these players to get back into the polls,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “There’s a lot of tradition and pride at Louisiana Tech. To be back in the Top 25 poll feels great and we are really excited about it.”
Tech, which sports a 16-4 mark and has won 11 of its last 12 games, is tied with Texas A&M for 24th place with 53 points each. Ironically, Texas A&M is coached by a former Techster assistant in Gary Blair.
“It seems kind of funny that we’re tied with Louisiana Tech for that (24th) spot,” Blair told the Associated Press Monday. “That’s where I learned (about coaching).”
Louisiana Tech has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for 438 weeks since its inception in 1976.
North Carolina is the unanimous No. 1 choice this week followed by Duke, LSU, Connecticut and Tennessee.