@LATechWBB Hosts Rice in Wednesday Night Tilt

Feb. 6, 2018

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech returns to action Wednesday night when the Lady Techsters host Rice at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

Tech (14-9, 5-5 C-USA) looks to get back into the Win column after dropping a 66-61 decision to UAB on Sunday afternoon. Rice (17-3, 7-1) comes into the game having won 12 of its last 13 games, including four straight. The Owls haven’t played since a 62-56 win over Southern Miss a week ago.

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 6 p.m. Free audio of the broadcast can also be heard through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app. A live video stream can be accessed through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.

Rice is off to its best start in program history and currently sits a half game behind league leaders WKU and UAB in the Conference USA standings. The Owls are about to embark on their toughest stretch of the season with consecutive games against LA Tech, WKU, UAB and Middle Tennessee.

“They are very offensive minded,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “Their conference numbers are very good. They are at the top of a lot of offensive categories. We have to do a great job.”

Rice is led by Erica Ogwumike (17.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg), Nicole Iademarco (13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Wendy Knight (11.1 ppg, 37-83 three-pointers) as the Owls are one of the top three-point shooting teams in Conference USA. Rice ranks No. 1 in three-pointers made per game (8.8) and No. 2 in three-point field goal percentage (.378).

“I think they have great balance,” said Stoehr. “They are going to play a lot of four guard lineup. They are going to spread you out. They run the Princeton offense and there are a lot of good things you can do out of that. You have to be able to guard a particular way and take away a few things.

 

 

“We have to get stops in order to go down and score on them. We have to be able to aggressive and use our size inside. We have to take advantage of that.”

Rice is 7-3 away from their home court this season, the third most road victories in program history.

LA Tech will counter with a lineup that has seen consistent contributions from Alexus Malone (13.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Kierra Anthony (13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and Taylor Stahly (11.1 ppg, 62 three-pointers) and the recent emergence of Reauna Cleaver (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg over last 5 games). Sophomore guard Kierra Lang has also found her outside touch, connecting on her last five three-pointers at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Lady Techsters lead the all-time series against Rice 13-8, including a 9-1 mark in games played at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tech swept last year’s two-game series, winning 70-67 in overtime in Houston and 62-51 in Ruston.

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