Techsters Face Marshall Saturday
Feb. 7, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. V. - Louisiana Tech is looking for its first road win. Marshall is looking for its first conference win.
Something has to give Saturday afternoon when the Lady Techsters face the Thundering Herd at 12 p.m. CT at the Cam Henderson Center in the first meeting between the two programs.
Both teams come into the match-up with identical 7-14 records on the season. However, LA Tech is 2-6 in C-USA play while Marshall is 0-8.
"They are a dangerous basketball team," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "They have played a lot of close games in conference play, including taking both Rice and Old Dominion into overtime. You know they are hungry for a win. This is a game that we will have to play well in order to win. We can't just show up."
Tech (7-14, 2-6) is coming off a hard-fought loss at UTEP Wednesday night when the Lady Techsters saw a slim 70-69 lead evaporate in the final three minutes of play in the 85-75 loss. However, despite the loss, there were encouraging signs for Weatherspoon.
Sophomore Lulu Perry, who has struggled to shoot the basketball from the perimeter this year, hit 6-of-8 three-pointers while scoring a career-high 24 points. Freshman JaQuan Jackson added 15 points and a career-high seven rebounds and has only committed one turnover in the last 72 minutes on the floor.
Point guard Chrisstasia Walter recorded a career-high tying 10 assists while committing only three turnovers. Whitney Frazier was her normal self, recording her 10th double double in the last 14 games.
"The positives were definitely there," Weatherspoon said. "We focus on the positives and work on the negatives."
Rebounding and turnovers. Those were the two areas that ultimately cost Tech in the loss to UTEP; in a number of losses this year. The combination of allowing 24 offensive rebounds and committing 23 turnovers was simply too much to overcome against an 18-4 Miners squad. It will also have to improve against Marshall.
The Thundering Herd haven't won since defeating NJIT 57-56 on Jan. 5. However, as Weatherspoon noted, Coach Matt Daniel's team has shown signs of getting better.
Leah Scott (11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) leads Marshall offensively. Suporia Dickens (9.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg), AJ Johnson (9.6 rpg, 41-112 three-pointers), and Norrisha Victrum (7.4 ppg, 3.4 apg) are also offensive threats for the Thundering Herd.
The game 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 11:30 a.m. Fans can also access audio online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
In-game Twitter updates can be followed at @LATechWBB and fans can follow Lady Techster basketball on Facebook by LIKING Facebook.com/LATechWBB.
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