Feb. 8, 2012
LOGAN, UTAH - Louisiana Tech has something to prove Thursday afternoon when it takes the floor to face the Utah State Aggies at the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum in an important Western Athletic Conference basketball game.
Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT and the game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The first time the Lady Techsters (11-11, 4-3 WAC) faced Utah State on Jan. 14 at the Thomas Assembly Center, the Aggies (15-6, 6-1 WAC) dominated for 40 minutes en route to a 79-62 win - only its second ever against LA Tech.
Thursday's game marks the start of the second half of the conference season for both teams as Teresa Weatherspoon and Co. sit in third place in the league standings, three games behind WAC leader Fresno State and two behind Utah State.
In the first meeting of the year, Utah State shot 57 percent from the field - a season-high against the Lady Techsters - while holding LA Tech to only 34 percent shooting.
"We have to execute our game plan better than we did the first time we played," Weatherspoon said. "Our kids have gotten better executing since the first time we played. We have more confidence offensively, we are finishing shots, we are finding people, we are sharing the basketball. All of those things we weren't doing then and we are doing now. These are all things we must do. Our kids must understand the game plan.
"Utah State has a good inside outside game. They do a great job of going inside and working on the outside. Our kids understand what they do well. The second time around is always interesting. We have a better understanding of what they can do."
Tech must rebound from a heartbreaking 61-59 loss to Fresno State Saturday in a game that saw the Lady Techsters have two opportunities in the final 10 seconds to tie the game or take the lead.
Shantale Bramble-Donaldson leads Tech averaging 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Jasmine Bendolph (9.7 ppg, 6.0 apg), Whitney Jones (8.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Whitney Frazier (8.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Kiara Young (7.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg) round out the Lady Techsters top five offensive threats.
Tech leads the all-time series against the Aggies 12-2 and has never lost in Logan.