Feb. 11, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will host Charlotte Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center in a game that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.
The contest is the 7th Annual Pack the House game at the Thomas Assembly Center. This year's game will have a pink theme to it as the first 500 fans through the Thomas Assembly Center doors will receive free PINK OUT t-shirts in an effort to help promote breast cancer awareness. The Lady Techsters will also be sporting their pink uniforms for the contest.
Free hot dogs courtesy of Brennan Dodge will also be available on the front steps of the TAC while supplies last. It's also Greek Night at the Thomas Assembly as free pizza will be available to the first 200 Louisiana Tech students through the doors. A number of on-court competitions will be held for Tech students during the game.
The bounce house will be set up outside the Thomas Assembly Center for young Tech fans.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon's team looks to get back into the win column after dropping a pair of road games last week at UTEP and Marshall. Tech (7-15, 2-7) has seen much more success at home this year, sporting a 7-4 mark at the Thomas Assembly Center.
"Home has been really good to us," Weatherspoon said. "I think anybody feels more comfortable at home, playing on the floor you practice on and shooting on the goals you shoot on every day. Being at home in front of your own fans makes a difference. The atmosphere makes a difference. We have to take advantage of it.
"These (next) two home games a very important. We are making that known to our players. They need to understand how important these games are in order to build confidence. We then must take that same confidence on the road."
Junior Whitney Frazier continues to shoulder the load for Tech, averaging 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game with 12 double doubles on the year. The El Dorado, Arkansas native is trying to become only the 10th player in LA Tech history to average a double double for an entire season, and only the third since 1989-90 (Cheryl Ford, Shanavia Dowdell).
Charlotte (10-11, 4-4 C-USA) enters the game having dropped two straight contests. The 49ers boast a balanced offensive attack with four players averaging in double figures.
"They are a good basketball team," Weatherspoon said. "You don't take a look at their record but instead what they do between the four lines. They like to pound the ball inside. They get to the painted area; they are a very aggressive team. We have to take them out of their comfort zone."
Gabby Tyler (11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Ny Hammonds (11.8 ppg, 5.3 apg), Kira Gordon (11.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg), and Hillary Sigmon (10.2 ppg, 33-111 three-pointers) are the 49ers top offensive threats.
Tech and Charlotte have never met in women's basketball.
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