Feb. 14, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech and UAB will meet for the first time ever when the Lady Techsters and Blazers tipoff at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center in the first game of a Conference USA basketball doubleheader.
Following the contest between the Lady Techsters and Blazers, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will host Rice with an approximate tipoff time of 7:15 p.m.
The Lady Techsters (7-16, 2-8 C-USA) have dropped three straight games, including an 85-61 loss against Charlotte Thursday night.
Sophomore guard Lulu Perry scored a game-high 19 points in the loss to the 49ers and is averaging 16.0 points a game over the last six contests. Perry (11.5 ppg) is one of four Tech players averaging double figures, joining Whitney Frazier (16.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Chrisstasia Walter (11.6 ppg, 6.0 apg) and JaQuan Jackson (11.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
Frazier is attempting to become only the 10th Lady Techster to ever average a double double for an entire season and only the third in the last 23 years (Cheryl Ford, Shanavia Dowdell). She has recorded 11 double doubles in the last 16 games for Tech.
Jackson has hit 42 three-pointers on the season and needs only seven more to break Tamicha Jackson's freshman record of 48 set in 1996-97.
UAB boasts a trio of big-time scorers in forward Karisma Chapman (20.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg), guard Ashley Grimes (14.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and guard Chelsee Black (13.6 ppg, 48-131 three-pointers). Chapman is a two-time second team all-Conference USA selection and a two-time member of the league's all-defensive team.
Eight of UAB's 10 losses have come by single digits or in overtime and their worst defeat of the year was an 11-point loss to both Vanderbilt and FIU.
Saturday will be Mardi Gras and Scout Day at the Thomas Assembly Center. Free Mardi Gras beads will be given away at the doors while supplies last while a scavenger hunt for boy and girl scouts has been planned for in between games.
The March of Dimes Diaper Derby will also be held in between games.
Free Johnny's Pizza will be given away to the first 200 Louisiana Tech students in attendance.
Saturday's game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show starting at 4:30 p.m.