Feb. 15, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech returns home to host San Jose State Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the PINK ZONE breast cancer awareness game at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The game is the first of a basketball doubleheader as the Bulldogs host North Dakota 30 minutes after the completion of the women's game. It can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Techsters (13-11, 6-3 WAC) are currently in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings after their two-game road sweep at Utah State and Idaho. San Jose State (9-14, 4-4 WAC) is alone in fourth place.
In the first meeting of the year between the two teams, Shantale Bramble-Donaldson scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Lady Techsters to a 70-64 victory. Tech is 21-0 all-time against San Jose State.
However, the Spartans under first year head coach Tim LaKose are having their best season in recent history. Their four WAC wins has already surpassed their total from any of the past five seasons.
San Jose State is led by the league's top scorer in forward Brittany Johnson, who is averaging 19.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. However, Johnson isn't the only Spartan averaging double figures as Sara Plavjlanin (13.6) and Ta'Rea Cunnigan (11.5) have also been consistent offensive threats this year.
The Spartans are one of the top defensive teams in the WAC, holding their opponents to only 37 percent shooting for the year.
As part of the promotions surrounding the PINK ZONE game, the first 300 fans through the Thomas Assembly Center doors will receive a free pink wristband while all fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game (any fan wearing pink can purchase a $5 ticket).
A raffle will also be held as one lucky fan can win a "Sleepin' for the Cure" pillow case autographed by the Lady Techsters (all proceeds benefit the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.