@LATechWBB Travels to FIU Saturday
Feb. 17, 2017
MIAMI, Fla. – Louisiana Tech puts its season-long four game winning streak on the line Saturday when the Lady Techsters face FIU at 1 p.m. CT at FIU Arena in Conference USA action.
Tech (14-11, 9-5 C-USA) is coming off a 76-52 win over Florida Atlantic on Thursday in a game that saw the Lady Techsters use a huge fourth quarter to pull away for the victory. FIU (5-19, 3-10) lost its home game Thursday night 75-37 to Southern Miss.
Head coach Brooke Stoehr’s team is currently in a two-way tie with USM for fourth place in the Conference USA standings, one-half game behind Charlotte and one-half game in front of Old Dominion. The Lady Techsters will be going for the program’s first five-game league winning streak since the 2010-11 season – the last time LA Tech made the NCAA Tournament.
“There are some things we need to clean up from last night, but overall I think this team is in a good place right now,” said Stoehr. “This group is fun to be around. They are loose, in a good way, not a silly way. They understand they are playing for something this late in the season.
“This will be enough tough road game. FIU is fighting for their Conference USA Tournament lives and they have plenty to play for too. I’m sure they were disappointed in Thursday night so I expect to get their best. We need to continue to play with energy and effort.”
Tech saw four players score in double figures in the win over the Owls, including a game-high 19 points from Kierra Anthony and a season-high 13 points from Ashley Santos. Alexus Malone recorded a double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Jasmine LeBlanc added 12 points and 9 rebounds.
The Lady Techsters have won with rebounding the past three games, outrebounding their opponents by at least 13 boards in each game. Tech outscored FAU 48-12 on points in the paint thanks to a 48-34 rebounding advantage.
FIU has dropped five straight games since its last win and the Panthers are currently in a two-way tie for 12th place in the Conference USA standings. Only the top 12 teams will qualify for the league tournament in Birmingham in March.
The Panthers have struggled offensively this season, averaging just 55.5 points per game while shooting just 37 percent from the field and averaging almost 20 turnovers per game. FIU scored just 19 points in the first three quarters of its loss to Southern Miss on Thursday.
Sophomore guard Kristian Hudson leads FIU in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per contest while teammate Janka Hegedus is also in double figures averaging 10.5 points a contest. FIU ranks last in C-USA in rebounding at -11 boards a contest.
Tech leads the all-time series against FIU 10-0.
Saturday’s game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 12:30 p.m. Fans can hear a free audio broadcast online at espn977.com or through the Louisiana Tech X or Red Peach Media apps. A live video stream can be seen through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.
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