@LATechWBB Travels to UAB for Saturday Afternoon Tilt
Feb. 22, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Louisiana Tech travels to Alabama Saturday as the Lady Techsters face league-leader UAB at Bartow Arena at 2 p.m. in an important Conference USA contest for both programs.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:30 p.m. Fans can also access free audio through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app. A live video stream of the game can be seen through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.
Tech (17-10, 8-6 C-USA) is in a two-way tie for fifth place in the league standings while UAB (22-4, 11-2) is in a two-way tie for first place with only two weeks remaining in the season. UAB recorded a come-from-behind 66-61 win over the Lady Techsters Feb. 4 in Ruston.
"There are a couple of games that I would like to have back this season and that was definitely one of them," said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. "I just thought that we didn't make plays down the stretch. I thought we were fortunate to be up four points late. We had a miscommunication on a screen and two players ran with one and their point guard pops out and hits a three and cuts it to one. Then they come down and their post player hits a three-pointer in the corner, a kid that had made only two three-pointers all year. Sometimes that is what happens. They got some momentum and we failed to score down the stretch.
"We got outrebounded by 15 which I was very disappointed about. Our energy and effort in that game was very much like the Charlotte game. We can't allow that to happen on the road. We have to bring energy. We have to do a great job of attacking them and using our size inside. We have to be ready to go. It will be a great challenge."
Tech is still chasing a top four seed in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament which will be held March 7-10 in Frisco, Texas. The Lady Techsters are two games behind both Charlotte and Rice in the loss column but still have a game remaining against the Owls. However, Stoehr knows her team has to play just one game at a time and it starts Saturday against one of the top offensive teams in the league.
"You better guard the three-point line," said Stoehr. "They have some of the top three-point shooters in the league. I think their point guard (Miyah) Barnes does a really nice job. Her numbers don't jump off the page. They do as a coach from a consistency stand point and with what she brings every game. She just seems to make plays at the right time. She made two huge plays to beat us. That's what solid leader point guards do, and I thought she did a really good job for them."
Barnes (11.8 ppg, 5.0 apg) scored all 12 of her points in the first meeting against LA Tech in the decisive fourth quarter, including hitting a trio of three-pointers. She is joined in the back court by a pair of prolific shooters in guards Rachael Childress (14.2 ppg, 86 three-pointers) and Deanna Kuzmanic (13.1 ppg, 45 three-pointers).
UAB ranks among the league leaders in scoring (73.9 ppg), field goal percentage (.452), three-point field goal percentage (.403), free throw percentage (.752) and three-pointers made per game (8.3).
The Lady Techsters are coming off their most impressive performance of the season in an 89-57 win over Southern Miss last Saturday. Tech hit a program record 14 three-pointers, including six by junior guard Taylor Stahly, who is just 10 three-pointers shy of breaking Aarica Ray-Boyd's single season record of 86.
Stahly (11.3 ppg) is joined in double digits by Alexus Malone (13.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Kierra Anthony (13.4 ppg). Anthony needs just 12 points to become the 42nd member of the 1,000 point club in Lady Techster history.
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