Techsters Face Tough Test in Logan Saturday at 4 p.m.
Feb. 25, 2011
LOGAN - Louisiana Tech will face one of the hottest teams in the Western Athletic Conference Saturday when the first-place Lady Techsters play third-place Utah State at 4 p.m. CT at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Tech (20-5, 12-0 WAC) enters the game with a 13-game winning streak, tied for the ninth longest in the country and the longest by a Lady Techster team since a 15-game streak during the 2005-06 team.
Utah State (15-11, 9-4 WAC) has won seven of its last eight games with the lone setback being an 81-63 loss at Fresno State Feb. 12. The Aggies, who opened the season by losing their first four games of the year, sit alone in third place in the current WAC standings.
The game looms large for both teams as LA Tech is still trying to clinch a regular season WAC title and the No. 1 seed in the league tournament and build on its postseason resume while Utah State is battling Nevada for the third seed in the WAC Tournament held in Las Vegas March 9-12.
In the first meeting of the year, the Lady Techsters defeated Utah State 91-74 on Jan. 20 in Ruston as Tech All-American candidate Adrienne Johnson scored a career-high 36 points while setting a program single game record by connecting on 16-of-16 free throws.
Johnson continues her assault on the Tech record books as she is averaging 21.8 points per game, which ranks No. 9 in the country, as the Franklin native needs only six points to pass former Kodak All-American Amanda Wilson into eighth place in the Tech scoring list.
Guards Whitney Jones (10.7 ppg) and Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey (10.6 ppg) are providing consistent offensive contributions as Jones scored a career-high 31 points in Logan two years ago as a sophomore.
LA Tech ranks No. 2 in scoring offense (73.9 ppg), scoring defense (63.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (.423) in the league while Utah State ranks No. 4 in scoring (67.6 ppg), No. 8 in scoring defense (68.1 ppg), and No. 3 in field goal percentage (.419).
With a frontline that features the tallest player in the league in 6-foot-6-inch Banna Diop, Utah State leads the WAC in blocked shots at 4.19 per contest.
Junior forwards Ashlee Brown paces the Aggies, averaging 15.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a contest while guard Devin Christensen is second on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game and a team-high 33 three-pointers.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with the pregame show beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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