Feb. 26, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - After a 12-day hiatus from in-game competition, the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters will travel to Logan, Utah to face Utah State Thursday night at 8 p.m. CT in a game that will pit two teams that played a one-point overtime contest earlier this year.
LA Tech (12-13, 8-6 WAC) looks to avenge a heart-breaking, last second 76-75 loss to Utah State (14-11, 11-3) at the Thomas Assembly Center in late January. Although the Aggies have defeated LA Tech three times in Ruston during the course of the series, the Lady Techsters have never lost at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in seven tries.
"We need to get on a role and build some momentum," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "It would be huge to win, especially on the road. To play against a team like Utah State on the road will be tough. It would be huge to walk out of there with a win. It's important that we go on the road and get momentum so we can come back and close at home."
In the first meeting of the year, Utah State's Jenna Johnson hit a shot in the paint with five seconds to play in overtime to lift the Aggies to the one-point win. It was the fourth win during an eight-game winning streak for Utah State that was snapped in the Aggies last game, a 106-94 loss at New Mexico State on Feb. 16.
The game will mark the beginning of LA Tech's last regular season road trip as a member of the WAC as the University will make the all-sports move to Conference USA on July 1.
"This league has been very good to us," Weatherspoon said. "The travel has been difficult, but we have been extremely proud to be a part of the WAC. The competition has been great, but it's coming to an end. We want to end it the right way."
Utah State currently sits in second place in the league standings, one-half game behind the Seattle Redhawks and the Aggies look to stay perfect at home in league play as USU has won seven straight at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum versus conference teams this year.
Johnson (14.2 ppg) and Jennifer Schlott (13.6 ppg) are also averaging double figures this year while Franny Vaalu is scoring 9.7. Vaalu hurt the Lady Techsters in Ruston when she scored 20 points off the bench.
"We can take (the first) game and learn from it," said senior forward Brittany Lewis. "We have watched some film and corrected some things that we could have done better."
LA Tech counters with a roster that boasts four players averaging in double figures led by Kelia Shelton (13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg), Lewis (11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Whitney Frazier (11.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Lulu Perry (10.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg).
Despite Lewis and Frazier averaging double figures, Weatherspoon has continued to preach more consistency offensively from her post players.
"I feel like (Coach) is looking at all the posts," Lewis said. "She is always harping that we have to score in the paint to be successful. It takes a lot of pressure off of our guards."
Tech leads the all-time series 14-3.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Fans can access audio via the Internet through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access. Fans can also follow in-game Twitter updates by following @LATechWBB.