Posted Feb 28, 2003 15:43:55
Tech Hosts Improved Boise State Team
RUSTON - Going by the score of the first time Louisiana Tech and Boise State played back in late January, most people would think Saturday night's contest at the Thomas Assembly Center might not be much of one.
However, when the sixth-ranked Lady Techsters (24-2, 16-0) take the floor at 7 p.m., they will be facing one of the hottest teams in the Western Athletic Conference as the Broncos have won five of their last seven.
After starting the conference season winning only one of its first eight games, head coach Jen Warden's squad has posted impressive victories against SMU, Nevada, Tulsa, Rice and UTEP recently. However, Warden and Co. will face a tough task of facing a Louisiana Tech team that is playing its best basketball of the year right now.
"These kids have so much confidence right now and they should," said Tech head coach Kurt Budke. "We played extremely well recently, especially over the last three games. Everyone is feeling more comfortable with their roles. I'm most pleased with how hard everyone is playing right now."
Junior forward Trina Frierson has been one of the big keys to the Techsters recent surge as the Vicksburg, Miss., native is averaging 23.3 points over the past four games while shooting 68 percent from the field. Frierson, who is averaging 14.0 points a game this year, has scored 20 or more points in three of the past four contests.
Frierson's recent emergence combined with senior center Cheryl Ford's continued dominating presence has made the Lady Techsters almost impossible to stop inside.
Guards Amber Obaze (12.0 ppg) and Erica Smith (11.7 ppg) complement the Tech inside game on the perimeter while freshman point guard Tasha Crain is looking more and more like a seasoned veteran.
Tech has won 22 straight games since an early December loss while extending its WAC record winning streak to 19 games.
The Lady Techsters downed Boise State 102-66 Jan. 31 in Boise.
The contest can be heard on KXKZ-FM 107.5 and via the Internet at www.z1075fm.com.