Feb. 29, 2012
FRESNO - Louisiana Tech and Fresno State will meet for what could be the final time in women's basketball as the Lady Techsters and Bulldogs tipoff Thursday at 8 p.m. CT at the Save Mart Center in Western Athletic Conference action.
Fresno State (23-5, 11-1 WAC), which is departing the WAC following this season, enters the game alone in first place in the league standings, but it is coming off its first loss in WAC play after falling 62-61 at San Jose State last Saturday night.
Louisiana Tech (15-12, 8-4 WAC) is coming off a 64-50 win over New Mexico State in its last outing as the Lady Techsters have almost wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Vegas March 7-10.
The series between the Bulldogs and the Lady Techsters has become the best in the WAC over the course of the past three years. In the last six meetings between LA Tech and Fresno State, three have been decided in overtime and the other three have been decided by two points each, including a 61-59 win by FSU over the Lady Techsters on Feb. 4 in Ruston.
Last year's meeting at the Save Mart Center was the highlight of the series as Tech defeated Fresno State 94-92 in triple overtime on a last second three-pointer by Lady Techster guard Brietta Thomas.
Fresno State enters Thursday's game against LA Tech having won 11 of 12 games as home this year, including a perfect 5-for-5 in WAC action. The Bulldogs are led by transfer Ki-Ki Moore (16.7 ppg, 37 three-pointers), junior Rosie Moult (12.4 ppg, 74 three-pointers) and freshman Madison Parrish (9.4 ppg, 42 three-pointers).
FSU ranks in the top five nationally in three-pointers made per game at more than nine per contest although the Bulldogs were held to 0-of-8 in the first meeting with the Lady Techsters.
Tech counters with a balanced attack as six players are averaging more than seven points per game led by Shantale Bramble-Donaldson (11.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Jasmine Bendolph (9.5 ppg, 6.1 apg), Whitney Jones (9.1 ppg, 36 three-pointers), Whitney Frazier (8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Kiara Young (7.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Angie Felton (7.0 ppg, 27 three-pointers).
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT with a live audio stream available through a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.latechsports.com. Fans can get score updates on Twitter by following @LATechMButler.