March 1, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Louisiana Tech will look to sweep the season series against San Jose State when the Lady Techsters face the Spartans Saturday night at 9 p.m. CT at the Events Center.
Tech (12-14, 8-7 WAC) defeated San Jose State 94-80 back on Jan. 24 in Ruston in the first meeting of the year in a game that saw the Spartans end the contest with only four players on the floor after seeing three of its seven foul out.
With only three regular season games remaining, both Louisiana Tech and San Jose State are fighting for position in the WAC standings with seedings and a possible extra game at the upcoming league tournament on the line.
Only two games currently separate third place from seventh place in the WAC standings. The seven through 10 seeds will have to play in the opening day of the league tournament and those teams would be forced to win four games instead of three to capture the WAC Tournament title.
Tech is currently in a tie for fourth place with UTSA, one game behind Idaho for third place. However, the Lady Techsters are also only one game ahead of both Denver and San Jose State who are both tied for sixth place.
The Lady Techsters enter the game after a disappointing showing in Logan, Utah where they scored only 11 first half points and eventually lost 70-56 to Utah State. In that contest, Tech hit only 4-of-30 field goals in the first half and entered the locker room trailing 26-11. Tech cut the deficit to as few as five in the second half before falling.
Senior Brittany Lewis led Tech with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Whitney Frazier added 11 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds. Lewis (11.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Frazier (11.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg) are two of four Techsters averaging double figures joined by Kelia Shelton (13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Lulu Perry (10.0 ppg).
Sophomore guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan (20.2 ppg) is one of the top scorers in the WAC. However, she isn't the Spartans only offensive threat as forwards Riana Byrd (11.2 ppg, 10.5 rpg) and Emily Schill (11.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg) are also averaging double figures.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show beginning at 8:30 p.m. Fans can also access a live audio feed of the game online through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com. In-game score updated can also be accessed through Twitter by following @LATechWBB.