@LATechWBB Earns No. 3 Seed in C-USA Tournament

March 3, 2018

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RUSTON, La. -- After winning its final three games of the regular season, including back-to-back road wins at league champion UAB and Rice, Louisiana Tech turned to scoreboard watching Saturday as the final day of the Conference USA regular season had significant impact on seeding for the upcoming league tournament in Frisco.

Tech (19-10, 10-6 C-USA) completed its regular season Thursday in Houston with a 70-62 win over Rice; however, the Lady Techsters still needed the ball to bounce the right way Saturday to earn a top four seed in the league tournament.

After both Middle Tennessee and Charlotte each won at home early Saturday afternoon, it came down to the match-up between the Rice Owls and North Texas Mean Green. A Rice win, and the Lady Techsters were the No. 3 seed. A North Texas win, a LA Tech would fall to No. 5.

In typical Rice-North Texas fashion, the contest was low scoring and came down to the final possession. It wasn't until North Texas guard Terriell Bradley missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer sealing a Rice victory and Louisiana Tech's C-USA Tournament seeding fate.

Tech will enter the postseason for the second straight year with a bye on the opening day. The Lady Techsters will play the winner of No. 6 seed Charlotte and No. 11 seed North Texas (game is Wednesday at 2 p.m.) on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.

Tech defeated North Texas 61-53 in the C-USA opener on Jan. 3 and lost to Charlotte 64-51 on Feb. 15 -- both games played in Ruston.

Head coach Brooke Stoehr's team has become road warriors down the stretch, defeating Middle Tennessee, UTEP, UAB and Rice in their last four games played away from Ruston. Those four teams are a combined 42-13 at home this season, but 0-4 against LA Tech.

Other first round match-ups on the women's side include No. 8 Southern Miss vs. No. 9 UTEP (winner plays No. 1 UAB), No. 5 Rice vs. No. 12 Old Dominion (winner plays No. 4 Middle Tennessee) and No. 7 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 10 UTSA (winner plays No. 2 WKU).

The first two days of the women's tournament will be shown live on Facebook Live.




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