March 6, 2009
LAS CRUCES -- Louisiana Tech is back in a historically familiar position when the Lady Techsters face New Mexico State Saturday night at 8 p.m. CST in the Pan American Center.
The Lady Techsters (18-11, 11-4 WAC) will be playing for the program's 19th regular season conference championship in the last 22 years and the eighth as a nine-year member of the Western Athletic Conference.
LA Tech had a string of 15 straight regular season titles snapped last year when the Lady Techsters finished fifth but after six straight wins, Tech is tied for the WAC lead with Fresno State heading into the final weekend of play.
"We haven't done anything yet," said Tech interim head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Our young ladies have played well and have put themselves in a position to have this opportunity. However, we know we are playing a New Mexico State team that is very tough at home."
A win by LA Tech over the Aggies -- Tech has lost the last two times it has played at the Pan American Center -- coupled with a Utah State victory over Fresno State would give Tech the outright WAC title.
If both Fresno State and LA Tech win, the two teams will share the WAC title and seeding for the upcoming WAC Tournament in Reno will be based on a tiebreaker scenario that is very fluid heading into the final weekend.
A Tech loss and a Fresno State win would knock LA Tech out of the WAC title.
Tech has won six straight games with five of those victories coming by double figures and the Lady Techsters already own a 77-51 win over New Mexico State on Jan. 30 in Ruston.
Adrienne Johnson (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Shanavia Dowdell (15.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg) continue to terrorize the league as the duo rank No. 1 and 2 in scoring in the WAC while both also rank in the top three in rebounding and field goal percentage.
The Aggies (9-20, 5-10 WAC) lost on Wednesday night 69-52 at Fresno State and despite their sub-500 mark, NMSU has shown a toughness at home posting an 8-5 mark at the Pan American Center.
NMSU defeated Fresno State 80-74 earlier this season at home.
Sophomore guard Madison Spence leads the Aggies averaging 13.9 points per game while backcourt teammate Danisha Corbett is averaging 12.0 points.
Tech leads the all-time series against the Aggies 8-2.
The game will be televised live as part of the ESPN FullCourt package as well as on a one-hour tape delayed basis on Fox Sports Arizona.
It can also be heard on the Louisiana Tech Radio Network on KXKZ 107.5 with the pre-game show beginning at 7:30 p.m.