@LATechWBB Faces Upset-Minded North Texas in C-USA Tourney

March 7, 2018

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FRISCO, Texas -- The first day of the 2018 Conference USA basketball tournament turned out to be a day for the Texas teams as Rice, UTEP, UTSA and North Texas all prevailed on the women's side of the bracket in games play at The Ford Center at the Star.

The No. 3 seeded Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters sat in the stands and watched as the No. 11 seed North Texas Mean Green pulled the biggest upset of the first day with a 58-55 victory over the No. 6 seed Charlotte 49ers.

Tech (19-10) will now face North Texas (16-13) Thursday at 2 p.m. in the final quarterfinal game of the day. The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:30 p.m. Fans can also access the audio through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.

A live video stream can be seen through Facebook Live. To access the link to the stream can be found on the women's basketball schedule page at LATechSports.com or through Twitter at @LATechWBB.

"North Texas is going to defend really well," said head coach Brooke Stoehr. "North Texas does a really good defensively. I think it will be a really good match-up. We prepared for both North Texas and Charlotte this week. However, so much of what we are worried about is us. Sure we have a game plan and are going to put our players in a position to be successful against the opposing personnel, but so much of it is who we are and playing our style."

The Lady Techsters enter the tournament as arguably the hottest team in the league, winners of their last three games, including road wins at league champion UAB (70-60) and Rice (70-62) in its final two contests of the regular season.

Head coach Brooke Stoehr's team hasn't seen North Texas since the Conference USA opener way back on Jan. 3, a 63-55 Tech win in Ruston. North Texas entered Wednesday's match-up against Charlotte having lost three straight to end the regular season, but the Mean Green built an 11-point halftime lead and held on for the win.

In Tech's win over North Texas over two months ago, Kierra Anthony (18), Alexus Malone (16) and Taylor Stahly (14) combined for 48 points.

Malone (14.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg) was named first team all-Conference USA while Anthony (14.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg) earned a spot on the second team released earlier this week. Stahly (11.2 ppg, 82-186 three-pointers) enters the C-USA Tournament needing only five three-pointers to break the single season program record of 86 set by Aarica Ray-Boyd in 2005-06.

North Texas is led by guard Terriell Bradley, a first team All-Conference USA honoree, averaging 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Bradley scored 23 against LA Tech in the first meeting of the year.

Tech leads the all-time series against North Texas 12-0, including a 2-0 mark in conference tournament games. Tech defeated North Texas 74-57 in the 2001 Sun Belt Tournament in Mobile and 77-59 in the 2014 Conference USA Tournament in El Paso.

In the 2001 Sun Belt Tournament game, current North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell scored 19 points for the Mean Green while current LA Tech head coach Brooke Stoerh scored 11 for the Lady Techsters.

LA Tech is 59-14 all-time in conference tournament games, including a 4-4 mark in C-USA Tournaments. The Lady Techsters have captured 16 league tournament titles in their history (4 American South, 7 Sun Belt, 5 WAC).




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