Nov. 19, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will return to the hardwood Tuesday night when the Lady Techsters host Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech is coming off a heartbreaking 57-55 loss at Mississippi State on Friday night in a game that saw the Lady Techsters build as much as a 12-point second half advantage.
Through its first three games of the year, Tech (0-3) is averaging 57.3 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line. However, Tech is only 4-of-26 from the three-point line and is averaging 19 turnovers per contest.
"We knew going into the year this was going to be a process," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "It wasn't going to happen overnight. I was extremely disappointed in the way we played down the stretch Friday night. We let that one get away.
"It's up to us as coaches to get these young ladies better as individuals and as a team. We are not going to allow them to stop when things get difficult. We are going to continue to push them and we will get better."
Senior forward Brittany Lewis and sophomore guard Kelia Shelton lead Tech, averaging 14.0 points per game while sophomore guard Lulu Perry is averaging 11.5 points per game. Shelton played her first collegiate game in 20 months in the loss to Mississippi State on Friday, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Central Arkansas (3-0) has won its first three games of the year by an average margin of almost 20 points. The Bears won 24 games last season and captured the regular season title in the Southland Conference before falling to McNeese State in the SLC Tournament title game.
As a team UCA is shooting only 37 percent from the field and 8-of-42 from the three-point line but is outrebounding its opponents by 11 boards per contest. The Bears have also held opponents to only 29 percent shooting.
Tuesday night will be Lulu Perry Poster Night at the Thomas Assembly Center as the first 200 fans through the TAC doors will receive a free commemorative poster of the Benton freshman.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. Fans can also access live video and audio by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access on www.LATechSports.com.