Nov. 21, 2011
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech returns to the hardwood Tuesday night when the Lady Techsters host Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (0-2) plays four games in the next five days as the Lady Techsters will travel to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to play against Seton Hall, Old Dominion and Alabama starting Thanksgiving Day.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Co. are looking for the first win of the season after dropping their first two games of the season to Missouri Valley Conference favorite Missouri State and Summit League favorite Oral Roberts.
"It's important for us to get back out on the court," Weatherspoon said. "I've seen some very good flashes of basketball from us at times, but we have to learn to play for 40 minutes. Defense is not an option for us. Our kids need to learn that if they want to play, they are going to work on the defensive end.
"We will play a lot of basketball in the coming week, and I think it will do us some good to get some more games under our belts. It's imperative that we get senior leadership right now as some of our younger players learn what it takes to compete at this level."
Offensively, LA Tech is averaging 68 points per game, shooting 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line through two games as the Lady Techsters boast six players averaging 8.0 points per game or more.
Shantale Bramble-Donaldson (13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Angie Felton (12.0 ppg, 5-10 threes) are Tech's leading scorers while Kiara Young (8.5 ppg), Tavasha Anderson (8.5 ppg), Jasmine Bendolph (8.5 ppg) and Whitney Jones (8.0 ppg) are also contributing in the scoring column.
UALR (1-2) won its season opener over Tulsa but has dropped its last two games to SMU (69-60) and defending national champion Texas A&M (83-54). The Trojans are the two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions but, like Louisiana Tech, graduated their top two scorers off of last year's team.
Senior Marian Kursh, the cousin of former Techster Tamika Kursh, leads UALR averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while teammate Taylor Gault is averaging 14.3 points per contest.
Tech leads the all-time series with UALR 6-2, although the Trojans defeated the Lady Techsters 59-55 in Little Rock last season.
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. Tech fans can also access all of the action live on the web by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.latechsports.com.