Nov. 21, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech continues its tough non-conference slate when the Lady Techsters host the 15th ranked LSU Lady Tigers Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon's squad faces its second Top 25 ranked opponent in three games as LA Tech fell at No. 21 South Carolina in their season opener. Tech lost its last game against ACC foe Virginia on the road in Charlottesville.
Weatherspoon said the early season challenges will only help her team progress.
"This will be the third straight high caliber team that we have faced to start the year," Weatherspoon said. "The schedule is challenging our team which is good. Our mindset when we step on the floor each game is to win, regardless of who is on the other side. LSU will be another great challenge for us, and we are excited about the opportunity to compete at a high level."
This marks the 29th meeting in the series history between the two storied programs that have combined for 49 NCAA Tournament appearances (27 LA Tech, 22 LSU) and 15 NCAA Final Fours (10 LA Tech, 5 LSU). The two teams have split the 28 previous games - each winning 14 - although LSU has won seven in a row in the series, including last year's 77-55 win in Baton Rouge.
"It will be tough," Weatherspoon said. "LSU has great athletes. They push the ball well and shoot it well. Their bigs are big, and they control the painted area. We have to be a disciplined team and feed off the crowd. We are fired up about it."
The Lady Tigers enter the game sporting a 3-1 on the year after their 73-54 victory over Hampton Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. Head coach Nikki Caldwell's teams only loss of the young season came at No. 5 Louisville.
"LA Tech is a team that when we play them they play us tough," Caldwell said. "They aren't going to back down. They are going to come at us. They are going to push the tempo in transition and try to score early in the offense. Closing out, defending penetration and rebounding will be keys."
LA Tech counters with a smaller lineup but one that has shown signs early in the year of creating havoc as guards Lulu Perry (22.0 ppg), JaQuan Jackson (14.0 ppg) and Christassia Walter (12.0 ppg) and hybrid guard/forward Whitney Frazier (12.0 ppg) are all averaging double figures heading into the matchup.
Saturday will be Faith and Family Day for both the basketball game and the Bulldog football game against Tulsa that kicks off at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Staidum. Included in the Faith and Family Day events is a free concert by the Rhett Walker Band which will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.
It's also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day as all Louisiana Tech employees can purchase $5 tickets for the basketball game. Also, anyone who has a ticket for the Bulldog football game can also purchase a $5 ticket for the women's basketball game.
To purchase tickets or for more information on the game, fans can call 318-257-3631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The ticket booths of the Thomas Assembly Center will open Saturday at 11 a.m. and fans can purchase tickets to either game.
Free Lady Techster schedule magnets and individual player posters (Kanedria Andrews) will be given away to the first 250 fans through the Thomas Assembly Center doors on Saturday. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 12:30 p.m. Fans can also access audio and video online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
In-game Twitter updates can be followed at @LATechWBB and fans can follow Lady Techster basketball on Facebook by LIKING Facebook.com/LATechWBB.