@LATechWBB Travels to Vegas to Face Penn State, Niagara
Nov. 22, 2017
LAS VEGAS -- Louisiana Tech is one of 12 teams heading to Las Vegas for the 2017 South Point Shootout at the South Point Hotel and Casino this weekend.
The Lady Techsters face Penn State Friday at 7:45 p.m. CT and Niagara Sunday at 1 p.m. CT in the event which will include 12 games over three days. Other teams playing in the event include Texas, UCLA, Kansas State, Washington, Creighton, LSU, St. Louis, Cleveland State and UL-Lafayette.
Tech (3-1) is coming off a 75-59 loss at Auburn Sunday in a game that saw the Lady Techsters trail by only seven with two minutes to play despite a season-high 29 turnovers. Head coach Brooke Stoehr knows her team must take care of the basketball better in order to reach their goals and delivered that message after the loss to the Tigers.
"I told the team we don't have time to hang our heads," said Stoehr. "Just like I said after the Memphis win, it's only the third game of the season. Well this was the fourth game of the season with a lot of basketball to be played. What is our response going to be? Are we going to hang our heads and pout about having turnovers or are we going to do the little things that we need to do in terms of playing in a stance, keep the ball in the middle of the floor, get the ball off the top of our head, don't dribble yourself into trap areas where you are vulnerable to turnovers. We have to be able to respond to that. I think this group will. We will watch film, correct and teach and just keep trying to get better."
Friday's match-up against Penn State will be the 11th in the series, but the first since 2002-03 when LA Tech handed the Nittany Lions an 87-84 loss in State College. Amber Obaze hit a 30-foot bank shot with 1.2 seconds to play for the win, snapping Penn State's 24-game home winning streak.
Tech leads the series 7-3.
Penn State (5-0) is undefeated through its first five games, posting wins over Sienna, Drexel, Marshall, Providence and Central Connecticut State. The Nittany Lions boast four double digit scorers in Amari Carter (15.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Jaida Travascio-Green (14.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Kamaria McDaniel (11.0 ppg, 12-22 three-pointers) and Siyeh Frazier (10.8 ppg, 4.0 spg).
Tech (3-1) counters with a balanced offensive attack led by Kierra Anthony (13.8 ppg), Alexus Malone (12.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Taylor Stahly (11.0 ppg, 10-26 three-pointers). Despite the loss at Auburn, the Lady Techsters still rank among the C-USA leaders in numerous defensive categories as well as rebounding (+13.0 rpg).
The Lady Techsters match-up against Niagara (0-4) will be the first meeting ever between the two programs.
Both contests can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM as well as through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app. Fans can also watch the games streamed at https://livestream.com/accounts/13124053/events/7939653
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