Nov. 24, 2013
RUSTON - Despite starting the season with three straight losses, Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon still has high expectations for her Lady Techster team.
Weatherspoon and Co. will be on display again Monday night when they host Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech brings a 0-3 record into the game against a Red Wolves team that is 3-1. The Lady Techsters opened the season against No. 21 South Carolina, Virginia and No.15 LSU - the first time in the 40-year history of LA Tech that is started with three straight games against programs from the "big six" conferences.
"No one is happy that we are 0-3 right now," Weatherspoon said. "The players aren't. My coaching staff isn't. I'm not. We are not satisfied to play Top 25 teams respectable. We put that uniform on expecting to win. We simply haven't done enough to win.
"However, I am excited at the potential I've seen in all three games. We've done a lot of thing well in spurts. To be the team we think we can be, we have to do it for 40 minutes each night. That is our goal each time we step on the court - in practice and in games."
Tech lost by 23 at South Carolina in a game that the Lady Techsters played short-handed due to academic issues. It then lost by 13 at Virginia and 12 against LSU. Those three teams are a combined 13-2 early in the year.
If nothing else, Weatherspoon has tested her team as they prepare for their inaugural season in Conference USA.
"We knew our non-conference schedule would be a challenge," Weatherspoon said. "At times we have executed; at times we haven't. However, I think our kids have competed for every minute that we have played. You don't outrebound LSU by 10 without competing. We simply have to get more consistent in some areas."
Although Arkansas State is not ranked nor is a member of one of the BCS-type conferences, head coach Brian Boyer's Red Wolves will be another formidable opponent for Tech. Arkansas State has already posted double digit wins over Missouri State, Austin Peay and Kent State while its one setback came against Tennessee-Martin.
The Lady Techsters also boast four players averaging in double figures paced by junior forward Whitney Frazier (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Frazier, who is coming off a 25-point performance in the loss to LSU, also recorded a double double with 17 points and 10 boards at Virginia.
Tech leads the all-time series against Arkansas State 36-2, including 28 straight victories.
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The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Fans can also access audio and video online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
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