LA Tech Hosts New Orleans Friday

Nov. 27, 2013

Game Day Central

RUSTON -- Both Louisiana Tech and New Orleans will be looking for their first win of the young season Friday night when the Lady Techsters host the Privateers at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

Tech (0-4, 0-0 C-USA) is coming off a loss to Arkansas State on Monday night while UNO (0-4, 0-0 Southland) fell 54-51 to Jacksonville State Saturday in its last outing. Tech's four losses have come against No. 21 South Carolina, Virginia, No. 15 LSU and Arkansas State, who have combined to post an 18-4 record this year.

LA Tech has dominated the series over the years with the Lady Techsters holding a 39-2 advantage against New Orleans, although the two programs have not met since the 2000-01 campaign.

Although the Lady Techsters have struggled defensively early in the year, LA Tech does boast four double digit scorers in junior Whitney Frazier (16.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), freshman JaQuan Jackson (14.8 ppg), junior Chrisstasia Walter (13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and sophomore Lulu Perry (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg).

Frazier (25 vs. LSU), Jackson (23 vs. Arkansas State) and Perry (22 vs. Virginia) have all eclipsed the 20-point plateau through the first four games.

As a team Tech is shooting only 36 percent from the field, but has improved drastically at the free throw line where it is shooting 71 percent for the season and 77 percent over its last three games. Tech shot only 64 percent from the charity stripe last year.

The biggest area that head coach Teresa Weatherspoon's team can improve is on the defensive end of the floor where the Lady Techsters are surrendering 83.8 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot 49 percent from the field.

 

 

New Orleans, which is now a member of the Southland Conference, lost to Tulane (81-46), Grambling State (76-52), Mississippi State (111-38) and Jacksonville State so far this year. The Privateers starting lineup consists of three sophomores and two freshmen as third-year head coach Keeshawn Davenport tries to rebuild a program that suffered after the school announced its intentions in 2009 to drop down to Division III status.

However, the University changed its mind in 2012 and joined the Southland Conference starting this year.

Danielle Davis leads UNO averaging 8.8 points per game while Yasmin Taylor scored eight points and grabbed 14 rebounds in her first action of the year against Jacksonville State. As a team, UNO is averaging only 46.8 points per game while allowing 80.5.

To purchase season or single game tickets, fans can call 318-257-3631 or email techtickets@latech.edu.

The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 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.

In-game Twitter updates can be followed at @LATechWBB and fans can follow Lady Techster basketball on Facebook by LIKING Facebook.com/LATechWBB.

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