Techsters Travel to Mississippi State for Wednesday Night Tilt



Nov. 30, 2010

GameDay Central

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Two NCAA participants from a year ago will square off Wednesday night when Louisiana Tech travels to face Mississippi State at the Humphrey Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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 forward Adrienne Johnson continues her assault on the Lady Techster record books, averaging 23.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest. Already in this young season, Johnson became the first player in program history to open the season with four straight games of 20 or more points.

Johnson's current scoring average of 23.8 points per game is also on pace to be the third highest single season scoring average in program history behind only Sheila Ethridge (25.2 ppg in 1990-91) and Venus Lacy (24.2 ppg in 1989-90).

However, in order for the Lady Techsters to snap their three-game losing streak, head coach Teresa Weatherspoon will need offensive production from more sources than just Johnson.

As a team Tech is shooting just 36 percent from the field in the last three games. Take Johnson's 52 percent (28-54) out of the equation during the same stretch, and the Lady Techsters are hitting only 29 percent from the field.

However, the good news for LA Tech is that its trio of starting guards all have a previous history of putting up big numbers as Whitney Jones (9.8 ppg, 30% FG), Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey (8.0 ppg, 37% FG) and Jasmine Bendolph (7.0 ppg, 27% FG) have all recorded games of 25 points or more in their college careers.



Mississippi State (3-1) lost almost its entire roster from last year's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs return only one starter and three letter winners from that squad but have opened the season by winning three of their first four games thanks to a defense that is allowing only 47 points per game.

Senior guard Mary Katherine Govero leads MSU averaging 18.8 points per game while Diamber Johnson (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Ashley Brown (10.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg) are also scoring in double figures on a nightly basis.

The Lady Bulldogs are limiting their opponents to only 29 percent shooting thus far this year.

The two programs have met 10 previous times with each recording five victories in the series. Mississippi State has won three straight, including last year's 72-68 victory in Ruston.