Nov. 30, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech returns to the court for the first time in 11 days when the Lady Techsters host SEC foe Ole Miss Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center in its annual Pack the House promotion game.
Tech (1-3) last played on Nov. 20 when it registered a 65-63 victory over Central Arkansas in a game that saw the Lady Techsters overcome a late three-point deficit to win. Ole Miss (4-1) will be playing its first game outside of Oxford as the Rebels first five contests came at home. The Rebels will be playing for the third time in five days after defeating Mississippi Valley (62-60) and Lipscomb (68-46) in their last two outings.
The Rebels are under the direction of acting head coach Brett Frank, who spent the past nine years at Fresno State under Stacey Johnson-Klein and Adrien Wiggins.
"This is a good basketball team," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "They put the ball on the floor very well. The have that Fresno State-style of basketball with the dribble drive and kick back for the three. They get to the rim and do a good job of passing. We will have to defend. We need to value each possession."
Junior guard Diara Moore is the lone double figure scorer for the Rebels, averaging 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 37 percent from the field and 24-of-33 from the free throw line. However, Ole Miss has seven more players averaging anywhere from 5.2 points to 9.4 points per game as the Rebels have substituted freely through their first five games of the season.
Ole Miss' only loss of the season came to Lamar by a score of 85-71 while their other two victories are against Southeastern Louisiana (95-85) and Northwestern State (67-51).
Tech boasts three players in double figures as Brittany Lewis (14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Kelia Shelton (13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Lulu Perry (11.5 ppg) are the Lady Techsters leading scorers. Perry has missed the past two games with an injury and is questionable for the game.
LA Tech has won four straight in the series, including an 84-71 win over the 24th ranked Rebels in 2005-06 - the last victory by the Lady Techsters over a ranked team.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or on game day by calling 318-257-3631, emailing email@example.com or logging onto www.LATechSports. As part of the promotions surrounding the game, all fans 17 and under get into the game for free while all other tickets are only $5.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network - KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill), and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fans can also access a live video/audio stream of the games by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.
Fans can also follow in-game updates through Twitter by following @LATechWBB.
There are numerous promotions and ticket deals that will take place in conjunction with "Out with the Ole, In with the Blue", including:
Free No. 11 Teresa Weatherspoon jersey t-shirts while the last (given out starting at 6 p.m. on SW concourse of TAC)
Free 80's style sunglasses while they last
Free 80's style concert - U.S. Band (music starts at 5:30 p.m. on front steps of TAC)
Free food and cotton candy starting at 6 p.m. on concourse of TAC
Free Ruston Brick Kids Zone with bounce houses, ball toss, Rainbow the Clown, mini horses (starts at 5:30 p.m. in front of TAC)
Free petting zoo and exotic animal exhibit courtesy of Louisiana Purchase Garden's and Zoo (starts at 5:30 p.m. on concourse of TAC)
Halftime entertainment includes cash contest, "Austin the Flyin' Lion" and a Greek basketball game
Free t-shirt and mini basketball tosses will be held throughout the game Greek Night: 2 FREE roundtrip airline tickets will go to the best dressed 80's costume