Nov. 30, 2013
THIBODAUX, La. - Louisiana Tech will try to make it two in a row over in-state foes when the Lady Techsters travel south to face Nicholls State Monday at 6 p.m. at Stopher Gym.
The Lady Techsters (1-4) defeated New Orleans 69-39 Friday night in Ruston to pick up their first victory of the season. After falling in its first four games, Tech held the Privateers to only 24 percent shooting and 39 points while pulling away for the win.
Freshman guard JaQuan Jackson led Tech in the win with a game-high 20 points, marking the second straight game in which she has eclipsed the 20-point plateau. Jackson is the first LA Tech true freshman to record back-to-back 20-plus point performances in more than 20 years.
The Killeen, Texas native enters Monday's game averaging 15.8 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 11-of-30 from the three-point line. She has scored in double figures in four of her first five collegiate games.
Junior Whitney Frazier continues to lead Tech in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg) as the El Dorado, Arkansas native is shooting 52 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free throw line. After opening the season with only seven points in a loss to South Carolina, Frazier has scored at least 15 points in each of the last four games.
Nicholls State (3-3) lost its last two games over the Thanksgiving break, falling to UC Riverside (74-64) and Georgetown (67-55) at the Great Alaskan Shootout. The Colonels have posted wins over SUNO, South Alabama and Texas Southern while their third loss came to Top 10 Baylor.
Guards Emani White and KK Babin lead Nicholls State. White is averaging 22.7 points per game and is a three-point threat, having connected on 18 of 50 shots from beyond the arc in the first six games of the year. White has also gotten to the free throw line on a consistent basis, hitting 36-of-42 on the year.
As a team Nicholls State has hit 52 three-pointers in six games (8.7 per contest). However, defensively, the Colonels have struggled allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field while also being outrebounded by nine boards per contest.
Tech leads the all-time series against Nicholls State 15-0, including a 90-50 win over the Colonels in Thibodaux the last time the two programs met during the 2009-10 season.
The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 5:30 p.m.