Dec. 3, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - Louisiana Tech had little time to relive the mistakes made in its heartbreaking 80-78 loss at Nicholls State Monday night.
That might be a good thing.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters return to action Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. when they face Ole Miss at Tad Smith Coliseum.
It's a relatively quick turnaround for a team that bused from Thibodaux to Oxford following Monday night's game and that didn't arrive at its hotel until 3:30 a.m.
"We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves," Weatherspoon said. "It was a tough night. It was a tough loss, and it was a tough trip to Oxford. However, we have put all of that behind us, and we are focused on (Ole Miss). They are playing good basketball, and it will be another challenge for us."
Weatherspoon and Co. must shake off the side effects from losing a 10-point halftime against the Colonels and watching Nicholls State pull out the two-point victory.
"I hurt for these kids," Weatherspoon said. "They played so hard, but our own mistakes cost us the win. We have to learn from this. We have to learn to do all the little things correctly for 40 minutes. We made some strides, but we continue to make mistakes in critical times that cost us."
Lost in the setback against the Colonels was the incredible individual performance by junior guard Chrisstasia Walter. The Texarkana, Ark. native recorded career-highs in points (18), assists (9) and steals (8) while also pulling down six rebounds in 39 minutes. The eight steals tied for the eighth most in LA Tech history.
Walter (14.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 4.5 spg) joins three other Lady Techsters in double figures, including Whitney Frazier (17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg), JaQuan Jackson (14.2 ppg) and Lulu Perry (10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Perry came out of a scoring slump against Nicholls State, scoring 15 points with 13 of those coming in the second half.
Guard Valencia McFarland (15.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 2.4 spg) leads Ole Miss while Tia Faleru (15.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg) and Diara Moore (10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg) are also averaging in double figures.
Tech leads the all-time series against Ole Miss 6-1, including a 57-54 victory in Ruston last year.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 10:30 a.m.