Dec. 5, 2013
RUSTON - During a 14-year stretch during the late 1980s and the entire decade of the '90s, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette were conference foes as members of the American South (1987-91) and Sun Belt (1991-2001) as the Lady Techsters and Ragin' Cajuns played on a yearly basis.
However, the two universities went their separate ways in 2001 when Louisiana Tech made the all-sports move to the Western Athletic Conference and following one non-conference meeting the following season, the women's basketball series ended.
After a 10-year hiatus on the hardwood, Louisiana Tech and UL-Lafayette will meet for the 39th time Saturday when the Ragin' Cajuns (4-3) venture to Ruston for a 5 p.m. tip-off at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game will be the first of a women's-men's doubleheader as the Bulldogs will host Southern in a game that will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.
Tech (1-6) leads the all-time series with UL-Lafayette 38-0, including a 19-0 mark in games played in Ruston. The Lady Techsters hope to make it 39 in a row Saturday as they look for their second victory of the season.
Offensively, the Lady Techsters have shown plenty of promise despite the tough start as Tech is the only Conference USA program to have at least four players ranked in the Top 30 in scoring.
Junior Whitney Frazier leads the team, averaging 18.0 points per game while shooting 55 percent from the field, 5-of-10 from the three-point line and 79 percent from the free throw line. The El Dorado, Arkansas native has scored 15 or more points in six straight games, including 24 points in Tech's 79-68 loss at Ole Miss Wednesday.
In addition to Frazier's production, freshman JaQuan Jackson (14.7 ppg), junior Chrisstasia Walter (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.9 apg, 4.0 spg) and sophomore Lulu Perry (10.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg) are also averaging in double figures.
Walter is the only Conference USA player to average 10 or more points, five or more rebounds and assists and four or more steals. She ranks No. 1 in C-USA in steals, No. 22 in scoring, and No. 3 in assists.
UL-Lafayette enters the game on the heels of a 78-51 loss at Mississippi State Wednesday. The Ragin' Cajuns have posted wins over Nebraska-Omaha, SUNO, Jackson State and Xavier (La.) while their other two losses have come against Sam Houston State and Lamar.
Sophomore guard Keke Veal leads the Ragin' Cajuns, averaging 13.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.0 assists per game. Sylvana Okde (9.9 ppg) and Ashley Benjamin (9.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) are the other two most productive offensive threats for ULL.
Free Johnny's Pizza, courtesy of Campus Evolution Villages, will be given to the first 200 students in attendance. Students will also have a chance to enter a year-long raffle.
Player posters will also be given away to the first 250 fans through the Thomas Assembly Center doors.
The Tech Ticket Office is offering a Louisiana Lagniappe Pack, which includes two women's games versus in-state opponents for just $10. The two Techster games included in the Louisiana Lagniappe Pack are UL-Lafayette (Dec. 7) and Northwestern State (Dec. 11). The Louisiana Lagniappe Pack is pre-sale only.
Fans who wish to purchase the pack can do so by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tech Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 4:30 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.