@LATechWBB Travels to Little Rock for Tough Non-Conference Contest
Dec. 6, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Louisiana Tech won’t enter an opponent-friendly environment Thursday night when the Lady Techsters travel to face Little Rock at the Jack Stephens Center.
Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM, KTKC 92.7 FM and KJVC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m.
Head coach Brooke Stoehr and Co. will look to snap a three-game losing streak. After recording one of the program’s biggest wins in some time with a 71-59 victory over Penn State on Nov. 24, the Lady Techsters (4-4) have lost to Niagara, No. 2 Texas and Clemson. And the one common denominator in all three losses has been turnovers as Tech has averaged 23 turnovers per contest in those games.
“Until we decide to value the basketball on every possession, we are going to struggle offensively,” said Stoehr. “We practice it every day. We start with the fundamentals of footwork, passing, catching and staying in a stance. As good as we have been in the half court defensively, it’s next to impossible to defend live ball turnovers that lead to uncontested layups. All I know to do is continue to work on it and continue to get better.
"The Jack Stephens Center is a tough place to play. They have only lost like 30 games since it opened and we will face another challenge. It's a great opportunity for us to show that we can handle a tough road atmosphere."
Despite giving up an abundance of points off of turnovers, the Lady Techsters are still one of the leaders in Conference USA in a number of defensive categories. It’s a sign that if LA Tech can improve on its ball security, this year’s team could be very good defensively come league play in early January.
Little Rock (3-4) is a team that is known for its defense. And don’t let the Trojans sub-500 record fool anyone as head coach Joe Foley’s bunch is 3-1 at home, including a 68-56 win over Big 12 foe Oklahoma this year.
“His teams are always very well coached,” said Stoehr, who served as an assistant under Foley in Little Rock during the early years of her coaching career. “They are going to have us scouted very well. They will try to pick on certain players based on those scouting reports. This is going to be another game where we have to be able to handle defensive pressure. It’s a chance to improve.”
Ronjanae DeGray (11.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Kyra Collier (10.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg) are the lone double digit scorers for Little Rock although the Trojans possess a balanced offensive attack that features five other players averaging between six and eight points per contest.
Little Rock has been very good this year taking care of the basketball, recording 98 assists to only 90 turnovers in its seven games. The Trojans are forcing more than 17 turnovers a game by opponents.
Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series against Little Rock 8-3, although the Lady Techsters are only 2-3 on the road and have lost the last three games at the Jack Stephens Center.
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