Updated Dec 9, 2005 16:56:16
Lincoln Parish Battle Set for TAC
RUSTON ? Louisiana Tech and Grambling State will meet for the first time ever in women?s basketball Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Head coach Chris Long?s Lady Techsters (3-2) enter the game after a six-day, three-game road trip that saw Tech capture the championship title of the Gene Hackerman Invitational hosted by Rice before falling at Kansas State.
Long knows that Saturday night?s game will be a challenge for a number of reasons.
?Grambling is a very athletic basketball team that likes to mix up their defenses,? Long said. ?We have to handle the basketball. We need to be aggressive offensively and attack whatever they throw at us.
?For us to be successful, we have to play with energy, enthusiasm and intensity every night we step on the floor. This game will be no different.?
Through five games, the over-riding factor in Tech?s wins and losses has been its ability to shoot the basketball. In the three Lady Techster wins, Tech has made 41 percent of its field goals while in the two losses, only 28 percent.
?Hopefully we will begin to shoot the ball more consistently,? Long said. ?We are getting good looks at the basket, and I feel confident our shots will begin to fall.?
Tech senior guard Tasha Williams (15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 4.2 spg) leads Tech offensively but struggled from the field in the loss to Kansas State hitting only 2-of-11 field goals. Senior Aarica Ray-Boyd (11.6 ppg, 15-35 three-pointers) was one of the lone bright spots in the loss to the Wildcats, hitting a career-high five three pointers.
Grambling State (3-1) is led by Oregon State transfer Juleen Smith, who is averaging almost 22 points per game for the Tigers.
?Juleen Smith is a great player, and we have to know where she is on the floor at all times,? Long said. ?I?m also impressed with their post players who have good hands. They are a well-rounded team.?
Grambling has three players averaging in double figures. In addition to Smith?s numbers, junior forward Dominque Head and junior guard Sanora Cole are both scoring 14.8 points per contest.
Head coach Rusty Ponton?s Tigers lone loss of the year came against Arkansas.
Saturday night?s contest can be heard on KNBB-FM 99.3 with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m.
Promotions Set for Tech/Grambling State Game
Despite the fact the two schools are located only four miles apart, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State have never met in women?s basketball.
That will all change Saturday night when the Lady Techsters (3-2) and Lady Tigers (3-1) meet at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
In conjunction with the contest, Louisiana Tech has set Autograph Night for the game as the first 500 fans through the Thomas Assembly Center doors will receive a free 2005-06 Lady Techster schedule poster.
Following the game, the Lady Techster players will remain courtside to sign autographs and talk to fans.
In addition to free schedule posters, free beanie babies will be given away to every child that comes through the Thomas Assembly Center doors as part of Louisiana Tech?s Saturday promotion of Family Night.