Dec. 10, 2013
RUSTON - Legendary Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame coach Leon Barmore boasts quite the coaching tree as many of his former players are following in his footsteps in the collegiate coaching ranks.
On Wednesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center, two former LA Tech stars will meet as Teresa Weatherspoon's Lady Techsters and Brooke (Lassiter) Stoehr's Northwestern State Demons tip off at 6 p.m.
The game will be the first of a basketball doubleheader at the TAC as Mike White's Bulldogs face Mike McConathy's Northwestern State Demons in a game that will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's contest.
Brooke enters her second season as co-head coach at Northwestern State, along with her husband Scott, who also spent time as an assistant on the LA Tech staff during his career. As a player from 1998-2002, Brooke helped lead the Lady Techsters to four league titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Final Four.
"It's going to be special to have Brooke back home," Weatherspoon said. "This is home no matter where you have gone. It will be good to have her back home where she played and performed. We want to have a great Lady Techester welcome for her. Anytime you are a Lady Techster, you are a Lady Techster for life."
The Stoehr's took over a program that won six games the year preceding their arrival in Natchitoches and promptly doubled that win total last year. Northwestern State is 4-3 this season.
"They are very consistent team," Weatherspoon said. "They have great team chemistry. They read each other well. Offensively they are very good and very consistent in their movement; they know who to get the ball too. Their point guard (Janelle Perez) is amazing. She makes sure their offense and defense runs smoothly.
"We will have to be smart defensively. They know how to score. They know where they want the ball. We will have to work for 40 minutes keeping them out of their comfort zone."
Weatherspoon and Co. hope to make it two in a row over in-state foes. The Lady Techsters are coming off a 51-44 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday in a game that saw Tech hold the Ragin' Cajuns to a season low in points.
Tech (2-6) counters with junior Whitney Frazier (17.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg), two-time Conference USA Freshman of the Week JaQuan Jackson (14.3 ppg), junior Chrisstasia Walter (12.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.5 apg) and sophomore Lulu Perry (9.9 ppg). Frazier has scored in double figures in seven straight games for Tech, including her 10-point, 13-rebound performance against UL-Lafayette.
Tech leads the all-time series against Northwestern State 21-6 although the two programs haven't met since 2007-08.
It will also be Retro Night at the Thomas Assembly Center as the Lady Techsters will be wearing throwback uniforms. 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.
The match-up versus the Demons will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM. Fans can also access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechWBB.