LA Tech, LSU Square Off in Battle of Bayou
Dec. 15, 2012
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Tech and LSU meet for the 28th time in women's basketball when the Lady Techsters face the Lady Tigers Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The contest will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and will be aired live on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show set for 1:30 p.m.
The two most storied women's basketball program's in the Bayou State clash in a series that LA Tech leads 14-13, although the LSU has won seven straight meetings including last year's 66-55 decision in Ruston.
Tech (4-5) enters the PMAC on a modest two-game winning streak after a pair of two-point victories over McNeese State and Oral Roberts this week. All four of the Lady Techsters wins this year have come by three-points or less, including a three-point win over SEC foe Ole Miss.
LSU is the fifth SEC team that Tech has faced this season with losses coming to Texas A&M, South Carolina and Mississippi State and the win over the Rebels.
Kelia Shelton and Brittany Lewis lead LA Tech in scoring averaging 12.8 points and 11.7 points respectively while sophomore Whitney Frazier boasts an 8.9 scoring clip. However, Frazier has been this week's hero for LA Tech as she hit the game-winning free throws with 39 seconds to play against McNeese State and completed a conventional three-point play with 11.9 seconds to play to beat Oral Roberts.
As a team, Tech is averaging 53.2 points per game while shooting 36 percent from the field, 20 percent from the three-point line and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Techsters have been plagued by turnovers this season but recorded a season-low 10 in the win over Oral Roberts.
LSU (5-3) has won four of its last five games entering Sunday with the lone loss being a 66-64 overtime setback against Tulane, a team that defeated LA Tech 66-59 earlier this season. Coach Nikki Caldwell and the Lady Tigers are led by Theresa Plaisance (18.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Adrienne Webb (13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Danielle Ballard (12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg).
The 6-foot-5-inch Plaisance leads the SEC and ranks 12th nationally in blocked shots, averaging 3.5 per game.
The Lady Tigers have defeated Wichita State, No. 12 West Virginia, Florida International, North Carolina State and East Tennessee State this season with their losses coming to Hampton, Georgetown and Tulane.
As a team, LSU is averaging 70.9 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field, 27 percent from the three-point line and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Tigers have also had turnover issues averaging almost 20 per game.
Fans can also access a live audio feed of the LA Tech Sports Network by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com. Twitter updates can also be received by following @LATechWBB.
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