@LATechWBB Hosts McNeese State Monday at TAC
Dec. 17, 2017
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech will return to the hardwood for the first time in a week when the Lady Techsters host McNeese State Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
It’s “Christmas at the TAC” as promotions include a halftime Teddy Bear Toss, a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest, a holiday-themed photo booth and the LA Tech Band of Pride caroling at the half.
Fans can tune into the contest on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM, KJVC 92.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Fans can also access a free audio stream though the Louisiana Tech X mobile app while watching a live video stream through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.
The Lady Techsters (6-4) have won back-to-back games after a three-game losing streak, including wins over Little Rock (58-49) and ULM (71-49). This marks just the second contest of a six-game homestand for LA Tech which won’t return to the road until Jan. 11 when the Techsters travel to Southern Miss.
Head coach Brooke Stoehr’s team has been playing stellar defense inside the confines of the Thomas Assembly Center. Going back to last season, LA Tech has held seven straight opponents to 55 points or less, the longest such streak since the 2001-02 season.
Alexus Malone (12.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 53 percent FG%), Kierra Anthony (12.4 ppg, 2.3 spg) and Taylor Stahly (9.4 ppg, 24-55 3-pointers) are Tech’s top three offensive threats through the first 10 games of the season. However, Stoehr has seen four other players on the roster score in double digits in at least one game this season.
McNeese State (4-5) is coming off a 95-34 loss at Baylor earlier in the week. The Cowgirls only Division I win this season is a four-point victory over ULM (65-61) while their losses have come to Texas (100-34), Grambling (75-60), Tulane (70-66), UL-Lafayette (98-86, 3OT) and Baylor.
Keara Hudnall (12.3 ppg, 3.4 apg) and Dede Sheppard (10.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg) lead the Cowgirls offensively although McNeese State is shooting only 35 percent from the field as a team for the year.
The Lady Techsters are also approaching a program milestone, currently sitting at 1097 wins which still ranks No. 2 all-time in the history of women’s basketball. LA Tech could reach the 1,100-win mark during this six game homestand.
Tech leads the all-time series against McNeese State 19-7, including a 12-1 mark in games in Ruston. However, the Cowgirls defeated LA Tech 74-71 at the Thomas Assembly Center two years ago. Tech won last year’s meeting in Lake Charles 66-56 behind 20 points from junior Reauna Cleaver.
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