Dec. 21, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will play a rare Sunday matinee when the Lady Techsters host Alabama A&M at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center as part of "Christmas at the TAC."
As part of the holiday promotions surrounding the afternoon tipoff, Santa Claus will be in attendance as Tech fans of all ages can take their picture with jolly ole Saint Nick prior to the game as well as during the first half.
Tech will also be hosting a toy drive for Toys for Tots as fans are encouraged to bring a new toy and drop it off at the entrance of the Thomas Assembly Center. Following the contest all youngsters in grades eight and below are invited to participate in a basketball clinic on the Assembly Center court with the Lady Techster players and coaches.
The first 500 fans through the TAC doors will also receive a free Lady Techster bumper sticker.
On the floor the Lady Techsters (4-7) look to win their fifth straight home game as Tech is coming off a 50-39 win over UALR Friday night. During the four-game home winning streak, the Lady Techsters defense has been the difference holding its opponents to 27 percent shooting and only 40.5 points per game.
Tech has held each of its last four opponents at home (New Orleans, UL-Lafayette, Northwestern State and UALR) to less than 50 points, marking the first time since 1988-89 that a Lady Techster team has accomplished the feat. No Louisiana Tech team has ever held its opponent to less than 50 points in five straight home games.
Offensively, juniors Whitney Frazier and Chrisstasia Walter combined to score 35 points in Tech's 50-39 win over UALR Friday. Frazier recorded her fourth straight game of double digit rebounds, marking the first Techster to accomplish this since Shantale Bramble-Donaldson (2011-12).
Alabama A&M (2-6) has won two straight games coming into Sunday's contest, posting victories over Murray State (69-62) and South Carolina State (81-78).
The Lady Bulldogs are led by the sister combination of Brittney and Alyssa Strickland, who are averaging 15.1 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Jasmine Sanders is also averaging double digits at 10.5 points per game.
This marks the first time that LA Tech and Alabama A&M have met in women's basketball.
The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:30 p.m. Fans can also access audio and video online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
In-game Twitter updates can be followed at @LATechWBB and fans can follow Lady Techster basketball on Facebook by LIKING Facebook.com/LATechWBB.