Techsters Open Fun and Sun Classic with Georgia
Dec. 28, 2010
MIAMI - Two of the most storied programs in women's basketball will meet Wednesday night in the first round of the 2010 Fun and Sun Classic hosted by Florida International as Louisiana Tech faces Georgia at approximately 7 p.m. CST at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.
The winner will meet the winner of the day's first game between the host Panthers and Marquette while the two losers will square off in the consolation game on Thursday.
Louisiana Tech and Georgia rank among the top three all-time in NCAA Tournament appearances and weeks ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
However, not only will the meeting be only the seventh ever between the two programs on the hardwood, but it will be the first since 1995-96 when the fifth-ranked Lady Techsters defeated the fourth-ranked Bulldogs 71-69 in the first round of the UNLV Shootout in Las Vegas. LA Tech leads the all-time series 5-1.
Although neither team is currently ranked in the Top 25 poll entering this week's matchup, both programs boast winning records as the Lady Techsters are 6-4 while the Bulldogs are 9-2.
Both teams are approaching milestones as LA Tech enters the tournament only 18 wins shy of becoming only the second program in the history of women's basketball to reach 1,000 victories (Tennessee). Georgia is currently only four wins away from reaching the 800 win plateau.
The Lady Techsters have won four of their last five games, although they dropped their final pre-Christmas contest at LSU by a score of 68-53.
LA Tech has already faced two Southeastern Conference foes this year, defeating Mississippi State 69-61 in Starkville and falling to the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
Senior forward Adrienne Johnson (19.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and senior guard Whitney Jones (11.2 ppg, 16 three-pointers) lead the Lady Techsters offensively while Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey (8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Jasmine Bendolph (7.5 ppg) and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson (7.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg) have also been contributing on the offensive end of the floor.
Georgia boasts a size-advantage as the Bulldogs start four players listed at 6-foot-1 or taller, including senior forward Porsha Phillips, who is averaging 12.5 points and 11.4 rebounds. Jasmine James (12.1 ppg) and Jasmine Hassell (11.5 ppg) are also scoring in double figures while guard/forward Anne Marie Armstrong (7.9 ppg) hit the game-winning shot at TCU in the Bulldogs last outing.
Head coach Andy Landers team ranks among the nation's best on the boards, outrebounding their opponents by 13.7 rebounds per contest.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with the pregame show scheduled to start at approximately 6:30 p.m.
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