Dogs, Techsters close out non-conference slate

Both the Bulldogs and the Lady Techsters will close out the non-conference portion of their schedules today.

Head coach Eric Konkol and the Bulldogs host Crowley Ridge at 4 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center while head coach Brooke Stoehr and the Lady Techsters travel to McNeese to tip at 6:30 p.m.

Bulldogs vs. Crowley Ridge

Louisiana Tech wraps up non-conference today with a matchup versus Crowley’s Ridge College at 4 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

The contest can be heard on 107.5 FM with the pregame show slated for 3:30 p.m.

LA Tech (8-3) had its four-game winning streak snapped this past Saturday in Bossier City with a 66-57 loss to No. 19-ranked LSU.  The game was tied up at 57-57 with less than three minutes to play, but the Tigers finished on a 9-0 run to take the neutral site contest.

It was arguably the Bulldogs best defensive game of the season, holding the Tigers to a season-low 66 points on just 39 percent shooting.  LA Tech had as much as a 13-point lead in the first half, the second largest deficit LSU has faced this season.

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. tallied 13 points and seven rebounds while Amorie Archibald also had 13 points to go along with a season-high six rebounds and five assists.  Lofton, Jr. (18.5 ppg) and Archibald (13.0 ppg) continue to pace the team offensively. 

Crowley’s Ridge (1-13) has found the win column only once this season, defeating Pensacola Christian by a score of 95-91 over a week ago.  Five of their losses have been by single digits, including a 73-70 loss to Lyon this past Monday.

The Pioneers, an NAIA program competing in the Continental Athletic Conference, are averaging 71.6 points per game.  They get to the free throw line a lot, averaging 21.8 attempts at the charity stripe per contest.

Forward Braxton Cousins is the anchor of the team, averaging 21.4 points per game while shooting 62.9 percent from the field.  He has seven games this season with at least 20 points, including a career-high 44 in their lone victory.  He also averages 6.4 rebounds per contest.

This will be the first ever meeting between LA Tech and Crowley’s Ridge.  The Pioneers are the third opponent of the Bulldogs this season with no previous meetings (Jarvis Christian and Santa Clara).

Lady Techsters at McNeese State

The Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team wraps-up the non-conference portion of the schedule tonight when they travel south to face McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. inside the Burton Coliseum.

The contest can be heard on 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m.

The Lady Techsters (7-3) team enters their final non-conference game of the season sporting a 7-3 record. Tech had their three-game winning streak snapped this past Sunday with a 69-57 loss at UL-Lafayette.

The Lady Techsters are led offensively by junior Keiunna Walker (16.7 ppg). Walker has been a dynamic scorer all year, ranking sixth in scoring and ninth in field goal percentage in Conference USA. Walker also brings a wealth of energy on the defensive end of the floor. She leads the team with 22 steals while drawing a team-high 12 charges.

Anna Larr Roberson had been a force on the defensive end of the floor for Tech, ranking second in rebounds (9.6 rpg), fourth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg), while contributing on the offensive end of the floor with 12.6 points per game.

Defensively, Tech ranks as one of the best defense teams in C-USA. The Lady Techsters rank first in blocked shots (4.3 bpg), third in points allowed (55.2 papg), third in steals (10.7) and sixth in opponent field goal percentage (37.9 %) in C-USA.

McNeese State enters Wednesday’s contest with a 4-7 overall record, after snapping a five-game losing streak with an 81-54 win over ULM last Saturday in Monroe. The Cowgirls have played a tough non-conference schedule, losing contest at Mississippi State, California and Oregon.

McNeese State is led offensively by junior Desirae Hansen with 11.1 points per game. Sophomore Zuzanna Kulinska and freshman Kalil Chamberlin follow closely behind scoring 9.3 and 9.1 points per game respectfully. Junior Divine Tanks has controlled the boards this season, averaging 7.5 rebounds per contest.

As a team, McNeese State ranks fifth national in offensive rebounding, averaging 17.3 rebounds per game. Despite the large amount of offensive boards, the Cowgirls only average 69.4 points per contest. On the other end, McNeese state ranks 335th out of 348 team in Division I in scoring defense, allowing 77.5 points per contest.

Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series against McNeese State, 23-7, in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season. The Lady Techsters and the Cowgirls met in the season opener last season with Tech claiming the victory 90-45 inside the Thomas Assembly Center. The Lady Techsters are a 15-1 in Ruston, while posting a 6-4 record in Lake Charles.

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