Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications
HUNTINGTON, W.V. — On the road for the holiday once again.
For the second straight year, Louisiana Tech will celebrate the New Year on the road as the Lady Techsters open up Conference USA action tonight at Marshall.
Tipoff from the Cam Henderson Center is at 5 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN+. Fans can also hear the broadcast on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 4:30 p.m. The broadcast can also be accessed through the LA Tech Athletics app.
The Lady Techsters (8-3) have won four of their last five games, entering the contest with an 8-3 overall record. Tech has picked up win over the likes of McNeese State, Sam Houston and Boise State, but have suffered hard fought losses to undefeated Colorado, one-loss Ole Miss and UL-Lafayette.
The Lady Techsters are led offensively by junior Keiunna Walker (16.3 ppg). Walker has filled the stat sheet all year, ranking sixth in scoring and eighth in field goal percentage (39.6 %) in Conference USA.
Sophomore Anna Larr Roberson has 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 (4.45 bpg), third in points allowed (55.4 papg), third in steals (10.3) and sixth in opponent field goal percentage (37.2 %) in C-USA.
Marshall (5-4) has wins over Radford, Morehead State and Oakland. The Thundering Herd have challenged themselves with tough road losses at Purdue and (RV) Michigan State.
The Thundering Herd is led by the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week, sophomore Savannah Wheeler. The Preseason All-Conference selection is averaging a league best 20.1 points per game after dropping 40 points in their win against Oakland on Dec. 20.
Graduate Student Kennedi Colclough is the only other Marshall player averaging in double-figures, while senior Brianah Freby and freshman CC Mays are each contributing 8.0 points per game. Junior Lorelei Roper leads the Thundering Herd with 7.0 rebounds per game.
Marshall averages 73.2 points per contest and yields just 62.6 points per game. The Thundering Herd shoots 41.1 percent from the field, including 28.5 percent from three and 74.4 percent from the free throw line.
Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series against Marshall 6-4 in a series that has been mostly played in Huntington. Following Thursday’s game eight of the 11 meetings between the two programs will have been played inside the Cam Henderson Center.
The two teams met three times last season with the Lady Techsters claiming two victories over the Thundering Herd. Tech defeated Marshall 61-51 in overtime while the Thundering Herd won the next night 61-57 to open conference play last season. The Lady Techsters won the last meeting between the two schools 50-48 in the first round of the C-USA Tournament last season.
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