Tech hoop teams play Rice

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Bulldogs Host Owls

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech looks to get back into the win column on Thursday night when they play host to Rice at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM and on the LA Tech Athletics app. It will be streamed on ESPN+.

LA Tech (15-4, 6-1) had its 18-game home winning streak and its seven-game overall winning streak snapped this past Saturday in an 83-76 loss to UAB. 

Amorie Archibald, playing in his program record 141st career game as a Bulldog, had a standout shooting performance, scoring a team-high 27 points while going 7-of-10 from downtown.  For the season, he is averaging 14.1 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 41 percent from long range.

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. registered his 10th double-double in the loss with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  He is tied for eighth in the country in most double-doubles.  It was also his eighth career 20-10 game and his 10th career 20-point scoring effort.  He currently anchors the team in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (10.6). 

LA Tech is tied with UAB and North Texas atop the West Division standings.  In league play only, the Bulldogs rank in the top three in the conference in scoring offense (75.4) and scoring defense (63.7).

Rice (11-7, 4-3) enters the week in fourth in the West Division.  After opening up conference with a loss at North Texas, they have reeled off four victories over Middle Tennessee, UAB, Marshall and Old Dominion.  They did suffer a setback in their last outing, falling 67-64 at home to Charlotte.

The Owls are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country.  Their 39.1 percent shooting from deep ranks first in C-USA and eighth in the country.  They average 10.1 made threes per game, having made 10+ triples in 11 contests this season.

A two-headed scoring monster in Carl Pierre and Travis Evee has led them.  They are each averaging 15 points per game and have combined to make 110 three-pointers this season.

LA Tech leads the all-time series with Rice, 18-7, having won three straight.  Since becoming C-USA opponents, the Bulldogs have won 11 of the 13 matchups, including sweeping both games in Ruston last season by scores of 101-57 and 79-58.  The ‘Dogs have won seven straight meetings over the Owls at home. 

Techsters at Rice

HOUSTON, TexasLouisiana Tech begins a two-game conference road swing through Texas tonight when they face off against the Rice Owls inside Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas at 7 p.m.

This will be the seventh contest on the road for the Lady Techsters in their last nine games.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM and on the LA Tech Athletics app. It will be streamed on CUSA.tv.

Louisiana Tech (10-7, 2-4) comes into Thursday’s matchup having won both of their last two conference USA games after an 0-4 start beating UTSA at home (79-64) and the CUSA West division leader UAB on the road last Saturday (58-52).

Junior Keiunna Walker was recently named the LSWA State College Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season. Walker netted two game-high 20-point performances against the Roadrunners and Blazers while also pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Sophomore Anna Larr Roberson continues to contribute heavily on both ends of the floor averaging 13.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg while also registering a team-high 19 blocks this season (1.2 bpg). She has posted six double-doubles on the year and is just 16 rebounds shy of 500 for her career.

Roberson is also the C-USA leader in free-throw percentage at 85.0 percent and in the last two conference USA seasons has made 59 of her 62 attempts (95.2 percent), including a current streak of 19 in a row.

The Lady Techsters remain one of the top defensive teams in Conference USA across the board ranking in the top five in scoring defense (57.7 ppg), blocked shots (3.7 bpg), turnovers forced (19.6 tfpg) and steals (9.5 spg).

Rice (5-8, 0-5) is coming off a heartbreaking four overtime loss to Charlotte last Saturday (88-83) while playing with only eight eligible players. The Owls erased a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Five players were needed to play 40+ minutes in the first-ever 60-minute game in the program’s history.

The Owls are led by a pair of double-digit scorers in sophomore Ashlee Austin (15.7 ppg) and junior Haylee Swayze (12.1 ppg). Austin has scored in double figures in nine of their 13 games including two 30-point performances.

Louisiana Tech and Rice meet for the 30th time in women’s basketball as the Lady Techsters hold a one game advantage in the all-time series 15-14. The series dates back to the 2000-01 season.


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