Techsters, Dogs face FAU

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech will face Florida Atlantic Thursday in Conference USA action with the Lady Techsters hosting the Owls at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center while the Bulldogs are in Boca Raton for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

FAU at Lady Techsters

Louisiana Tech finally returns home to host Florida Atlantic inside the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. at 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen on CUSATV with a paid subscription and heard on 97.7 FM.

Louisiana Tech (11-8, 3-5) has played eight of their last ten games on the road including a two-game Texas road swing at Rice and North Texas this past week. The Techsters split the Texas pair falling to Rice (72-64) but bouncing back against North Texas (72-60).

LA Tech is now 7-0 on the season when scoring 70 or more points.

The win over North Texas was fueled by four Techsters in double figures in including a career-high 17 from Salma Bates, 19 from Keiunna Walker, 12 from Robyn Lee and 10 from Anna Larr Roberson.

The Techsters, winners in three of their last four games, now get to play in the friendly confines for the next four straight contests beginning this week with Florida Atlantic on Thursday and Florida International on Saturday.

Keiunna Walker continues to pace the Techsters averaging 17.4 ppg. Walker has now scored in double figures 20 straight games and is one of only three conference USA players to do so.

The Lady Techsters are one of the top defensive teams in conference USA ranking No. 3 in scoring defense (58.6 ppg), tied at No. 4 in blocked shots (3.6 bpg), and tied for No. 5 in turnovers forced (19.1 tfpg).

Florida Atlantic (5-14, 1-7) comes into Ruston after having split a pair of home games with UTEP and UTSA. The Owls knocked off UTEP (54-52) on Thursday before falling to UTSA Saturday afternoon (49-44).

FAU is averaging 61 ppg this season on 38 percent shooting, which ranks them No. 13 in C-USA, but their offense boasts a very balanced attack with four double-digit scorers led by senior Amber Gaston at 12.2 ppg.

Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic will meet for the 10th time in women’s basketball with Tech holding a 7-2 advantage. The series dates back to the 1986-87 season, however, the teams only matched up once before meeting again during the 2013-14 season.
LA Tech won the first six meetings and are 3-0 in games played in Ruston, but FAU has now won two of the last three including the last meeting during the 2019-20 season in Boca Raton (77-75).


Bulldogs at FAU

Louisiana Tech returns to the road Thursday to face Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. CT inside FAU Arena.  The Bulldogs have won five road games this season, including four straight.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM with the pregame show starting at 5:30 p.m. It can also be heard on the LA Tech Athletics app as well as seen on ESPN+.

LA Tech (16-5, 7-2) enters the weekend tied for second in the West Division standings after splitting home games against Rice (won 80-63) and North Texas (lost 63-62). 

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. anchored the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding in both games, including a 20-point, 11-rebound effort versus the Mean Green.  For the season, he is averaging a team-best 17.2 points and 10.7 boards per game.  Over the last four games, he is averaging 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.

In C-USA games only, the Bulldogs rank second fourth in scoring offense at 74.4 points per game and second in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score an average of 63.6 points per game.

Florida Atlantic (12-9, 5-3 C-USA) enters the weekend in second place in the East Division standings, having won four of its last five games including a 73-64 victory at UTSA this past Saturday.

FAU is 10-3 at home this season, having won seven straight in FAU Arena (3-0 in C-USA games).  The Owls rank first in the league in rebounding margin at +5.1, having pulled down at least 40 boards in 11 of their games.  They also rank third in the league and 48th in the country in three-pointers made per game at 9.0.

LA Tech leads the all-time series over Florida Atlantic, 8-2.  The Bulldogs have won four straight, including a 75-69 victory over the Owls in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals last season.  The series is tied 2-2 in games played in Boca Raton with all four meetings decided by single digits. 

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