Techsters vs. Cougars: Top 5 reasons to attend

Postseason basketball returns to the Thomas Assembly Center tonight when the Lady Techsters host AAC foe Houston at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Here are the Top 5 reasons to attend tonight’s game.

It’s postseason basketball, and it’s in our backyard.

Let’s admit it. As fans, we were spoiled during the 80s and 90s and even the beginning of the 2000s. 25 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. 13 Final Fours. 8 National Title Games. 3 National Titles. Year after year, Leon Barmore and the Lady Techsters competed for a national title. Let that sink in. In Ruston. And as Lincoln Parish residents, we got to the point we expected it. We EXPECTED to go to a Final Four. As the old adage, goes, sometimes we don’t appreciate something until its gone. Well postseason is back at the TAC tonight.

Anna Larr Roberson.

One of our very own is one of the big reasons the Lady Techsters are where they are … still playing in the postseason. Former Cedar Creek star Anna Larr Roberson has already etched her name in the Tech record books with a 44-point performance in a win over Rice. 44 points! The fifth most by a player in a single game in the storied history of this program. And she has two years remaining. If you haven’t seen her play, tonight is the night to do so. She has developed into the best post player in Conference USA.

Support the rebuild.

By winning the Conference USA West Division title, Brooke Stoehr has gotten the program back to relevance on the league level. The next step is to get it mentioned again on the national level. Now let’s be fair. The days of Final Fours are in the past. Did you know the last non-Power 5 to make a Final Four was Jackie Stiles and Southwest Missouri State in 2000? But it doesn’t mean Stoehr and Co. can’t return to the Big Dance and hey, maybe win a game or two.

Keiunna Walker.

If you haven’t seen this kid play, she is worth the price of admission. A young lady who had only one other Division I offer has turned into arguably the most versatile player in Conference USA. Not only does she average almost 20 points per game, but she does it while guarding the other team’s best perimeter player on a nightly basis. And she is old school. She has drawn more than 40 charges this year and more than 100 in her Tech career. Oh, and did we mention she recorded only the fourth triple double in program history earlier this year?

A good crowd could mean another home game.

If the Lady Techsters can win tonight, they could host a second round WNIT game. These decisions aren’t made until after the next match-up has been decided. The winner of this game will play the winner of Tennessee Tech at SMU (also tonight). The WNIT wants to put match-ups in arenas that draw a crowd. So a good turn out by Lincoln Parish tonight could mean another home game for the Lady Techsters if they can get past Houston tonight.

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Tickets: $15 for 100 level (adults); $10 for 200 level (adults); $8 for youth (4 to 17 years old); Tech students are free

Ticket Office Number: 318-257-3631