Techsters face SMU in Dallas

Robyn Lee (3) will lead LA Tech into Moody Coliseum today to face SMU.

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech returns to the hardwood today when the Lady Techsters face SMU at Moody Coliseum at 4 p.m.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM and through the LA Tech Athletics app with Kyle Roberts providing a call of the action. It can also be seen on ESPN+.

Louisiana Tech (3-0) is off to its best start since 2017 after a 68-53 road win over ULM in its last outing back on Nov. 13. Tech is looking for their first 4-0 start since 1996.  

Anna Larr Roberson registered her 17th career double-double in the win over ULM with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Roberson is just nine points shy from becoming the 45th Lady Techster to reach 1,000-career points. 

LA Tech has been led in scoring by three players through three games (Keiunna Walker, 17; Salma Bates, 17; Amaya Brannon, 18), while averaging 72.5 ppg and shooting 48.3-percent from the floor.

SMU (2-2) comes into 2022-23 picked third in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll (out of 11 teams) behind Houston and South Florida. The Mustangs also received a vote in the preseason USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll.

Toyelle Wilson leads the Mustangs as a second-year coach coming off a 14-15 overall record with a 7-7 mark in the AAC.

SMU returns eight players who saw significant playing time, including regular starters Savannah Wilkinson (9.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Jasmine Smith (13 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Reagan Bradley (11 ppg, 4.3 rpg). 

SMU opened the 2022-23 slate with a 76-39 win over Alabama State at home before falling at Oklahoma, 97-74. The Mustangs then went toe-to-toe with 17th ranked Baylor in Waco (58-55) before handling Texas A&M Commerce in Dallas, 86-57.

Today’s meeting will be the 20th overall meeting in the all-time series between the Techsters and the Mustangs with LA Tech leading the all-time series 18-1. 

Tech won the first 18 games of the series that dates back to 1978-79, the only game played on a neutral floor.  SMU snapped the streak in Dallas in the last meeting during the 2016-17 season with a 75-70 overtime win, the only game in the series to reach an overtime period.