Techsters host South Alabama tonight at TAC

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech wraps up its 2022-23 non-conference slate tonight when it hosts South Alabama at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network at 97.7 FM and via the LA Tech Athletics app.

Louisiana Tech (6-3) will look to bounce back from an overtime loss to Vanderbilt last Thursday and move to 7-3 for the fifth year in a row.

LA Tech’s defense has been a strong suit this season, featuring a top-50 ranked scoring defense in the NCAA at 56.4 while holding opponents to .359 shooting, good for 50th in the NCAA. Tech has held opponents to under 60 points in all six wins this season.

Offensively, LA Tech is averaging 67.4 ppg on .448 shooting from the field, which ranks No. 2 among Conference USA programs. Tech has scored 70 or more in four of their last five outings. 

Tech ranks tops in C-USA in assists at 15.8 per game, thanks 4.4 per game from Silvia Nativi, whose 3.64 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks No. 7 in the nation.

All-Conference preseason selections Keiunna Walker and Anna Larr Roberson lead the Techsters in double figures at 15.2 and 13.7 ppg, respectively.

South Alabama (2-5) will continue their non-conference slate with a trip to Ruston after splitting their last two contests with a home win over Florida A&M (62-52) and falling 64-46 at Mercer in their last outing. 

South Alabama, who was 13th in the Sun Belt preseason poll, has picked up both wins at home but are 0-3 on the road in 2022-23.

The Jaguars are led by Terry Fowler in his ninth season, compiling a 124-155 record in Mobile. On the court, South Alabama is led by Kelsey Thompson (10.7 ppg) and Nadia Howard (10.0 ppg) in double figures.

LA Tech and South Alabama will meet for the first time in over 20 years and for the 22nd all-time meeting between the Techsters and Jaguars. 

LA Tech is a perfect 21-0 all-time and 11-0 in Ruston, including the last meeting in 2000-01 (LA Tech, 71-46). The two programs first met in 1991-92.

Tech has reached the century mark on three occasions, with a game-high of 115 points back in 1997-98, which accounts for the largest margin of victory at 71 points (115-44). The closest contest came in 1991-92, at 17 points, 70-53. 

Season and single-game tickets are on sale and can be purchased at LATechSports.com/Tickets or by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at (318) 257-3631.

Tech fans can earn a $5 ticket when bringing a toy for the Toys For Tots promotion. 


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