Techsters look for win No. 600 in Ruston

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech returns home for four of their next five games, beginning with UAB tonight at 6 p.m. on Karl Malone Court inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

The storied Lady Techster program will be looking to record the 600th win in Ruston (Memorial Gym and Thomas Assembly Center) in program history. Tech recorded 84 wins at old Memorial Gym and has 515 wins at the TAC.

The game can be seen on Kyle Roberts will provide the call of the game on 97.7 FM and the LA Tech Athletics App with the pregame show starting at 5:30 p.m.

Louisiana Tech (11-8, 4-5) dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling to Western Kentucky and No. 23 Middle Tennessee on the road last week. At WKU, Tech erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to four but could not get over the hump. Two days later, Tech held a one-point lead over the now-ranked Blue Raiders but surrendered a 31-point fourth quarter. 

After three straight on the road, Tech returns home for four of their next five inside the TAC, beginning with a two-game set this week against UAB and UTSA. 

Tech recently faced UAB in Birmingham four games ago, taking out the Blazers 61-55 behind Keiunna Walker’s season-high 26 points. Tech’s defense held the then No. 1 offense in Conference USA (77 PPG) to 22 points under their average on a season-low 28 percent shooting.

LA Tech is seeking the program’s 600th all-time win at home, including games played in Memorial Gymnasium and the Thomas Assembly Center.

UAB (10-8, 2-7) got off to a great start to the season with an 8-1 non-conference slate, with their only loss coming at the hands of LSU in the Bahamas after winning their first five contests of 22-23 but have struggled to close out games in the conference slate. 

The Blazers have been very competitive in their conference losses, dropping five of their seven by six points or less. UAB has picked up wins over Florida Atlantic (75-47) and took down North Texas in their last outing on the road (76-74). 

Freshman standout Denim DeShields – daughter of former MLB player Delino DeShields — has earned three C-USA Freshman of the Week honors this season.

Saturday’s match-up will be the 18th overall meeting between LA Tech and UAB on the hardwood with Tech leading 12-5.

The series history has favored the road teams, with UAB taking five of seven in Ruston and Tech taking seven of eight in Birmingham, including four games ago with Tech winning 61-55 on the road.

LA Tech has won seven straight, breaking their home-win drought last season in the C-USA West Division title-clinching game. Tech would sweep a three-game set last season on a neutral floor in the C-USA Quarterfinals, one game removed from the division clincher.

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