TIPPING IT OFF: One of the most storied programs in NCAA women's basketball history visits the ASU Convocation Center Tuesday night when the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech travel to Jonesboro to take on the ASU Red Wolves. The Lady Techsters have made 25 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, with 13 Final Fours and three National Championships to their credit. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats and video will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State is looking to get back into the win column after dropping a pair of games last weekend at the Anaconda Sports & The Rock Seton Hall Classic in South Orange, N.J. The Red Wolves were defeated 72-43 by Virginia Commonwealth in the first game of the Seton Hall Classic, then dropped a 76-52 decision to host Seton Hall in the consolation game. Arkansas State will also be looking to hand the Lady Techsters their first loss on the season. Louisiana Tech visits Jonesboro at 2-0 after opening the season with a pair of lopsided victories. Louisiana Tech defeated Centenary 88-41 in its Nov. 13 season opener, then picked up a 90-50 victory on the road at Nicholls St. Nov. 20.
THE LA. TECH SERIES: Louisiana Tech holds a decisive 34-2 advantage over ASU in the all-time series between the two teams. Although the two teams have not met since the 2005-06 season, the Lady Techsters have won 26 straight games in the series. The first of Arkansas State's two victories came in the 1990-91 season, with ASU winning 76-75. Arkansas State also defeated La. Tech 73-55 during 1991-92 season. Both of the ASU victories were in the ASU Convocation Center.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is entering his 11th season at the helm of the Red Wolves program. Boyer holds a career record of 170-138 and has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, including three of the past five years. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Rebecca Peoples and Jennifer Sullivan. Teresa Weatherspoon is 11-2 in her second season as head coach at Louisiana Tech. Weatherspoon was named interim head coach during the 2008-09 season and lead the Lady Techsters to a 9-2 mark down the stretch that included a Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship and a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.