Spoon sparks a Techster’s streak

February 18, 2009

by Caitlin Crawford

With its 77-59 win against Nevada at the Thomas Assembly Center Sunday, the Lady Techsters claimed its spot in a three-way tie for third place in the Western Athletic Conference.

Tech’s interim head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, former WNBA and Lady Techsters star, won her second straight game since taking over the program Feb. 9.

“Basketball is basketball” Weatherspoon said.

“I’m excited for my girls and I’m proud of them.”

Weatherspoon said she had to give credit to assistant coach Sara Carter’s scouting report and her team as a whole.

“We were fired up from the starters to the bench warmers,” Weatherspoon said.

“Everybody was a fighter. We trust each other and it doesn’t matter who comes off the bench.”

At the 9:37 mark in the first half, the Techsters held a strong 22-4 lead over the Wolfpack, but that lead slowly shrunk to 36-23 at the close of the first half.

“At the half I told them to value the basketball,” Weatherspoon said.

“They got tired and went away from the game plan, but at halftime its 0-0 and we knew we had to stop the run.”

As the second half began, the Lady Techsters stepped onto the court to reclaim its strong lead, but the Techsters struggled when the Wolfpack encroached further closing the gap to 48-40 at the 12:20 mark.

However, Nevada would not get any closer than a 14-point deficit for the remainder of the game.

Weatherspoon said her team was looking to shut down Nevada’s rebound percentage, and that is just what her team did.

“We stressed to this team that Nevada was out-rebounding everyone in this league,” Weatherspoon said. “It was important to do more than just rebound. We needed to put a body on people and get them out of there, rebound, attack and let’s run.”

Junior guard Tiawana Pringle said her team worked hard in practice and carried that force into the game.

“We had intensity and we had to keep it up for the rest of the half,” Pringle said.

“We knew we needed this game; we wanted this game.”

The Techsters fought to regain its lead and went on an 11-2 run over the Wolfpack, led by sophomore forward Adrienne Johnson and sophomore guard Whitney Jones. Shanavia Dowdell led the game with 20 points, with Johnson and Jones, reaching double-digit scoring with 14 and 16 points respectively.

Tech finished the game shooting 55 percent from the field, including going 4-7 behind the arc.

Weatherspoon said it was important to do the right thing on the court.

“The message is very simple, we are persistent until we succeed,” Weatherspoon said. “We want to turn the corner and [Sunday] was the day we turned that corner.”

Pringle said her team did a great job overall.

“We tried to go out and get this win and that’s what we did,” Pringle said.

The Techsters triumphed with its win over Nevada and will continue its WAC play Friday Feb. 20 against San Jose State in San Jose, Calif.