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Lady Techsters, Aggies set for showdown on the road

January 26, 2012

 

Reina Kempt
Associate Sports Reporter

 

Western Athletic Conference play has been a little shaky as of late for Tech, but the Techsters (8-10) are looking to win their next two against New Mexico State (3-11) and Nevada (4-12).

 

The Techsters will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for a 4:30 p.m. match against the Aggies then will return home to the Thomas Assembly Center to play at 7 p.m. against the Wolf Pack.

 

Conference play has not been easy for these ladies. As the Techsters fight to become two-time reigning WAC champions, they will first have to fight to get to the top of the rankings.

 

“I just try to motivate my players as much as possible,” head coach Teresa Weatherspoon said. “Patience is our word. I know what we are capable of.”

 

The inconsistency of the Techsters will have to stop quickly in order to take that initiative. The team is grounded on great shooters but lack the ability to show it every game. This squad only shot 26 percent from the field against Hawaii last week. In their win against San Jose State, the Techsters shot 41 percent from the field. This is what they will need to do consistently in order to win.

 

Senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson had a team high of 15 points for the Techsters, giving them the inside presence they need.

 

“I know what coach expects from me and I try to own up to that every practice and game,” Bramble-Donaldson said. “This is my last year so I want to go out with a bang.”

 

She averages 10.8 points so far this season as Jasmine Bendolph, senior guard, adds 9.8 of her own.

 

If Bramble-Donaldson can become consistent in the post and the guards shoot the ball as well as they has proven in the past, we will see a completely different team.

 

“We were ranked in the pre-season polls as No. 1 for a reason,” Bramble-Donaldson said. “We just need to prove that their predictions were right.”

 

With averaging 17.8 turnovers a game and opponents outscoring Tech in the second half overall this season 691-656, something has to shake. With only one player averaging in double digit scoring, some others will have to turn up the heat in conference play.

 

 

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