Lady Techsters head to the Big Apple riding three-game winning streak

December 15, 2011

Associate Sports Editor


The Lady Techsters basketball squad has gotten off to a slow start but the St. John’s Chartwell Holiday Classic in Queens, N.Y., may be the turnaround greatly needed.


After a 5-6 start, heading to the state where head coach Teresa Weatherspoon made her career as a WNBA player for the New York Liberty may be the motivation the Techsters need to start a successful streak of wins.


The season has just started but conference is quickly approaching as it starts in January, and facing teams like Memphis and St. John’s will be the preparation the Techsters need for the most important part of the season.


The struggle for the Techsters seems to come from the significant amount of new players as the team has a total of four freshmen, one transfer and two players who didn’t see much playing time last season.


Although there are four post players, only senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson saw a lot of playing time last season.


The Techsters are shooting 42 percent from the field, which is an improvement from the start of the season. Senior point guard Jasmine Bendolph is averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 assists for the squad and Bramble-Donaldson is averaging 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds.


The Techsters are aware of the necessity of having its post players play big.


Most importantly, the new players are getting plenty of playing time, and though it has been a slow start, they are getting initiated into college level basketball rather quickly, which will only benefit the team in the future.


Early frustration is common for the record the team possesses, but experience is what they are gaining more of and they have proven themselves as being able to step up to the challenge in a thrilling victory over Mississippi State as freshman point guard Courtney Hayes knocked down the game clinching free throw.


Weatherspoon is preparing her young team for the pressures of the conference, resulting in achieving the main goal, a Western Athletic Conference championship.


The Techsters will return to Ruston at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 against Tennessee Tech in the Thomas Assembly Center.


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