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Lady Techsters look to continue two-game winning streak at home

February 16, 2012

 

Senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson has been on fire as of late for Tech, and she and the Techsters return to action tonight at 6 p.m. to face San Jose State in the Thomas Assembly Center. –Archived photo

Derek Amaya
Sports Reporter

 

After almost being upset by the Idaho Vandals with a close score of 61-57 on Feb. 11, the Lady Techsters (13-11, 6-3 WAC) are trying to finish the regular season on a strong note as they take on San Jose State, Hawaii and New Mexico State in a three-game homestand.

 

Senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson has been the leader this team needs lately as she scored a career-high 25 points and snatched 14 rebounds against Idaho, earning her the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week award last week.

 

Bramble-Donaldson said the next few games are going to be crucial for the Techsters if they want a chance to jump ahead in the WAC standings.

 

“These next couple of games are going to be really important,” Bramble-Donaldson said. “We have to do whatever we have to do to get the win. There will be times they’ll have runs, but we need to have more.”

 

Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon said the teams they have played are talented and work hard, but continues to stress to the team to continue to play aggressive basketball in order for them to be successful.

 

“We are going in the direction we need to be going in right now,” she said. “It is funny how your team starts to peak at the right time. Our kids are doing much better in sharing the basketball and playing better.”

 

Senior guard Angie Felton finished the Idaho game with four points and six rebounds, helping her team pull out another tough win on the road despite the typical tiring of bodies this late in the season.

 

“Down the stretch our bodies get tired, but we come in and work to get better,” she said. “We got our fans behind us to give us energy and keep us motivated. San Jose State was on the down side, but they have a lot more talent and it’s going to be a hard competition.”

 

San Jose State’s last win came against Hawaii 67-58 and Hawaii has not played well toward the end of the season losing against several conference teams.

 

“We have told our kids the whole way that we must protect home,” Weatherspoon said. “We’ve done great on the road, but we must take care of the house. San Jose State is a very good basketball team under a coach who has lifted up their spirits.”

 

She said San Jose State plays great pounding in the paint and defensively covers the paint to force teams to shoot the ball more.

 

“We have to take it a game at a time and possession at a time,” Weatherspoon said. “Once our kids understand the value of every possession, they’ll understand what it takes to make a defensive stop or rebound.”

 

Donaldson said the team wants to prove to the other conference teams the Lady Techsters were predicted first in the WAC for a reason and they are prepared to accept the challenge.

 

“Going through the conference games, the game gets harder,” she said. “Every team wants to go the tournament and it is very important to keep up the intensity.”

 

The Lady Techsters play San Jose State in the Thomas Assembly Center at 6 p.m. tonight and Hawaii at 6 p.m. Saturday on their home court as well.

 

For updates of the game, follow The Tech Talk sports page on Twitter at www.twitter.com/techtalksports.

 

The game can also be heard on the LATech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Malcolm Butler with the call for the Lady Techsters.

 

Email comments to dja014@latech.edu.

 

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