Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball

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Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters athletic logo
University Louisiana Tech University
First season 1974–75
All-time record 1043–264
Conference C-USA
Location Ruston, La.
Head coach Tyler Summitt
Arena Thomas Assembly Center
(Capacity: 8,000)
Nickname Lady Techsters
Colors

Columbia blue and Red

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA/AIAW Tournament champions
1981, 1982, 1988
NCAA/AIAW Tournament runner up
1979, 1983, 1987, 1994, 1998
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1998, 1999
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
Conference tournament champions
American South: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Sun Belt: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
WAC: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010
Conference regular season champions
American South: 1988, 1989, 1990
Sun Belt: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
WAC: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011

The Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball team represents Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. The team currently competes in Conference USA. The current head coach of the Lady Techsters is Tyler Summitt, and the current associate head coach is Mickie DeMoss. La Tech has won 3 National Championships and has competed in 13 Final Fours, 23 Sweet Sixteens, and 27 NCAA tournaments. The Lady Techsters basketball program boasts 3 Wade Trophy winners, 5 olympic medalists, 6 members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, 16 All-Americans, and 21 WNBA players. The Lady Techsters have an all-time record of 1043–264 with a .798 winning percentage, the third-best all-time winning percentage of any NCAA Division I program. La Tech and Tennessee are the only women's basketball programs to win at least 1000 games. The Lady Techsters have made 27 appearances in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, which is the fourth most NCAA appearances in the nation.

History[edit]

Conference affiliations[edit]

NCAA Tournament history & seeds[edit]

Years → '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Seeds → 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 10 6 6 4 2 1 2 3 1 1 3 5 5 5 11 11 14 10

Seasons[edit]

1982 Louisiana Tech women's basketball team
National champions* Conference champions Conference tournament champions Postseason bid^
Season Head coach Conference Season results Tournament results Final poll
Overall Conference Conference Postseason AP Coaches'
Wins Losses Wins Losses Finish
1974–75 Sonja Hogg Independent 13 9 AIAW State
1975–76 Independent 19 10 AIAW State
1976–77 Independent 22 9 AIAW Region 4 NR
1977–78 Independent 20 8 AIAW Region 4 NR
1978–79 Independent 34 4 AIAW Finalists 2
1979–80 Independent 40 5 AIAW Final Four 3
1980–81 Independent 34 0 AIAW Champions 1
1981–82 Independent 35 1 NCAA Champions 1
1982–83 Sonja Hogg
Leon Barmore
Independent 31 2 NCAA Finalists 2
1983–84 Independent 30 3 NCAA Final Four 2
1984–85 Independent 29 4 NCAA Elite Eight 4
1985–86 Leon Barmore Independent 27 5 NCAA Elite Eight 4 7
1986–87 Independent 30 3 NCAA Finalists 3 2
1987–88 American South 32 2 9 0 1st Champions NCAA Champions 5 1
1988–89 American South 32 4 10 0 1st Champions NCAA Final Four 3 4
1989–90 American South 32 1 10 0 1st Champions NCAA Final Four 1 4
1990–91 American South 18 12 9 3 2nd Champions NCAA First Round NR NR
1991–92 Sun Belt 20 10 12 4 T-3rd Semifinals NCAA First Round NR NR
1992–93 Sun Belt 26 6 13 1 T-1st Finals NCAA Elite Eight 14 8
1993–94 Sun Belt 31 4 14 0 1st Champions NCAA Finalists 6 2
1994–95 Sun Belt 28 5 13 1 1st Finals NCAA Sweet Sixteen 8 10
1995–96 Sun Belt 31 2 14 0 1st Champions NCAA Elite Eight 1 5
1996–97 Sun Belt 31 4 12 2 T-1st Champions NCAA Sweet Sixteen 5 8
1997–98 Sun Belt 31 4 13 1 1st Champions NCAA Finalists 4 2
1998–99 Sun Belt 30 3 12 0 1st Champions NCAA Final Four 3 3
1999–00 Sun Belt 31 3 16 0 1st Champions NCAA Elite Eight 3 6
2000–01 Sun Belt 31 5 16 0 1st Champions NCAA Elite Eight 6 6
2001–02 WAC 25 5 17 1 1st Champions NCAA First Round 8 19
2002–03 Kurt Budke WAC 31 3 18 0 1st Champions NCAA Sweet Sixteen 6 9
2003–04 WAC 29 3 17 1 1st Champions NCAA Sweet Sixteen 7 12
2004–05 WAC 20 10 14 4 T-1st Finals NCAA First Round RV NR
2005–06 Chris Long WAC 26 5 15 1 1st Champions NCAA First Round 17 24
2006–07 WAC 17 13 12 4 T-1st Quarterfinals Declined WNIT bid NR NR
2007–08 WAC 16 15 9 7 T-4th Semifinals NR NR
2008–09 WAC 21 13 12 4 T-1st Semifinals WNIT Second Round NR NR
Teresa Weatherspoon
2009–10 WAC 23 9 11 5 2nd Champions NCAA First Round NR NR
2010–11 WAC 24 8 15 1 1st Finals NCAA First Round RV RV
2011–12 WAC 17 15 8 6 3rd Finals NR NR
2012–13 WAC 14 17 9 9 5th Semifinals NR NR
2013–14 C-USA 12 20 5 11 14th Quarterfinals NR NR

Rivalries[edit]

Tennessee Lady Vols[edit]

Louisiana Tech–Tennessee: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting La Tech wins La Tech losses Win %
41 December 16, 1978 (won 64–56) November 23, 2008 (lost 59–94) 17 24 41.5%

WKU Lady Toppers[edit]

Louisiana Tech–WKU: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting La Tech wins La Tech losses Win %
40 December 3, 1983 (won 82–50) December 5, 2011 (lost 54–69) 26 14 65.0%

LSU Lady Tigers[edit]

Louisiana Tech–LSU: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting La Tech wins La Tech losses Win %
29 January 24, 1975 (won 97–83) November 23, 2013 (lost 69–81) 14 15 48.3%

Fresno State Bulldogs[edit]

Louisiana Tech–Fresno State: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting La Tech wins La Tech losses Win %
29 November 24, 1995 (won 77–59) March 10, 2012 (lost 61–89) 17 12 58.6%

Home venues[edit]

Thomas Assembly Center[edit]

Thomas Assembly Center

The Thomas Assembly Center (TAC) has been home to the Lady Techsters basketball team since the 8,000-seat facility opened in November 1982. Constructed at a cost of $17.5 million, the TAC is a cylindrical arena with a concrete finish and bronze glass at the entrance level. In 2007 a new state-of-the-art maple wood floor was installed in the TAC and named "Karl Malone Court."

In the Lady Techsters' first game at the TAC, La Tech lost to USC, led by Cheryl Miller and Cynthia Cooper, 64–58 in front of 8,700 fans on December 4, 1982. However, the Lady Techsters picked up their first win at the TAC in their next game by defeating Alabama 83–56 on December 9, 1982.

On January 22, 1985, La Tech set an attendance record of 8,975 at the TAC in a women's/men's doubleheader in which the Lady Techsters defeated Northeast Louisiana 79-77 in overtime. The Lady Techsters have hosted fifteen crowds of more than 7,000 and eight capacity crowds of more than 8,000. The Lady Techsters regularly rank in the Top 40 in NCAA women's basketball average attendance, including a program record average of 5,330 in 1983-84.

The Lady Techsters have been almost unbeatable at the TAC. Entering the 2010-11 season, the Lady Techsters boast a 390-39 record at the TAC. The Lady Techsters' 90.9% winning percentage at the TAC ranks third best among active arenas only trailing Tennessee at Thompson–Boling Arena (94.2%) and Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion (93.7%). The Lady Techsters have recorded thirteen undefeated seasons at the TAC. La Tech is a perfect 36-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at the TAC. The Lady Techsters won 161 consecutive games against unranked opponents at home from 1992 to 2004, and the Lady Techsters won 114 consecutive regular season home conference games between 1992 and 2007. The Lady Techsters are 158-11 all-time against conference opponents in regular season games at the TAC. The Lady Techsters have posted home winning streaks of 49, 52 and 62 games, all of which rank in the Top 15 in Division I history.

Memorial Gymnasium[edit]

In 1952, Memorial Gymnasium was constructed on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston to serve as the home of the La Tech Bulldogs men's basketball team. After the inception of the Lady Techsters basketball team in 1974, Memorial Gymnasium was home to Lady Techster basketball through the 1981–82 season. In the first game in program history, the Lady Techsters lost to Southeastern Louisiana 55–59 in Memorial Gym on January 7, 1975. However, in their next game, the Lady Techsters rebounded to defeat LSU 97–83 to christen Memorial Gym with the first victory in Louisiana Tech women's basketball history on January 24, 1975.

During the 1979–80 season, more than 5,000 fans routinely packed inside Memorial Gym to watch the Lady Techsters play, and La Tech's attendance peaked at 6,220 for UCLA and 6,314 for Stephen F. Austin. After that season, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal ordered Louisiana Tech to not allow more than 5,200 spectators into Memorial Gym again. If La Tech did not comply, the fire marshal vowed to personally count the crowd and not let more than 4,800 enter Memorial Gym again. As a result, Louisiana Tech President F. Jay Taylor initiated the construction of the 8,098 capacity Thomas Assembly Center.

In the Lady Techsters final game played in Memorial Gym, La Tech defeated Kentucky 82–60 on March 20, 1982. Throughout the eight seasons the Lady Techsters played in Memorial Gymnasium, La Tech amassed 84 wins and only 6 losses at home. The Lady Techsters' 93.3% winning percentage at Memorial Gym ranks third best all-time only trailing Tennessee at Thompson–Boling Arena (94.2%) and Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion (93.7%).

Traditions[edit]

Lady Techsters[edit]

I just didn't want us to be the Lady Bulldogs. I could hear people saying, "There comes Coach Hogg and all of her little b!+¢#ə$."

—Former head coach Sonja Hogg on the Lady Techsters nickname in 2009[1]

In 1974, Louisiana Tech President F. Jay Taylor established the university's first women's athletic program, a women's basketball team. He hired a 28-year-old P.E. teacher at Ruston High School, Sonja Hogg, as the program's first head coach. However, Hogg refused to call her team the Lady Bulldogs after the La Tech men's nickname. She asserted that bulldogs were "unfeminine" and that "a lady dog is a b!+¢#." For that reason, her first initiative as head coach was to nix the nickname Bulldogs from any connection with her team. Thus, Hogg decided to change her team's nickname to the Lady Techsters.

Hogg would not allow her Lady Techsters to wear knee or elbow pads because they were unladylike. Additionally, she designed the Lady Techster jerseys with sleeves because she did not like her ladies showing their armpits or bra straps. A 1986 Sports Illustrated article stated, "A Lady Techster is likely to be a good student and a devout Christian, probably favors needlepoint over Madonna tapes on airplanes and fears a drug test about as much as she does an airport metal detector." The same article stated that Hogg's insistence that her players act like ladies gave the team an "almost antebellum image" that was well-suited to a conservative town like Ruston.[2]

Columbia blue[edit]

Columbia blue Lady Techster jersey with sleeves

In 1896, Col. A.T. Prescott, president of what was then Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, announced the selection of red and blue as the institution's colors. Red was chosen to represent courage, and blue was selected to embody loyalty. In the 1960s, Columbia blue was introduced to Louisiana Tech in various applications. In 1974, Sonja Hogg, along with the head of the university's art department, Raymond Nichols, presented various shades of blue to the athletics council, and Hogg's preference of Columbia blue was adopted as the primary color of the Lady Techsters. Prior to 2003, the university's teams, departments, and organizations used various shades of blue ranging from light blue to dark blue. Yet in 2003, Louisiana Tech standardized its shade of blue by adopting reflex blue as the official hue. However, due to La Tech's rich tradition in women's basketball, the Lady Techsters basketball team was granted the only exemption to not adopt reflex blue and was allowed to continue to use the traditional Columbia blue.

Jersey sleeves[edit]

In 1974, Sonja Hogg designed the first Lady Techster jerseys with sleeves because she did not want her ladies showing their armpits. In addition, sports bras did not exist in 1974, and Hogg did not want spectators to see her ladies' bra straps hanging out of sleeveless jerseys either. As Lady Techster basketball rose to national prominence, the jersey sleeves became recognized as part of the Lady Techster brand. Sleeves were a staple of the Lady Techsters jerseys throughout Leon Barmore's tenure as head coach. After Barmore retired in 2002, new head coach Kurt Budke introduced the first Lady Techsters sleeveless jerseys at the behest of the players.

Hoop Troop[edit]

Main article: Hoop Troop

The Hoop Troop is the basketball pep band at Louisiana Tech. The band has been under the direction of Jim Robken since 1991. The Hoop Troop travels to all postseason games including conference tournaments and NCAA tournaments. In 2005, the Hoop Troop was featured in a Sports Illustrated article entitled "Top 65 Things We Want to Wee During March Madness" which stated, "30) The Louisiana Tech pep band, a.k.a. the Hoop Troop, the funniest band in the land."[3]

2013–14 Roster[edit]

2013–14 Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 00 Jackson, JaQuanJaQuan Jackson 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Fr Harker Heights HS Killeen, Texas
G 1 Govan, MarcedisMarcedis Govan 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) Jr El Dorado, Ark.
F 2 Frazier, WhitneyWhitney Frazier 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Jr El Dorado HS El Dorado, Ark.
G 4 Vucinic, JelenaJelena Vucinic 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sr Waimea College Nelson, New Zealand
G 10 Walter, ChristassiaChristassia Walter 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Jr Hutchinson CC Texarkana, Ark.
G 12 Richie, RubyRuby Richie 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) So Ouachita Baptist Ruston, La.
G 15 Jefferson, BrittneyBrittney Jefferson 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sr Angelina College Leggett, Texas
G 21 Andrews, KanedriaKanedria Andrews 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Jr El Dorado HS El Dorado, Ark.
G 23 Perry, LuluLulu Perry 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) So Benton HS Benton, La.
F 24 Chenevert, TyJae'TyJae' Chenevert 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Jr Diablo Valley JC Richmond, Calif.
G/F 25 Wingate, BrandiBrandi Wingate 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) So Northwest Florida State Columbia, Maryland
F 32 Moten, KevionKevion Moten 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Fr Ouachita HS Monroe, La.
F 33 Langston, SavannaSavanna Langston 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Jr Parkers Chapel HS El Dorado, Ark.
F 42 Hall, VeancaVeanca Hall 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) So Richwood HS Monroe, La.
Head coach

Teresa Weatherspoon

Assistant coach(es)

Drew Miller
Mike Ekanem
Tomekia Reed


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-08-17

Players[edit]

Honors[edit]

Wade Trophy

Three Lady Techsters have been awarded the Wade Trophy, the award presented annually to the best women's basketball player in the NCAA. Connecticut is the only program to have more than three players awarded the Wade Trophy.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

All-Americans

Eleven Lady Techsters have been awarded 16 Kodak First Team All-America honors.

Conference player of the year

Fourteen Lady Techsters have garnered 19 conference player of the year honors.

Olympic medalists[edit]

Lady Techsters have won 5 Olympic Games medals.

Name Country Olympiad Event Result
Venus Lacy United States Atlanta 1996 Women's basketball 1st
Janice Lawrence United States Los Angeles 1984 Women's basketball 1st
Kim Mulkey United States Los Angeles 1984 Women's basketball 1st
Teresa Weatherspoon United States Seoul 1988 Women's basketball 1st
Barcelona 1992 Women's basketball 3rd

Lady Techsters in the WNBA[edit]

Twenty-one former Lady Techsters have been drafted or played in the WNBA. Numerous Lady Techsters have played professional basketball overseas.

Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position WNBA team Notes
1997 Initial Player Allocation Braxton, Janice LawrenceJanice Lawrence Braxton C Cleveland Rockers
1997 Initial Player Allocation Weatherspoon, TeresaTeresa Weatherspoon G New York Liberty WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (1997, 1998)
1997 2 4 12 Johnson, VickieVickie Johnson G New York Liberty WNBA All-Star (1999, 2001)
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2008)
1997 3 1 17 Spurlock, RacquelRacquel Spurlock C Houston Comets
1997 3 7 23 Williams, DebraDebra Williams G Charlotte Sting
1998 Undrafted Brown, La'ShawnLa'Shawn Brown C Washington Mystics
1999 4 10 46 Wilson, AmandaAmanda Wilson F Phoenix Mercury
1999 Undrafted Burras, AlisaAlisa Burras C Cleveland Rockers
1999 Undrafted Maxwell, MonicaMonica Maxwell F Sacramento Monarchs
1999 Undrafted Lacy, VenusVenus Lacy C New York Liberty
2000 1 6 6 Lennox, BettyBetty Lennox G Minnesota Lynx WNBA Champion (2004)
WNBA All-Star (2000)
WNBA Rookie of the Year (2000)
WNBA Finals MVP (2004)
2000 1 8 8 Jackson, TamichaTamicha Jackson G Detroit Shock
2000 4 11 59 Massey, ShakaShaka Massey C Charlotte Sting
2002 2 4 20 Walker, AyanaAyana Walker F Detroit Shock WNBA Champion (2003)
2002 3 3 35 Lewis, TakeishaTakeisha Lewis F Seattle Storm
2003 1 3 3 Ford, CherylCheryl Ford F Detroit Shock WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2008)
WNBA All-Star (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2007)
WNBA Rookie of the Year (2003)
2004 2 4 17 Carter, AmishaAmisha Carter C New York Liberty
2004 2 6 19 Frierson, TrinaTrina Frierson F Seattle Storm WNBA Champion (2004)
2005 2 6 19 Taylor, EricaErica Taylor G Washington Mystics
2010 2 6 18 Dowdell, ShanaviaShanavia Dowdell F Washington Mystics
2011 3 4 28 Johnson, AdrienneAdrienne Johnson F Connecticut Sun

Coaches[edit]

Head coaching records[edit]

# Name Years Seasons GC OW OL O% CW CL C% PW PL RCs TCs NCs
1 Hogg, SonjaSonja Hogg 1974–1985 11 362 307 55 .848 56 16 2
2 Barmore, LeonLeon Barmore 1982–2002 20 663 576 87 .869 190 13 .936 56 19 13 12 1
3 Budke, KurtKurt Budke 2002–2005 3 96 80 16 .833 49 5 .907 4 3 3 2 0
4 Long, ChrisChris Long 2005–2009 3.7 115 71 44 .617 40 16 .714 0 1 2 1 0
5 Weatherspoon, TeresaTeresa Weatherspoon 2009–2014 5.3 170 99 71 .582 56 32 .636 1 3 2 1 0

Honors[edit]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Lady Techsters championship banner

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year

USBWA Women's National Coach of the Year

Maggie Dixon Award

Conference coach of the year

Leon Barmore coaching tree[edit]

Eight former assistant coaches under head coach Leon Barmore have become head women's basketball coaches.

Lady Techsters in coaching[edit]

Six former Lady Techsters have become NCAA head women's basketball coaches.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Rapier (June 24, 2009), Sonja Hogg built the Louisiana Tech women's basketball program into a powerhouse, The Times-Picayune 
  2. ^ "Belles Of The Ball". Sports Illustrated. 1986-11-19. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ "65 Things We Want to See During March Madness". CNN. 

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