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Demons shoot for win No. 700 Wednesday

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Going for the 700th win as a program, the Northwestern State women's basketball team and Louisiana Tech will face off for the first in seven years on Wednesday at 6 o'clock as the first part of a twin-bill at the Thomas Assembly Center.

 

The Demon basketball team is set to follow the women's teams at 8 o'clock.  Both games will be carried on 100.7 KZBL in Natchitoches, 99.9KTEZ in Many and 92.1 KSYR in Shreveport.

 

NSU (4-3) enters the game with 699 wins as a women's basketball program and hope to gain 700 at in-state rival Tech (2-6) who is coming in after a 51-44 win versus Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

"They've played a very tough schedule," said second-year co-head coach Brooke Stoehr.  Stoehr four-year letterman under legendary head coach Leon Barmore.  She helped lead the Lady Techsters to four conference titles, four NCAA appearances, and the 1999 Final Four.

 

"They opened at Virginia and played at LSU and South Carolina; so they've played some very tough teams," said Stoehr.  "I think they're record is indicative of their tough schedule."

 

The two programs first played each other in 1974-75 and the first 25 contests were played in first seven years of existence.  Since then NSU has played twice (1983 and 2007), Tech has won the last 17 matchups.

 

Trudy Armstead has been solid for the Lady Demons lately going into the game with three straight 20+ point performances.  She leads NSU in scoring (19.1 ppg) followed by Keisha Lee who averages 16.7 points a contest.

 

"Trudy's very versatile and we can player her inside- out, and she's a very difficult matchup for a lot of people," said Stoehr. "Our job is just trying to figure out what the matchup is and how to put her in a position that she could be successful."

 

Chelsea Rogers, native of Ruston, is second on the team in rebounds per game (5.7) behind Armstead who averages seven.

 

Northwestern State has scored the exact sam amount points as they have allowed this season.  It both averages and allows 65 points a game. 

 

Louisiana Tech has three players who average in double-figure points: Whitney Frazier (17.0 ppg), JaQuan Jackson (14.3) and Chrisstasia Walter (12.6).

 

Frazier also leads the team in rebounds with 7.6 a contest.

 

As a team, Tech averages 66 points a game and allows 72.1 a contest.

 

"They've got some talent, and they're athletic," said Stoehr.  "They've got some players that can really score.  Frazier has been playing very well for them and is very consistent.

 

"Jackson, a freshman, has been very good on the perimeter for the," she said. "We've got some things that we think we can run that'll be pretty good for us. We have to get stops, not allow transition buckets, and rebound defensively to give us a chance to win on the road."

 

Despite playing against her alma mater, Stoehr says the game is all about NSU.

 

"I have a lot of great memories of being a player and coach there, but Wednesday night is all about Northwestern State and going to get a win," she said.  "We'll cheer for Louisiana Tech all season long, except for Wednesday night.  We hope the purple will come out on top Wednesday."

 

Both her and fellow co-head coach Scott Stoehr spent time as assistants at Tech. 

 

The last chance to see the Lady Demons at home will be their next game versus Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday at 7 o'clock.  After UAM, NSU will travel to San Antonio, Texas to take part in the Holiday Classic at Texas-San Antonio. 

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