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Shelton returns to Lady Techsters after being dismissed

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RUSTON, LA (KSLA/Louisiana Tech Sports Information) -

Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techster basketball team could get a late season addition to the roster in the form of junior guard Kelia Shelton.

Weatherspoon told members of the media Monday that Shelton will be eligible to play in Tech's final two regular season games and the Conference USA Tournament if she passes her classes in the current winter quarter, which ends on Feb. 27.

The 5-foot-8-inch guard led the Lady Techsters in scoring last year, averaging 13.6 points per game before being dismissed from the team in early March due to the violation of team rules.

"Things did not go the way either one of us wanted them to go last year in order for her to be a part of this program, and we had to part ways," Weatherspoon said. "The important thing is she learned from the lesson and grew while she was off the court and away from the program. It's important it happened in her life. She works hard every single day in practice, and she understands the importance of this second chance."

Shelton spent time in the National Guard this summer and fall before enrolling in classes at Tech in the winter quarter and rejoining the team as a walk-on.

The Rock Hill, South Carolina native originally played her true freshman season at Clemson before transferring to Tech where she sat out during the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Prior to being dismissed last season, Shelton scored in double digits 14 times, including scorching UTSA for 45 points in a 78-72 win Feb. 7, 2013 in San Antonio.

"Kelia is an amazing athlete," Weatherspoon said. "She brings so much energy to this team. She can do it all; score, defend and rebound. Anytime you can add someone like her that can come in and help, it should be a huge for us down the stretch.

In addition to the 13.6 points per game, Shelton averaged 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 39 percent from the field, 36 percent (26-73) from the three-point line and 67 percent from the free throw line.

Pending the results of her class grades following the winter quarter, Shelton will be eligible to return to the court for LA Tech on March 1 when it travels to Denton, Texas to play North Texas.

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