Game 12 • Saturday, December 28, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (5-7, 0-0 Conference USA) at
Texas A&M Aggies (7-4, 0-0 SEC)
College Station, Texas • Reed Arena (12,989)
Texas A&M hosts three-time national champion Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. as Holiday Hoops continues at Reed Arena. Fans can purchase a general admission ticket for just $4 for this game.
Fans who can't make it to Reed Arena can listen to the game locally in College Station over the airwaves, or online at AggieAthletics.com. A live video stream is available for subscribers to 12thMan.TV.
Louisiana Tech (5-7) hold special meaning for Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair, as he got his start in collegiate coaching at LA Tech. While an assistant for the Lady Techsters, Blair helped bring two national championships to Ruston before departing to Stephen F. Austin as a head coach. While at Tech, Blair recruited, and coached for one season, Teresa Weatherspoon, who led LA Tech to their other national championship, and has been the head coach of the Lady Techsters since 2009.
“Teresa is one of the best players I recruited at Louisiana Tech,” said Blair. “She was a great leader on and off the court. Those traits have followed her in her career, as she has been very successful as a professional and international player, and now a head coach.”
This represents the fifth head coaching matchup in the past two seasons between Blair and one of his former players or assistants, with Texas A&M taking all four previous meetings. Blair has defeated former Arkansas Director of Operations and current Washington Head Coach Mike Neighbors this season, and had victories over Weatherspoon, current Mississippi State Head Coach Vic Schaefer and current Arkansas Head Coach Tom Collen last season.
The Aggies (7-4) have won their first four games by an average of 31.5 points at home, and have allowed the fewest points of any team at home (min: 2 home games). Texas A&M is coming off of a heartbreaking loss at the Maggie Dixon Classic, when a shot with 2.0 seconds left gave St. John’s a two-point victory. Texas A&M has won 63 straight non-conference games at home, and 31 straight games against teams from outside the SEC, Big 12, ACC, Big Ten and Big East.
After this game, the Aggies have just one day off before hosting Arkansas State on Monday, December 30 at 7 p.m.