Wednesday night's contest will be broadcast on FSN Kansas City with Brent Stover delivering the play-by-play and Patti Phillips providing the analysis.
The contest can also be heard on the K-State Sports Network and locally on 1350 KMAN with the award-winning Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and former Wildcat Missy Heidrick providing the color analysis.
Texas holds a narrow advantage over the Wildcats in the series, 10-8. K-State captured last season's meeting between the schools in Austin, a 77-74 decision in overtime.
The K-State seniors will conclude their collegiate careers later this season, but to date have registered an 86-41 (.677) career record and a mark of 51-13 (.797) in Bramlage Coliseum. The group helped K-State to the second Big 12 regular season title in school history and the first outright crown in 2008, an appearance in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, a Postseason WNIT title in 2006 and an appearance in the 2007 Postseason WNIT semifinals.
This season, K-State is led by junior forward and All-Big 12 candidate Ashley Sweat, senior forward and All-Big 12 candidate Gipson and senior guard and All-America candidate, Lehning. Sweat leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points and is the top free throw shooter on the team at .832 (104-of-125). Gipson and Lehning are the second- and third-leading scorers, respectively, at 12.1 and 10.6 points per game. Lehning is the top rebounder and passer at 7.2 rebounds per game and 7.6 assists per game. Gipson leads the team in blocks with 79 on the season (2.9 per game).
Streaks, Trends, Milestones, Etc. Kansas State has recorded the 21st 20-win season in school history and the seventh in the Deb Patterson era... K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 69 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... The Wildcats have three 1,000 point scorers on its roster (Marlies Gipson, Shalee Lehning and Ashley Sweat) for the first time since the 2004-05 season... Three Wildcats have played over 100 games in their career: Shalee Lehning (124), Danielle Zanotti (124) and Marlies Gipson (109)... Wade Trophy and Wooden Award finalist Shalee Lehning is the first player in Big 12 and school history to register two triple-doubles in the same season and holds the Big 12 and school records with four career triple-doubles during K-State's win on Nov. 25 at Arkansas State and at Washington on Dec. 30... Lehning is the K-State career assists queen and ranks third in Big 12 history with 753 assists... She needs 12 assists to pass Stacey Dales of Oklahoma (764) for second in Big 12 history... Only player in Big 12 history with 1,000 points (1,122), 800 rebounds (875) and 700 assists (753)... Lehning has started 117 games which is tied for fourth in school history for career starts... Ranks fourth in school history for career minutes played with 4,062 and is the fourth player in school history to play 4,000 minutes in her career... Lehning ranks 24th in school history in career points with 1,122... Lehning is fourth in career rebounds at K-State with 875 and has the most rebounds by a guard in school history... Lehning is tied for fifth in school history with 227 career steals... Ranks eighth in school history for free throws attempted (419) and ranks 10th in school history for career free throws made (273)... Lehning is sixth in school history for career double-doubles with 18... Senior forward Marlies Gipson has started 109 consecutive games, which is the sixth-longest current streak in the nation... Gipson has scored 1,198 points for her career to rank tied for 17th in school history... Gipson has scored in double figures in 20 of 27 games this season and 71 of 109 career games... Gipson ranks eighth in school history for career rebounds with 768... Gipson owns the school career blocks record with 250 and ranks third in Big 12 history for career blocks... Gipson broke her own school record for blocks in a single season with her 79 this season, breaking her own record of 70 from last season... Gipson owns the record for blocks by a senior and broke Nicole Ohlde's mark of 53 during the 2003-04 season, in the first 14 games this season to set the record... Gipson ranks seventh in school history for career double-doubles with 17... Junior forward Ashley Sweat ranks tied for 17th in school history for career points with 1,198... Ranks 31st in school history for career rebounds with 414... Sweat has scored in double figures in 24 of 27 games this season... Sweat has scored in 93 consecutive games, every game of her career, and is the only current Wildcat to achieve this feat... Sweat has started 73 straight games and has started 78 games in her career... She is the first player since Nicole Ohlde in the 2003-04 season to make at least 100 free throws in a season (104 -125, .832).
Cats Fall Out of AP Top-25; Top-15 in Coaches K-State is receiving votes this week in the Associated Press poll, just out of the top-25 for the first time in 12 weeks. In the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll, K-State dropped one spot from No. 14 to No. 15.
The Wildcats have now appeared in the AP poll for 158 weeks in the program's history, including 12 straight weeks this season.
In the history of the program, K-State has appeared in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll for 88 weeks, including 13 straight weeks this season.
Three Named CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Three Kansas State women's basketball student-athletes were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII Team on Feb. 5. Senior Shalee Lehning was named to the first team, while senior Marlies Gipson and junior Ashley Sweat received second team honors.
Lehning is a two-time Academic All-District VII recipient, earning a third team honor last season. The 5-9 guard from Sublette, Kan., is majoring in electronic journalism and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection.
As a first team selection, Lehning is now a candidate for the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team. In the history of the program, K-State has had four student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors.
Gipson earned her first Academic All-District VII honor and was a 2008 Academic All-Big 12 first team selection. Gipson is an elementary education major.
Sweat also garnered her first Academic All-District VII honor. The 6-2 forward from McPherson, Kan., is a kinesiology major.
Cats Tally Best Start in School History With 14 consecutive wins to open the 2008-09 season, K-State registered the best start in school history, surpassing the 11-0 start in the inaugural season of 1968-69. With the current 21-6 record, this marks the third time in school history that K-State has won 21 games in 27 chances (2001-02 and 2002-03). This is the second-best record after 27 games in school history, tied with the 2001-02 season. The 2002-03 team recorded a 23-2 record after 25 games and was 27-2 after 29 games.
K-State's season-opening 14-game win streak tied the second-longest win streak in school history with the 2001-02 season's 14-game win streak from Nov. 26-Jan. 16. This was the eighth time in school history that the Wildcats tallied a double-digit win streak and the fifth time in the Deb Patterson-era.
With the 14-0 start, K-State secured consecutive unbeaten months for the first time in school history. This is the first time K-State has had two unbeaten months since the 2002-03 season and just the third time in school history.
Marching Toward the Finish Line During the third month of the year but the final month of the basketball season, K-State owns a 100-72 (.581) record in March. March became the fourth month in the program's history to surpass the 100-win plateau. Head coach Deb Patterson is 33-23 (.589) in March, which includes both regular season and postseason contests.
Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W' Since 1999-00 Having the edge after the first 20 minutes of action has proven to be prophetic since the 1999-00 season, as K-State is 175-23 (.884) when leading at the break.
During the last two seasons, K-State has also been able to close the door late in games with a 42-3 (.933) record when leading with five minutes to play.
Wildcats in the Purple Palace Kansas State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum during its 21 seasons of existence with a record of 220-79 (.738). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 121-30 (.801) in Bramlage Coliseum including a 12-1 record this season. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 69-34 (.670).
Wildcats on the Road; Ties record For Road Wins K-State has a 224-222 (.502) record in road games during the program's 41-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 64-42 (.604) mark in road contests and are 81-76 (.516) during Deb Patterson's 13 seasons on the K-State bench.
K-State is currently 9-5 on the road and has tied the school record for road wins in a season of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02). Dating back to last season, the Wildcats have won 17 of their last 22 away contests.
K-State Enjoys Playing for TV Audiences This season Kansas State has played 10 televised contests and holds a 7-3 mark in those games. Overall, the Wildcats are 71-45 (.612) when playing before a televised audience.
Patterson in 13th Season at K-State Deb Patterson, the all-time winningest women's basketball coach and the longest tenured women's basketball coach in Kansas State history, has a career record of 261-144 (.644) and a record of 112-94 (.544) in the Big 12, including Big 12 regular season titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons.
Following the 2007-08 season, Patterson was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league's coaches and a number of media outlets. She also garnered national consideration, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.
Patterson has steered the Wildcats to seven consecutive postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a second round trip during the 2008 NCAA Tournament. She is the only current head coach at K-State to guide his/her team to seven straight postseason appearances. While guiding the Wildcats to seven straight postseason appearances, Patterson has defended the floor in Bramlage Coliseum successfully during this time, posting a 150-40 (.789) record at home.
K-State vs. Big 12 Conference Kansas State is 112-94 (.544) in Big 12 play, including Big 12 titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons. All-time against teams in the Big 12, the Wildcats are 301-249 (.547) as some of these contests took place during K-State's time in the Big 8.
K-State vs. Ranked Opponents Kansas State ended a four-game losing streak to ranked opponents with a 59-52 win over (20/20) Iowa State on Jan. 17. The Wildcats are 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.
K-State was 4-4 against ranked opponents last season, including a four-game winning streak against ranked foes during the Big 12 slate last season.
All-time, K-State is 62-134 (.316) against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll. The Wildcats are 35-37 (.486) in home games against ranked opponents and 16-64 (.200) on the road. Against ranked Big 12 opponents, Kansas State is 46-89 (.341) overall, 29-28 (.509) at home and 11-47 (.190) on the road.
During the Patterson era, K-State is 37-65 (.363) against ranked opponents overall, 23-18 (.561) at home and 9-32 (.220) against ranked foes on the road.
Protecting the Hoop K-State has put together a solid defensive effort during its record start to the season. The Wildcats have held 18 of 26 foes to a field goal percentage below .400, allowing an opponent field goal percentage of .366 for the season. K-State has held 25 of 27 opponents to under 70 points this season and set a new school record for consecutive games for holding an opponent under 70 points to open a season (22). The Wildcats are third in the nation and lead the Big 12 in scoring defense at 52.4 points/game allowed.
K-State's bench mark low for points allowed this season came against Alcorn State, as the Lady Braves scored 22 points on Dec. 5. The 22 points allowed to Alcorn State were the lowest since K-State held Mississippi Valley State to 18 points on Dec. 1, 2006.
Helping keep opponents off the scoreboard has been K-State's effort to block shots. The Wildcats rank fourth in the Big 12 and 65th in the nation in blocks per game at 4.3, while senior Marlies Gipson is second in the Big 12 and is 10th in the nation in blocks per game at 2.9.
During the 2007-08 season, K-State held opponents to the third lowest opponent points per game average in school history at 58.0. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, K-State held 28 of its 32 foes to under 70 points which was the highest number since the 2002-03 season (29).
Working Over the Painted Area After 27 games this season, the Wildcats are outscoring their foes 758-678 (28.1-25.1) in the paint. This represents 45.0 percent of the points scored by the Wildcats this season, while 3-point field goals account for 25.8 percent (435 points) and free throws are 17.3 percent (292 points). K-State has held the edge in points in the paint in 18 of 27 contests this season.
This continues a trend over the last two seasons in which K-State has averaged 38.9 points per game (2,294 points total) in the painted area. The Wildcats held their opponents to an average of 32.4 (1,914) in the lane.
Sharing is Caring for K-State Kansas State has enjoyed sharing the basketball amongst itself this season, as K-State has tallied 20 or more assists four times including a season-high 24 against Central Arkansas on Jan. 3. K-State is second in the Big 12 in assists per game (14.3 apg) and is 68th in the nation. A season ago, the Wildcats registered six games with 20 or more assists and registered a season-high of 28 twice.
The Wildcats lead the Big 12 and are 12th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with a ratio of 1.0. A season ago, Kansas State led the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.06 and finished 16th in the nation in the category. The Wildcats were the first team to win a conference title while leading the league in assist-to-turnover ratio since the 2003-04 season when K-State set the Big 12 record at 1.33.
Bench Boost for Wildcats This Season Through the 27 games this season, K-State's bench has outscored the opponents' bench, 334-295 (12.4 ppg - 10.9 ppg). The Wildcats bench has been boosted by the efforts of senior guard Kelsey Nelson (4.1), sophomore guard Shalin Spani (3.9 ppg) and freshman forward Jalana Childs (3.5).
K-State's top effort this season from its bench came against Alcorn State on Dec. 5 with 38 points. The Wildcats' bench has scored 20 or more points three times this season.
Following the 2007-08 season, K-State tallied a 487-383 advantage in bench points (15.2 ppg - 12.0 ppg).
Three 1,000 Point Scorers on Roster On Jan. 21 at Texas Tech, Ashley Sweat became the third Wildcat this season and the 36th in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau for her career. Sweat ranks tied for 17th in school history with 1,198 points scored and is the first junior to reach the mark since the 2003-04 season when Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney surpassed the mark.
Earlier this season, Marlies Gipson became the 34th player in Kansas State history to surpass 1,000 points for her career during K-State's win at Indiana State. Gipson's current total of 1,198 points are tied with Sweat for 17th in school history.
Gipson was followed onto the list by Shalee Lehning, as she surpassed the plateau on Dec. 30 at Washington with 19 points. Lehning is the 35th career 1,000-point scorer in school history and has a career total of 1,122 to rank 24th in school history.
K-State now has three 1,000-point scorers on the roster for the first time since the 2003-04 season (Kendra Wecker, Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney).
Sweat is Offensive Ashley Sweat has been K-State's top scorer since the beginning of the 2008-09 season and has continued the trend into Big 12 action averaging 17.4 points per game in conference play to rank fourth in the league. The junior from McPherson, Kan., has led the Wildcats in scoring in 19 of the 27 games this season and has scored in double figures in 24 of the 27 games this season. Sweat is averaging 16.7 points per game (4th in Big 12; 63rd in the nation) on a .491 field goal percentage (6th in Big 12; 65th in nation).
In the last seven games, Sweat has registered 137 points (19.6 ppg), including a team season-high 31 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 13-of-13 from the free throw line against Oklahoma State on Feb. 15. This was the second time this season Sweat has surpassed the 30-point barrier, as she tallied 30 at Washington State on Dec. 28 with 14-of-19 shooting. She was also the first Wildcat to tally 14 made field goals in a game since Nicole Ohlde registered 14 against Missouri on Jan. 7, 2004.
Sweat is Offensive, Part 2 Ashley Sweat continues to climb the career scoring list this season with 1,198 points for her career to rank tied for 17th in school history. She is the first junior to surpass the 1,000 point total since Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney surpassed the mark during the 2003-04 season.
She also became the 16th player in school history to surpass the 400-point mark in her junior season, with 452 points on the year. The school record for points by a junior is 625 by Nicole Ohlde during the 2002-03 season.
No Sweat for Sweat at the Line Junior forward Ashley Sweat has taken advantage of her free throw attempts recently, converting 52-of-58 (.897) free throw attempts in the last seven games including a school record streak of 33 consecutive conversions. In consecutive home games on Feb. 15 and Feb. 21, Sweat made 13 free throws going 13-of-13 from the charity stripe against Oklahoma State and 13-of-16 against Colorado. This was the highest number of made free throws in a game since March 21, 2004 when Nicole Ohlde was 15-of-21 against Valparaiso in the first round of the NCAA?Tournament. It was also the highest number of converted free throws in a conference game since Jan. 27, 2004 when Nicole Ohlde was 14-of-17 against Baylor.
Against Colorado, Sweat set the school record for free throws made (13) and attempted (16) in a half surpassing the previous mark of 12 conversions by Nicole Ohlde (3/21/04) and Nadira Hazim (3/3/90). Hazim had the record for free throws attempted in a half with 15.
This season, Sweat has made and attempted a team-high 104-of-125 (.832). She is the first player to make 100 free throws in a season since Nicole Ohlde made 136 during the 2003-04 season. Sweat ranks fifth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage.
Sweat Reaches Second Career List Junior forward Ashley Sweat has etched her name on the second career list of the season, ranking 31st in school history for career rebounds with 414. She needs four rebounds to pass Kim Woodlee (1997-01; 417) for 30th in school history. Sweat could join a third career list this season, she needs just one blocked shot to tie for 10th in school history with Carlisa Thomas (1983-87; 53).
The product of McPherson, Kan., is averaging a career-high 5.2 rebounds per contest and has 17 games with five or more rebounds this season.
Sweat became the 25th player in school history to register 1,000 points (1,198) and 400 rebounds (414) in her career. She is the third player to reach this plateau this season, joining Shalee Lehning (1,122 points and 875 rebounds) and Marlies Gipson (1,198 points and 768 rebounds).
Three Reach Century Mark for Career Games Shalee Lehning and Marlies Gipson have appeared in the K-State starting lineup since their freshmen seasons of 2005-06 and each has now surpassed the 100-start mark for their career and ranks among the national leaders.
Lehning's 117 career starts ranks tied for fourth in school history with Eileen Feeney (1976-80; 117). In career games played, Lehning ranks tied for ninth in school history with 124 games played. She is tied with current teammate Danielle Zanotti and former teammate Claire Coggins (2003-07).
Lehning has played 4,062 career minutes in her career to rank fourth in school history and is the fourth player in school history to play 4,000 minutes in her career. To surpass the school record for minutes played held by Kendra Wecker (2001-05; 4,141) in the regular season, Lehning will need to play 79 minutes in the remaining two regular season games or 39.5 minutes per game. This season, Lehning is fourth in the Big 12 in minutes played at 34.4 per game. Gipson reached the century mark at Kansas on Jan. 24 and she ranks sixth in the nation among active players for consecutive starts with 109.
Gipson has started every game she has played during her time at K-State, 109, and is the only player on the roster to achieve this feat. She ranks 10th in school history for career starts.
Lehning The Queen of Assists Shalee Lehning became the Kansas State all-time leader in career assists, passing Megan Mahoney (2002-05; 589) for the milestone on Nov. 23 against UTSA. Lehning finished the game with a career-high and a school record-tying 13 assists and currently ranks third in Big 12 history with 753 career assists. Lehning needs just 12 assists to pass Stacey Dales of Oklahoma (764) for second in Big 12 history.
With her eight assists against Missouri on Feb. 4, Lehning broke the school record for assists by a senior and has 182 for the season. Lehning also holds the assists record by a freshman (189), a sophomore (179) and a junior (203). Her total from the 2007-08 season of 203 assists is the single season school record for assists and was the first player to surpass the 200-assist barrier in a season.
Through the 24 games she has played this season, Lehning has tallied 182 assists (7.6 apg), including eight games with 10 or more assists. Her assists per game average is second in the nation as of Feb. 23, 2009 and leads the Big 12 in the category. She is ranked 12th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and leads the Big 12 at 2.1.
Lehning First Member of 1000/800/700 Club Shalee Lehning is the first player in Big 12 history to register 1,000 points (1,122), 800 rebounds (875) and 700 assists (753) in her career.
She also became the fifth player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 points and 700 assists for her career. Lehning is also one of five players in school history to score 1,000 points and pull in 800 rebounds in her career.
Lehning the Scorer When most people think of senior guard Shalee Lehning, they immediately think of a tremendous distributor of the basketball but she has also scored the ball at an 10.6 point clip this season and ranks 26th in the Big 12 in the category. She tallied a season-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting against Iowa State on Jan. 17.
Lehning became the 35th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 30 at Washington with 19 points and she has scored 1,122 career points to rank 24th in school history.
Lehning the Rebounder Despite being 5-9 and playing the point guard position, Shalee Lehning continues to mix it up with the big girls inside. Lehning is currently the leading rebounder for the Wildcats with 172 rebounds on the season (7.2 rpg) and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in the category.
Lehning's career rebounding total stands at 875, ranking fourth in school history and is the most by a guard in school history. For her career, Lehning has 29 career games with 10 or more rebounds, including a career-high and school record-tying total of 20 rebounds against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6, 2005. When Lehning has hauled in six or more rebounds in a game, the Wildcats are 60-24 (.714).
Gipson?Moves Up Career Scoring, Rebounding Senior Marlies Gipson has been a consistent scoring threat in the post for the Wildcats this season, averaging 12.1 points per game (17th in Big 12). She has been efficient when scoring the ball as well, with a field goal percentage of .497 to rank sixth in the conference and 59th in the nation. This season, Gipson has scored in double figures in 20 of 27 games.
With her consistent scoring, Gipson has improved her career point total to currently rank tied for 17th in school history with a total of 1,198 points.
Gipson has also improved on another career category during this season, as she became the 11th player in school history to register 700 rebounds for her career and ranks eighth in school history for career rebounds with 768. She currently ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 6.6 rebounds per game. Gipson is the second player this season and the 10th player in school history to record 1,000 points and 700 rebounds for her career.
Gipson's Incredible Rejection Pace Marlies Gipson became the Kansas State career blocks leader, as she tallied six blocked shots at Indiana State on Dec. 20 to surpass Nicole Ohlde's record of 204. Gipson now has 250 blocks for her career and ranks third in Big 12 history in the category. She is the shortest player in Big 12 history to register 200 or more blocks for her career at six feet tall.
When comparing the career blocks numbers of Ohlde and Gipson, one must remember that Gipson lost the final 18 games of her sophomore season because of injury. In Ohlde's career, she played in 126 games (4,103 career minutes) and rejected 204 shots which is one block every 20.1 minutes played. Gipson has played in 109 games (3,113 career minutes) and has blocked 250 shots which is one block every 12.5 minutes played. This season, Gipson has blocked a shot every 10.5 minutes.
Gipson, Queen of the Blocks Marlies Gipson leads the Wildcats and is second in the Big 12 with 79 blocks (2.9 bpg) and is ranked 10th in the nation in the category. She has a school record 14 career games with five or more blocks and has eight such contests this season.
During the last 59 games that she has played, Gipson has blocked 149 shots (2.5 bpg) which would rank tied for third in school history for a career. Gipson's total of 79 blocks this season has set the school record for blocks in a single season and blocks by a senior. She broke her own school record for blocks in a season of 70 and surpassed the record for blocks by a senior of 53 held by Nicole Ohlde during the 2003-04 season, in just 14 games.
Full Nelson Senior guard Kelsey Nelson has been a valuable component of the K-State bench this season, averaging 4.1 points per game and 2.2 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per contest.
In her third start of the season against Colorado on Feb. 21, the product of Riley, Kan., notched a personal season-best 14 points on a career-high tying 6-of-11 shooting and hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Nelson has tallied double figures five times this season and has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 11 games this season.
Kincaid Kaboom Kari Kincaid has been K-State's top three-point shooter this season, as she has connected on 44-of-126 (.349) from beyond the arc this season. The 44 three-point field goals made by Kincaid this season are a new career-high, surpassing her previous best of 37 from last season. Kincaid ranks seventh in the Big 12 in 3-points field goal percentage and 10th in 3-point field goals made per game at 1.6.
Kincaid has carded two or more made 3-point attempts in 11 games this season, including a season-high 5-of-8 against UTSA, which was her highest output from long distance since hitting six against Michigan State in Cancun on Nov. 22, 2007.
Sweet Childs of Mine Freshman forward Jalana Childs has emerged during the last five games for the Wildcats as she is averaging 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes played with three starts.
Childs garnered Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 16 following her first career start. In her first career start as a Wildcat, Childs registered her first career double-double with career-highs of 14 points and 16 rebounds in a career-best 32 minutes. This was the second time Childs has recorded double figures in points, as she registered 13 points against UTSA on Nov. 23. Childs, a product of Orlando, Fla., notched a new season-high for the Wildcats with her 16 rebounds and pulled down the most rebounds by a freshman since Shalee Lehning tied the school record with 20 rebounds on Dec. 6, 2005 against Louisiana Tech.