Lofton, Walker headline Tech’s all-conference selections

IMPACTFUL JUNIOR: Kenneth Lofton Jr. has been one of the top players in Conference USA all season, so the Louisiana Tech star earned first-team all-conference honors Monday.

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RUSTON – Five Louisiana Tech basketball players, with Kenneth Lofton, Jr. of the Bulldogs and Lady Techster star Keiunna Walker leading the way, earned Conference USA postseason honors Monday.

Lofton, Cobe Williams and Kaleb Stewart represented the men’s program, with Lofton getting first-team all-conference recognition. The dynamic duo of Walker a first-team pick, and second-team selection Anna Larr Robertson carried the Tech flag on the women’s all-conference roster.

Williams was named to the men’s All-Defensive Team and received honorable mention status on the all-conference team. Stewart was one of five true freshmen selected to the league’s All-Freshman Team.

Lofton leads LA Tech in scoring with an average of 16.4 points (fifth in C-USA), having recorded 25 double-digit scoring games as well as eight 20-point performances while shooting 54 percent from the field (second in C-USA).

The power forward, who was a third-team selection last season, is averaging a league-best 10.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th in the country. He has 16 double-doubles, which is the ninth most in the nation. He is currently the only Division I men’s player to have at least 475 points, 300 rebounds, 80 assists, 35 steals and 20 blocks.

Williams contributed 14 points per game during C-USA play (17th-best in the league) while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. The point guard anchored the Bulldogs in assists with 97, which ranks 14th in C-USA.

For a second straight season, Williams was one of five players to be named All-Defensive Team. He has totaled 35 steals while anchoring a defense that ranks No. 2 in defensive efficiency in the conference.

Walker, a junior guard, led the Techsters with 18.3 ppg on 41.8 percent shooting from the floor. She

enjoyed a milestone season as she surpassed career marks of 1,000 points, 100 steals, 100 assists, 100 charges taken, and 100 games played.

Walker also registered the fourth triple-double in program history joining Tasha Williams, Shantel Hardison, and Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Angela Turner with a 27-point, 15-rebound, 10-assist outing against Rice in a double-overtime thriller. It was the first 25-15-10 stat line in Techsters’ history.

Roberson is averaging 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds while posting eight double-doubles. Her points per game ranked third in the conference while her rebounds and double-doubles ranked second.

Roberson shot 52.8 percent from the floor, which ranked No. 3 in C-USA and was second in the league in free-throw percentage at 87.5 percent.

She recorded an historic career-high performance of 44 points in the double-overtime win against Rice on 20-28 shooting. Her 44-point night is the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history while her 20 made field goals tied a program record set in 1975 by Belinda Jones. Roberson followed that with a 31-point outing in a win at Old Dominion.

Photo by KANE MCGUIRE, Louisiana Tech