Techsters Win No. 500 in Ruston

Jan. 10, 2013

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RUSTON - Kelia Shelton and Whitney Frazier both recorded double doubles to lead Louisiana Tech to a 71-58 win over Texas State Thursday night for the program's 500th win all-time in Ruston.

The Lady Techsters (7-7, 3-1 WAC) scored the first nine points of the game, built as much as an 18-point first half lead and never looked back in defeating the Bobcats (6-9, 0-5 WAC) in Western Athletic Conference action.

With the victory, LA Tech recorded another milestone as it marked the 500th win in games played in Ruston as the Lady Techsters program is now 500-53 all-time at home.

"What an awesome milestone," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "This is a very special place to play. I had the opportunity to play in front of amazing fans and against amazing programs. And for our young ladies to win No. 500 in this fashion ... we hope everyone is proud of them."

Shelton and Frazier got the game started quickly for the Lady Techsters as the sophomore duo combined to score the first 12 points as Tech jumped out to an early double digit lead. A Frazier three-pointer at the 15:24 mark of the opening half gave the Lady Techsters a 12-2 advantage.

"We did a good job of attacking," Weatherspoon said. "We put them on their heels early. It was important because they are a team that can really score. I thought our post players did a good job of being physical in the painted area and not allowing them to control it."

Lulu Perry and Brittany Lewis came off the LA Tech bench and led a strong performance from the reserves as they combined to score 14 first half points. A Perry three-pointer at the 9:06 mark gave Tech a 24-12 lead and a Lewis layup just over three minutes later gave the Lady Techsters a 32-14 advantage - its biggest of the game.

Frazier scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first half while Shelton added seven points and eight boards as LA Tech led 39-25 at the break. Tech, which ended the game plus 18 in rebounds, shot 47 percent (16-34) from the field in the opening half and outrebounded the Bobcats 29-16.

"We were crashing the boards," Weatherspoon said. "Our guards were physical to the boards. We didn't accept box outs. They see the ball go up and they put themselves in great position to get second and third chances.

"Whitney Frazier is special player who wants to get better every day. Even in practice this is how she works. This is nothing new. She is in tremendous shape. She is productive and she sets the tone. She gets it done."

Tech maintained its double digit lead for the majority of the second half although a three-pointer by Erin Peoples with 9:04 to play in the game cut the deficit to 50-43.

However, Shelton scored seven points during a 15-5 run over the next six minutes as the lead ballooned back out to 17. Texas State got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Defensively, Tech held Texas State - which entered the game as the WAC's No. 1 scoring team - to 17 points below their season average. The Lady Techsters held the Bobcats to only 35 percent shooting on 23-of-66, including only 8-of-24 from beyond the arc.

"It was one of our best defensive jobs of the season," Weatherspoon said. "We still have a lot to do. Our transition defense has to get better. We got lost a number of times. We have to make sure as coaches we get into practice and continue to teach so it becomes just second nature to them."

Shelton ended the night with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Frazier added 15 points and a career-high 15 boards.

Diamond Ford led Texas State with 25 points while Peoples added 15 points and Ashley Ezeh scored 12 points.

Tech returns to action Saturday when it hosts UTSA at 7 p.m.




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