Jan. 12, 2008
RUSTON - Jackie Lee scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as Boise State defeated Louisiana Tech 85-68 before 4,537 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night.
Amanda Stewart and Jamia Malone each added 14 points while Tasha Harris and Jessica Thompson each scored 10 as the Broncos improved to 9-6, 2-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.
"Boise State was just better than us tonight in every phase of the game," said Tech head coach Chris Long. "They executed their offense extremely well. They are tough to guard. We just didn't do a good enough job on the defensive end, and we gave them way too many second chances. They shot 27 three-pointers which led to a lot of long rebounds."
Levingston came out of the gates on fire for Tech, as her third three-pointer in the first five minutes of the game tied the score at 11-11 with 15:25 to play. However, Boise State used an 11-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 22-13 lead.
The Broncos held onto a nine-point advantage at 33-24 on a layup by Jackie Lee with 4:35 to play before Tech used a 6-0 run to close the gap to 33-30 on a Levingston jumper with 3:15 to play.
Levingston scored all 17 of her points in the first half.
"They were helping down inside on our post players and we ran Tub off some screens and got her some open looks," Long said. "She did a nice job of stepping up and knocking them down in the first half and really kept us in it."
Boise State used a 12-0 run which covered the final three minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the second half to increase the lead to 45-30. Tech would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the game.
Boise State shot 44 percent (32-73) from the field, including 9-of-27 from the three-point line, and outrebounded Tech 49-39, including pulling down 22 offensive boards.
Tech shot 38 percent (25-66) from the field, including 6-of-20 from the three-point line.
The Lady Techsters return to action Saturday when they host New Mexico State.