Jan. 20, 2013
SEATTLE - Ashley Ward scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as Seattle jumped out to a big first half lead en route to a 64-47 win over Louisiana Tech before 585 fans at the Connolly Center Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference play.
Seattle (10-6, 7-0 WAC) forced 16 first half turnovers and scored 18 points off of those turnovers as the Redhawks held a 21-point halftime lead at 34-13.
Tech (8-9, 4-3 WAC) shot just 23 percent (6-23) in the first half, including 0-of-8 from the three-point line and only 1-of-5 at the free throw line.
After junior guard Jelena Vucinic gave Tech its only lead of the game at 4-2 on a driving layup with 16:16 remaining in the first half, Ward answered with a jumper less than one minute later that ignited a 12-0 run as the Redhawks led 14-4 at the midway point of the opening half.
The lead remained at 10 at 18-8 following a Brittany Lewis layup with 8:52 to play when Seattle used a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to push its advantage to 32-10. Seattle led 34-13 at the half.
Brenda Adhiambo opened the second half with a layup to give the Redhawks their biggest lead of the game at 36-13 before LA Tech began to rally.
A Whitney Frazier jumper with 17:02 to play in the game cut the deficit to 38-22. Seattle maintained its advantage as another Frazier layup with 9:23 to play trimmed the Redhawk lead to 46-31.
Four straight points by Frazier, including the last two on free throws with 5:15 to play, pulled Tech to within 12 points at 53-41. However, it was as close as LA Tech would get as Seattle held on for the win.
Frazier led Tech with 14 points while Brittany Lewis added 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Janay Borum tied her career-high with seven assists while adding four rebounds and four steals. Jelena Vucinic tied her career-high with five steals.
The Redhawks outrebounded Tech 55-39.