Jan. 24, 2008
RENO - Mikail Price hit a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds to play to seal a 74-70 win by Nevada over Louisiana Tech Thursday night at the Lawlor Events Center.
Tech (8-10, 2-3 WAC) led 65-60 with over five minutes to play but the Lady Techsters didn't register a field goal in the final 4:28 of the game as the Wolf Pack (13-5, 4-1 WAC) pulled out the win.
With Nevada leading 72-70, Tech had an opportunity to tie the game but freshman Adrienne Johnson's 15-footer bounced off the rim and Price pulled down the defensive rebound and hit the two free throws to seal the victory.
"I'm very proud of our basketball team," said Tech head coach Chris Long. "We came in here and really grew up tonight. This one is going to be hard to swallow. We played well enough to win and had our chances.
"Adrienne got a great look at the basket that would have tied it but just barely missed. She's a young player who is only going to get better and better, and I think she took a big step forward tonight."
Nevada led 39-34 at the half before Tech went on an offensive tear in the final 20 minutes, shooting 63 percent (15-24) from the field.
Trailing 41-34, Tech used a 9-0 run to grab its first lead of the game at 43-41 on a Shanavia Dowdell jumper at the 15:39 mark.
The game went back and forth with the two teams combining for 12 lead changes and six ties in the second half with Tech's biggest lead coming at 65-60. However, six turnovers in the final five minutes proved to be too much for the Lady Techsters to overcome.
"I thought we did a good job of running our offense against some great pressure," Long said. "We did turn it over too many times but there's a reason Nevada ranks second in the country in forcing turnovers. People consistently try to take away our inside game but we keep finding ways to get the ball inside.
Johnson and Jo Sneed led Tech with 18 points while Shanavia Dowdell added 14 points and Tarkeisha Wysinger chipped in with 11. Sneed also grabbed 12 rebounds to register her WAC-leading 13th double double of the season.
Dellena Criner led Nevada with 17 points, while Brandi Fitgerald and Mikail Price added 12 each and Bre'Ana Henry scored 11.
Tech returns to action Saturday night when it travels to Utah State for an 8 p.m. tipoff.