Jan. 25, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane built an 18-point second half lead and then held off a late Louisiana Tech rally as the Green Wave defeated the Lady Techsters 75-61 Saturday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Junior guard Chrisstasia Walter hit a three-pointer and then Perry and Frazier scored eight straight points as Tech (6-13, 1-5 C-USA) began to cut into the Green Wave lead. When freshman Kevione Moten hit two free throws with 5:51 to play, Tulane's lead had shrunk to 61-52.
However, Green Wave point guard guard Jamie Kaplan wouldn't allow the come-back to be complete as she scored 10 of her 18 points down the stretch, including two big buckets as the shot clock expired.
"The first half was a great start for us - a great start of ball movement then the ball finds the right person at the right time," said LA Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We were taking our time and being very patient offensively. Defensively we were pretty aggressive, not allowing them to take the open looks that they normally would get and making it a little difficult. There were some miscues defensively. Then they broke loose by getting offensive put-backs. We turned the ball over. They kind of stepped it up defensively on us and we turned the ball over, and that kind of fell in their favor. Momentum kind of shifted."
Frazier led Tech with her ninth double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Perry added 17 points. Walter scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and added eight assists in the loss.
Tech came out of the gates strong as the Lady Techsters built a six-point lead at 20-14 when Whitney Frazier scored with 10:59 to play in the opening half. However, Tech went cold over the next 11 minutes as Tulane closed the half on a 21-6 run to take a 35-26 halftime advantage.
After committing only four turnovers in the first 17 minutes of the game, Tech committed six in the final three minutes of the first half and six in the first five minutes of the second half. The 11 turnovers allowed Tulane to take a four-point lead and turn it into 18.
The Lady Techsters return to action Saturday when they host UTSA at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.