Techsters Drop Overtime Heartbreaker


 

 

Jan. 26, 2013

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RUSTON - Jenna Johnson's layup with five seconds to play in overtime lifted Utah State to a 76-75 win over Louisiana Tech before 2,248 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night.

Johnson's layup came off an inbounds play by the Aggies (10-10, 7-2 WAC) under their own basket with LA Tech (9-10, 5-4 WAC) leading by one. Tech pushed the basketball up the court following the layup but an off-balance three-point attempt by Kanedria Andrews at the buzzer was off the mark as Utah State won for the third time in eight trips to Ruston.

After trailing for a large part of the second half, LA Tech used an 11-0 run over a three-minute stretch to take a 56-47 lead with 6:28 to play as Lulu Perry scored five points and Whitney Frazier four points during the stretch.

However, Utah State rallied to tie the game at 62-62 as the Aggies scored six straight points on offensive rebounds and put-backs as Elise Nelson's layup off a miss with 1:22 left tied the game. Tech regained a two-point lead on a layup by Brittany Lewis with 58 seconds to play in regulation before Johnson tied the game again just 14 seconds later.

Lewis gave Tech a 66-64 lead with 19 seconds to play in the game before the Aggies once again tied it up as Franny Vaaulu scored in the paint with nine seconds remaining to tie the game. Tech got one final shot in regulation but Kelia Shelton's contested jumper bounced off the rim, sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, Tech held a 75-72 advantage after two free throws by Shelton with 2:18 to play but it would be the final points of the game for the Lady Techsters. Jennifer Schlott's two free throws with 2:10 to play closed the gap to 75-74.

After neither team was able to score on its next few possessions, Tech had an opportunity to add to its lead but Shelton's 15-footer with 20 seconds to play rimmed in and out, giving the Aggies one last chance.

Schott's driving layup was blocked by Lewis out of bounds with eight seconds to play in overtime, setting up the final heroics by Johnson.

Lewis led Tech with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Frazier and Perry each scored 16 points and Shelton added 15 points. Vaaulu led Utah State with 20 points while Johnson scored 15 points.

For the game, Tech shot 43 percent (28-65) from the field and 15-of-18 from the free throw line while Utah State shot 37 percent (27-74) from the field and 18-of-24 from the charity stripe. Tech outrebounded USU 45-41.

The Lady Techsters also held one of the WAC's leading scorers Devyn Christensen to only eight points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Tech returns to action Wednesday when it travels to face UALR at 7 p.m. in Little Rock.