Jan. 30, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lulu Perry scored 14 points and Whitney Frazier added 11 points but UALR used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to pull away for a 74-52 win over Louisiana Tech Wednesday night at the Jack Stephens Center.
UALR (14-7), which entered the game ranked in the top five in the country in defense, held the Lady Techsters (9-11) to only 32 percent shooting (19-60) from the field while outrebounding LA Tech 48-35. The Trojans also recorded 11 blocked shots in the game.
"It's difficult to explain," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "They don't have a difficult offense to defend. They are a very good team, but we didn't give the effort we needed to give. Every game is important. It's all about our kids. Do they want to get it done? We shouldn't have to continue to coach effort every night.
"We allowed (UALR) to get into a rhythm early. We allowed them to feel good about themselves. We should approach every game the same. That's how competitors do it. We didn't do that tonight."
Behind six early points by Perry, Tech took an 8-7 lead with 15:55 to play in the opening half. However, it would be short-lived as went the next four minutes without a point and the next five-plus minutes without a field goal as UALR built a 21-8 advantage.
The Trojans would hold Tech to only 23 percent (7-30) shooting in the opening period as they took a 40-21 lead into the halftime locker room.
Tech scored the first two buckets of the second half as Brittany Lewis hit a layup and a 15-foot jumper to carve the deficit down to 40-25. It was as close as the Lady Techsters would get as UALR eventually pushed the advantage out to as many as 26 in the second half.
Perry finished the night with 14 points, three assists and two rebounds while Frazier added 11 points and four rebounds for Tech. Lewis chipped in with nine points.
UALR shot 44 percent (25-57) from the field for the game and 21-of-30 from the free throw line while Tech ended the night shooting just 32 percent (19-60).
The Lady Techsters return to action Saturday when they return to WAC play to face UT Arlington at 6 p.m.