Feb. 2, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - Lulu Perry tied her career-high with 21 points and Kelia Shelton and Whitney Frazier both scored in double figures to lead Louisiana Tech to a 78-62 win over UT Arlington Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference action at College Park Center.
Perry hit 6-of-7 field goals, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 6-of-7 free throws as the Benton star helped the Lady Techsters build an early lead and eventually push it out to as many as 31 before coasting to the win.
"I thought we did a lot of things well," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "I thought in the first half we really defended them well and made it tough. We executed on the offensive end for most of the game.
"However, we have to learn how to close games. We didn't do a good job of that down the stretch. We have to have better clock management. And we have to do a better job of finishing when we have the advantage."
With the win, Tech improved to 10-11 overall, 6-4 in WAC play while UT Arlington fell to 3-17 overall, 1-9 in league action.
After the two teams traded buckets in the early minutes of the game, Tech used the first of three 11-0 runs in the game to build a 15-4 advantage on Frazier knocked down her seventh three-pointer of the year with 14:49 to play.
The Mavs used a 7-3 run to trim the deficit down to seven before Brittany Lewis scored five straight points to ignite another 11-0 run as the Lady Techsters led 29-11 after a Jasmine Bryant layup with 6:22 to play in the opening half.
Tech shot 52 percent (14-27) from the field in the first half while holding UT Arlington to only 25 percent (8-32) as the Lady Techsters led 36-19 at the break.
Both teams then began utilizing their reserves freely and the Mavs showed signs of life as Chauntandra Williams and Rosalyn Thorpe spearheaded a UT Arlington push. A layup by Thorpe with 5:46 to play in the game cut the Tech deficit to 64-44 as Weatherspoon reinserted her starters for the remainder of the game.
With Tech leading only by 18 and the shot clock running down, Perry drilled a long three-pointer over a UT Arlington defender with 4:51 to play as Perry scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the final half.
"Lulu is really starting to get more comfortable," said Weatherspoon of her freshman guard who has averaged 18.0 points per game over the last four contests. "She made good decisions tonight as far as shot selection. She is still growing and transitioning to the college game. She hit some tough shots with people in her face."
In addition to Perry's big night, Shelton added 17 points and Frazier 15 points. Tech shot 45 percent (25-56) for the game, including 6-of-9 from the three-point line and 22-of-30 from the free throw line.
Desherra Nwanguma led UT Arlington with 15 points while Williams added 14 points and Thorpe 10 points. The Mavs shot 35 percent (21-60) from the field, including 3-of-13 from the three-point line and 17-of-22 from the free throw line.
Tech improved to 12-0 all-time against UT Arlington.
The Lady Techsters return to action Thursday when they travel to face UTSA at 7 p.m. in San Antonio.