Feb. 8, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.V. -- Whitney Frazier had a career day against Marshall. Louisiana Tech did not.
The junior forward scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 12th double double of the year. Frazier's jump shot with 11:06 to play in the game was also a milestone as she became the 41st player in Lady Techster history to join the 1,000 point club.
However, while Frazier was hitting on all cylinders against the Thundering Herd, the Lady Techsters were misfiring as Tech fell 69-55 at Cam Henderson Center Saturday afternoon.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon watched Frazier connect on 11-of-21 field goals in the game but saw the rest of her squad combine to hit only 10-of-50 field goals in the loss.
"We were a step slow all day," Weatherspoon said. "We talked about it as a staff at the half. We just seemed sluggish. We had two tough travel days to get here but that's still no excuse. When you play a team like Marshall who is hungry for a win, you have to play just as hungry. We didn't do that.
"I thought Whitney showed why she is our leader. While very little was going right for us, she continued to fight and find a way to keep us in the game. She is a special player. I love coaching this kid. However, as a team, we have to figure out a way to win away from home."
After playing one of its best games of the season Wednesday in El Paso, Tech (7-15, 2-7 C-USA) wasn't able to find the same rhythm against Marshall. During a first half that saw Tech enter the locker room trailing 30-20, Frazier scored 14 points while Lulu Perry and Brittney Jefferson each added three points.
Tech shot only 25 percent (7-28) from the field in the opening half, including only 1-of-18 from Lady Techster players not sporting the name Frazier on the back of the jersey. And defensively, the entire team was a step slow. Although Marshall hit only 13-of-34 shots in the opening 20 minutes, nine of the 13 field goals were layups.
The 10-point deficit stayed the same when Frazier hit a layup with 12:52 to play in the game. However, an 8-0 run by the Thundering Herd over the next 60 seconds saw the lead balloon to 18 at 47-29 as McKenzie Adams connected on back-to-back three-pointers. Adams led Marshall with 18 points, including hitting 4-of-7 three-pointers.
Tech would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
In addition to Frazier's big night, Perry added 11 points and Savanna Langston pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds.
For the game, Tech shot 30 percent (21-71) from the field, 4-of-19 from the three-point line and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Marshall shot 35 percent (24-69) from the field, including 5-of-17 from the three-point line and 16-of-29 from the free throw line.
The Lady Techsters return to action Thursday when they host Charlotte at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net.