Feb. 9, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Louisiana Tech freshman forward Whitney Frazier has shown flashes of brilliance during the first 22 games of her collegiate career.
On Thursday evening at the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum, Frazier showed 20 straight minutes of it as she scored a career-high 25 points - all coming in the second half - to lead the Lady Techsters to a come-from-behind 82-76 win over Utah State before 948 fans.
The El Dorado, Arkansas native saved her best for last as she scored 14 points during the final six minutes, including every point in an 8-2 run that saw LA Tech take the lead in the final 60 seconds of play.
With Tech trailing 72-66 after a Brooke Jackson layup with 3:34 to play, senior guard Angie Felton drained a three-pointer that started a game-ending 16-4 run. Following Felton's three-pointer, Frazier scored eight straight points including a 12-foot jumper in the lane with only 46 seconds remaining to put Tech up 75-74.
After a Utah State timeout, Frazier stepped in front of the inbounds pass on the sideline in front of the Aggies bench and went coast to coast for a layup to up the LA Tech advantage to 77-74. Utah State guard Devyn Christensen, who led the Aggies with 22 points, then came up short on a 25-footer and Brittany Hardy pulled down the rebound and was fouled.
Hardy sank both free throws and Tech hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to pull away for the victory which avenged a 79-62 loss to the Aggies in Ruston on Jan. 14.
However, the story of the night was Frazier. Entering the game averaging 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, the 6-foot forward was held scoreless in an opening half that saw Tech enter the locker room leading 32-29. Tech ended the half on a 9-0 run capped by a Kanedria Andrews three-pointer with 1:01 to play.
Frazier scored 11 points in the second half before picking up her fourth personal foul with 11:36 to play in a tie game. Tech coach Teresa Weatherspoon substituted for Frazier who sat along with frontcourt teammate Shantale Bramble-Donaldson, who also had four fouls.
Trailing 64-60 with just under seven minutes to play, the duo was inserted back into the game. Less than 30 seconds later, Bramble-Donaldson picked up her fifth foul, exiting the game for the night.
Seeing her frontcourt teammate go to the bench only inspired Frazier, who scored 14 of the next 17 points for the Lady Techsters who improved to 7-0 all-time in Logan.
Frazier added seven rebounds - six offensive - one block and one steal in only 24 minutes of action. Bramble-Donaldson finished with 12 points and nine rebounds while Jasmine Bendolph added 11 points and eight assists and Hardy chipped in with 10 points.
Tech won despite allowing Utah State to shoot 52 percent (27-52) from the field, including 64 percent (16-25) in the second half. The Lady Techsters shot 48 percent (30-63) from the field, 9-of-22 from the three-point line and 13-of-17 from the free throw line.
In addition to Christensen's 22 points, Brooke Jackson and Ashlee Brown each added 14 points and Maddy Plunkett 12 points for the Aggies.
Tech returns to action Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT when they travel to face Idaho at the Cowan Spectrum.