Feb. 13, 2014
RUSTON - Lulu Perry scored a game-high 19 points and Whitney Frazier added 15 points but Charlotte took advantage of Louisiana Tech's lack of transition defense in the second half to pull away from the Lady Techsters 85-61 Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Leading 32-30 after a first half that saw five ties and 11 lead changes, the 49ers (11-11, 5-4 C-USA) sprinted past the Lady Techsters in the opening seven minutes of the final stanza. Charlotte used a 23-10 run to extend its advantage to 55-40 with 12:40 to play and never looked back as Tech (7-16, 2-8) never got closer than 11 points the rest of the game.
"We didn't get back defensively (in the second half)," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We allowed them to get stops and then push the basketball in transition and score. Charlotte pushed it and we didn't get back and stop them. It's as simple as that."
After shooting 42 percent (14-33) from the field in the opening half, Charlotte came out strong offensively in the second half. The 49ers hit three mid-range jumpers in the opening two minutes and then attacked the lane and scored three straight layups as the lead was extended to 48-37 with 15:31 to play.
Following a three-pointer by Frazier with under 14 minutes to play that cut the deficit to eight, Charlotte used a 17-6 run over the next four minutes to put the game away. Gabby Tyler's jumper with 9:13 to play gave the 49ers a 65-46 lead.
The first half was an entertaining one as the two teams exchanged the lead 11 times. Tech's biggest lead of the game came at 16-11 on a jumper by Lulu Perry with 11:15 to play.
However, freshman reserve guard Ciara Gregory came off the Charlotte bench firing on all cylinders and proceeded to knock down three three-pointers in a two-minute period. Her third three-pointer with 8:11 to play in the half gave the 49ers a 24-20 lead. Gregory scored a career-high 14 points in the game.
After Charlotte pushed the lead to 26-20, Tech fought back and tied the game at 30-30 on a pair of free throws by Frazier with 25 seconds to play in the half. Charlotte guard Ny Hammonds gave the 49ers the lead on a driving layup with four seconds to play before halftime.
Gregory, Hammonds and Hillary Sigmon led Charlotte with 14 points while Tyler added 13 points and Kira Gordon scored 10 points.
Perry and Frazier were joined in double digits by Chrisstasia Walter with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Tech returns to action Saturday when it hosts UAB at 5 p.m.