Feb. 15, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech's second half issues continued Saturday as the Lady Techsters saw UAB forward Karisma Chapman score 25 points after intermission to lead the Blazers to a 71-62 win at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (7-17, 2-9) led throughout the opening 20 minutes of play as the Lady Techsters took a 29-27 advantage into the halftime locker room after holding Chapman to only four points.
However, the senior - who entered the game averaging 20 points a game - joined teammate Ashley Grimes in combining to score 35 of the Blazers 44 points after halftime. Chapman ended with 29 points and 12 rebounds while Grimes added 21 points and 12 boards.
"I am at a loss for how we could allow one player to do that to us," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We didn't prevent her from driving down the lane for layups. First half we did a great job of making their shooters drivers and their drivers, shooters. We didn't do it in the second half."
Despite Tech's troubles defending Chapman and Grimes, the Lady Techsters (7-17, 2-9 C-USA) found themselves leading 40-36 on a Brittney Jefferson layup with 11:37 to play in the game. However, Whitney Frazier picked up her fourth personal foul less than 40 seconds later, forcing Weatherspoon to go to the bench.
UAB immediately took advantage of Frazier's departure, scoring nine straight. Chapman's layup with 10:14 to play gave the Blazers a 45-40 advantage. The Lady Techsters would cut the deficit down to two twice over the next three minutes before UAB pushed it back out to 55-47 on a Chapman layup with 5:46 to play.
"When your name is called, you have to step up and do your job," Weatherspoon said. "We can't expect Whitney to carry us all of the time. We have to rebound as a team. Not just Whitney. Not just Whitney and Savanna. Everyone has to rebound."
While building its 29-27 halftime lead, Tech did rebound. The Lady Techsters held a 28-13 rebounding advantage at the half and pushed it out to 32-13 in the first few minutes of the second half. However, down the stretch, UAB crashed the boards, outrebounding Tech 27-15 the rest of the way.
That combined with the Lady Techsters shooting only 24 percent (9-37) from the field in the final half prevented Tech from making a run as it fell for the fourth straight time.
Frazier led Tech with her 13th double double with 16 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds while JaQuan Jackson added 16 points. Langston ended up with eight points, five rebounds and three blocks after making her first start in more than a month.
Tech will return to action Wednesday when it travels to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane at 7 p.m.