BOMBS AWAY: @LATechWBB Sets Program Record in Win over USM
Feb. 17, 2018
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech hit a program record 14 three-pointers and five Lady Techsters scored in double figures in downing Southern Miss 89-57 Saturday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (17-10, 8-6) scored the first 10 points of the game, built a 15-point halftime lead and never looked back in coasting to the victory on a day that saw the program honor senior Alexus Malone.
Malone was one of five Tech players who found double digits. The Oxford, Mississippi native scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four assists in the win as Tech avenged a 15-point loss to the Golden Eagles (13-12, 5-7 C-USA) in Hattiesburg in the first meeting of the year.
Kierra Anthony stuffed the stat sheet on this Saturday afternoon. The New Iberia native scored 12 points, recorded a career-high 10 assists and pulled down a season-best eight rebounds – falling just two rebounds short of recording only the fourth triple down in program history.
Taylor Stahly led Tech with 19 points, including connecting on a season-high six three-pointers and upping her season total to 77 – only nine short of the LA Tech single season record of 86 set by Aarica Ray-Boyd. Stahly fell just two points shy of her season high of 21 points set against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg earlier this season.
Anna McLeod came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points, hitting 7-of-8 field goals, including all three of her three-point attempts. Reuana Cleaver added 11 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Tech shot 52 percent (33-of-63) from the field and 14-of-28 from the three-point line. The 14 three-pointers made surpassed the previous program high of 12 against North Texas during the 2014-15 season. This marked the sixth game this season where LA Tech has connected on at least 50 percent of its field goals and came against a Southern Miss team that held the Lady Techsters to a season-low 26 percent in Hattiesburg.
The Lady Techsters scored at least 20 points in each quarter on their way to a season-high in points. Tech led 25-14 at the end of the first quarter and 45-30 at halftime. Tech pushed its advantage to 69-44 through three quarters.
Malone, playing in her final game at the Thomas Assembly Center, hit three three-pointers, one less than her season total of four entering the contest.
Megan Brown led Southern Miss with 21 points in the loss.
Tech outrebounded USM 42-29.
The Lady Techsters will return to action Saturday when they travel to face UAB at 2 p.m.
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