Hawaii Sweeps Season Series for LA Tech
Feb. 18, 2012
RUSTON - Kamilah Jackson scored 19 points to lead four Hawaii players in double figures as the Rainbow Wahine swept the season series from Louisiana Tech with a 61-49 victory before 3,997 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night.
With the loss, Tech fell to 14-12 overall, 7-4 in WAC play, and saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Hawaii improved to 10-15 and 5-5 in league action and became only the third WAC team to ever sweep a regular season series from the Lady Techsters.
Much like the first loss against Hawaii - a 61-46 setback on the island on Jan. 19 - the Lady Techsters struggled mightily on the offensive end, shooting only 33 percent (20-61) from the field while being outrebounded 47-33.
After leading by as many as nine points in the first half at 21-12 on a three-point play by Tavasha Anderson with 7:12 to play, Tech saw Hawaii use an 11-1 run to take a 23-22 advantage with just under four minutes to play in the half.
Hawaii wasted little time in the second half regaining the momentum as Vicky Tagalicod's three-pointer 10 seconds into the half started an 20-7 run as the Rainbow Wahine led 44-33 with 10:50 to play in the game. Tech mounted a come-back as Anderson scored four straight points and Whitney Jones hit a three to cap a 7-0 run as the Lady Techsters eventually closed the gap to 48-46 with under four minutes left.
Jackson started a 9-1 run with a layup as Hawaii pushed the advantage back out to double digits at 57-47 as Tech fell for only the second time ever on its home floor to UH.
Tech's starting forward combination of Whitney Frazier and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson struggled to ever find a rhythm as they combined to hit only 1-of-14 from the field. Frazier did record a career-high five steals.
Tech returns to action Feb. 25 when its hosts New Mexico State at 6 p.m.
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