Hawaii Sweeps Season Series for LA Tech



Feb. 18, 2012

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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.

However, a Whitney Jones jumper and a Courtney Hayes driving layup gave LA Tech a 26-24 halftime advantage.

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.

Angie Felton led Tech with 11 points and Jasmine Bendolph added 10 points and four assists.

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.