Second Half Shooting Lifts Techsters to Win
Feb. 21, 2009
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adrienne Johnson scored 22 points and Louisiana Tech shot 68 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from San Jose State 87-69 at The Events Center Friday night.
After a first half that saw Tech (15-11, 8-4 WAC) commit 13 turnovers and struggle in almost every phase of the game, the Lady Techsters blistered the Spartans (2-24, 1-12 WAC) over the final 20 minutes of play.
Tech led 30-29 at intermission, but scored 57 points in the second half while hitting 21-of-31 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws.
"We really struggled taking care of the basketball in the first half," said Tech interim head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Not having Tiawana Pringle on the floor (due to foul trouble) was a big factor.
"I thought we settled down in the second half and got the basketball inside. We pushed it in transition and got some easy buckets. Offensively, we executed well. As a coach, you love it when your team comes out after a bad half and responds the way we did."
After Pringle picked up two personal fouls in the first 60 seconds of the game and was forced to sit, the Lady Techsters committed turnovers on their first four possessions while San Jose State built an early 7-0 lead.
Johnson finally got Tech on the scoreboard with a jumper at the 16:27 mark triggering an 18-5 run that saw the Lady Techsters grab an 18-12 lead with just over seven minutes to play.
Tech built as much as a seven point lead twice in the opening half before the Spartans retook a one-point lead at 27-26 on a jumper by Natalie White with 2:09 to play. Tech led 30-29 at the half after shooting only 38 percent (12-32) from the field and allowing SJSU to shoot 44 percent (12-27).
The second half was a different story. After missing three of its first four shot attempts after intermission, Tech began pounding the basketball inside to Johnson and Shanavia Dowdell while also receiving production from the guard position.
Tech led 47-44 before using a 10-0 run over a three minute span to take a 13-point lead. San Jose State would never get closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Pringle played all 20 minutes of the second half and ended with nine points, five rebounds and four assists and brought a calming influence to the floor. Tech committed only three turnovers in the second half after recording 13 in the first half.
White led San Jose State with 22 points while Ashley Brown scored a career-high 18 points.
Tech returns to action Sunday at 10 p.m. CST against Hawaii.
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