Utah State Downs Techsters 70-56
Feb. 28, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Jennifer Schlott scored 19 points and Utah State held Louisiana Tech without a field goal for more than 13 minutes as the Aggies defeated the Lady Techsters 70-56 before 634 fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday night.
LA Tech (12-14, 8-7 WAC) went the final 12:44 of the first half without making a field goal as Utah State pushed a two-point lead out to 15 at the half.
Whitney Frazier's layup with 12:44 to play in the opening half capped a 6-0 LA Tech run and closed the deficit down to 10-8. However, the Lady Techsters would hit only three free throws the rest of the opening stanza as the Aggies took a 26-11 lead into the halftime locker room. Tech was only 4-of-30 from the field in the first half.
Utah State (15-11, 12-3 WAC) pushed the advantage out to 17 points early in the second half before the Lady Techsters behind the play of Brittany Lewis and Whitney Frazier started to mount its comeback. A three-pointer by Lewis with 11:18 to play in the game closed the gap to 38-33.
However, the Aggies used a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to build a 12-point lead at 47-35. LA Tech had one last charge left in it as the Techsters pulled to within six points on two separate occasions as a Brittney Jefferson jumper in the lane with 4:28 to play cut the deficit to 56-50.
Schlott converted a three-point play on the Aggies next possession as Utah State closed the game on a 14-6 run to sweep the season series for the first time and record its first ever win over LA Tech in Logan.
Lewis led Tech with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Frazier added 11 points and a career-high tying 15 boards. Lewis and Frazier combined to hit 14-of-29 field goals while the rest of the team hit only 7-of-39 from the field.
For the game, Tech shot 31 percent (21-68) from the field and only 1-of-12 from the three-point line while Utah State shot 45 percent (25-56), including 63 percent (15-24) in the second half.
LA Tech returns to action Saturday when it travels to face San Jose State at 9 p.m. CT.