March 1, 2014
DENTON, Texas - Lulu Perry came off the bench to score 19 points, including 14 in a 25-3 first half run, to lead Louisiana Tech to a 67-54 victory over North Texas Saturday afternoon at The Super Pit.
After North Texas (12-16, 6-9 C-USA) opened the game by scoring the first nine points, Perry ignited the Lady Techsters, hitting four three-pointers and leading the Lady Techsters (9-19, 4-11 C-USA) to its second road win over the year.
"I had a talk with Lulu yesterday," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "I told her we need her to relax and play her game within the concept of the game. She did exactly that today. She was a huge spark plug for us (in the first half)."
Tech used an aggressive 2-3 zone defense, forcing 20 turnovers, recording 13 steals and holding North Texas to only 31 percent (18-59) shooting from the field for the game. The Mean Green came into the contest having defeated UTEP in its last home game while prevailing over Rice Wednesday in Houston.
"The difference in our zone today was how aggressive we were," Weatherspoon said. "We were active and getting deflections and steals. We forced (North Texas) to take some tough shots and then most of the game we did a pretty good job of blocking out in the zone."
Tech found itself trailing 9-0 at the first media timeout at the 15:40 mark of the first half. However, over the next nine minutes, the Lady Techsters used a 25-3 run to take a 25-12 advantage. Perry scored 14 of the 25 points during the run.
Tech began the second half by scoring the first nine points as Veanca Hall's layup with 16:51 to play gave the Lady Techsters a 46-29 lead. North Texas closed the gap to 48-39 at the midway mark of the second half before Tech scored seven straight points and eventually pushed the lead out to 18.
Junior Kelia Shelton saw action for the first time this season, scoring two points and grabbing a team-high tying nine rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
The Lady Techsters will close out the regular season at home Wednesday when they host FIU at 6:30 p.m.