Nov. 4, 2012
RUSTON - Sophomore Whitney Frazier scored a game-high 22 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 95-25 exhibition win over Mississippi College Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Frazier, who was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association State Freshman of the Year last season, scored the first nine points of the game as Tech jumped out to an early 15-0 lead over the Choctaws. The El Dorado, Arkansas native scored 12 first half points in only five minutes of action and finished the game 9-of-9 from the field.
"That's working," said head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Twenty-two points in 12 minutes. That's amazing. She has come in with a different mindset and mentality this year. She got some great experience as a freshman but has a total different mindset now. She did great things tonight."
As a team, Tech shot 66 percent from the field as the Lady Techsters connected on 38-of-58 field goals against the overmatched Choctaws, including a blistering 75 percent (21-28) in an opening half that saw Weatherspoon and Co. take a 47-13 lead into the halftime locker room.
"Overall I was tremendously pleased with our defensive effort and the way we came out with intensity," Weatherspoon said. "We were ready to go from the start. It was important for us to get out to a quick start and set the tone. Our kids of done a great job (this week in practice) of getting better defensively. It showed tonight."
Temple transfer Brittany Lewis also had an impressive game in the paint for Tech, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws to finish with 15 points along with four assists and two steals in 19 minutes of action.
Junior college transfer Janay Borum started at point guard for the Lady Techsters and spearheaded a Tech offense that ended the game with 26 assists. Borum electrified the crowd numerous times throughout the game with her no-look passes, finishing the game with eight assists and four points.
Jelena Vucinic was impressive defensively for Tech, recording seven of the team's 17 steals in the win. Tech held MC to only 19 percent shooting from the field (8-43) and forced 30 turnovers while outrebounding the Choctaws 46-21.
Freshman Lulu Perry led Tech on the boards with eight rebounds while adding five points, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes.
"We needed this for confidence," Weatherspoon said. "We had great chemistry and continuity today. This helps build confidence. They did the things we asked and they had success. A game like this makes us feel a little better about ourselves. We know we have some big challenges in front of us, but our kids did a great job today."
Elizabeth Brooks led MC with seven points.
Tech opens the regular season Friday when the Lady Techsters travel to face Tulane in New Orleans before returning to Ruston for its home opener against South Carolina on Nov. 12.