Nov. 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tyria Snow scored 18 points and Olivia Grayson hit five free throws down the stretch as Tulane held off a Louisiana Tech rally to defeat the Lady Techsters 66-59 Friday night at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tech (0-1) trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half before fighting back to cut the deficit to 59-57 with just under two minutes to play in the game. However, the Green Wave hit 7-of-8 free throws and the Lady Techsters came up empty on some offensive possessions as Tulane won for only the second time in 10 meetings between the two programs.
Tulane jumped out to an early lead in the first half and pushed it to 30-19 with five minutes to play before LA Tech made a run highlighted by a highlight reel three-point play on a Lulu Perry assist to Tavasha Anderson.
The deficit remained at five at 32-27 before Tulane ended the half on a 9-2 run to take a 41-29 lead into the halftime locker room. Tech shot only 36 percent from the field in the first half and committed 14 turnovers while the Green Wave hit 46 percent and committed only seven.
Early in the second half Tulane pushed the lead out to 45-31 on a Tiffany Dale layup with 19:18 to play before Whitney Frazier scored six points in a 12-3 run that saw the Lady Techsters close the gap to 48-43 with 14:44 to play.
Tulane pushed the advantage out to double figures again at 57-45 with 8:34 to play on a free throw by Jamie Kaplan, but a pair of Brittney Jefferson free throws ignited a 12-2 run over the next six plus minutes as a Frazier layup with 1:59 to play closed the deficit to 59-57.
However, Tech went cold down the stretch as an Anderson jumper off the glass with 27 second to play was the only scoring for the Lady Techsters.
For the game, Tech shot 40 percent (23-58) from the field, 0-of-10 from the three-point line and 13-of-16 from the free throw line while Tulane shot 42 percent (22-53) from the field, 4-of-12 from the three-point line and 18-of-26 from the free throw line.
The Lady Techsters host South Carolina Monday at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.