Techsters Fall at Virginia in Shootout


 

 

Nov. 16, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Lulu Perry scored 22 points and Whitney Frazier added 17 points and 10 rebounds but Louisiana Tech couldn't overcome Virginia's hot shooting as the Cavaliers defeated the Lady Techsters 95-82 before 3,507 fans at the John Paul Jones Arena Saturday afternoon.

After a first half that saw UVA (2-1) take a 33-25 lead into the locker room, both teams exploded offensively over the final 20 minutes of play as the Cavaliers outscored Tech (0-2) 62-57 in the final half. UVA also capitalized on 21 LA Tech turnovers that led to a 20-6 advantage in fast break points.

"We committed too many turnovers in this game," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We didn't value the basketball like we needed to in order to win this game. We also had some defensive lapses. Give Virginia credit. They knocked down shots and made us pay when we did.

"We can score the basketball. We have more offensive weapons than last year. However, we have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and defending for 40 minutes."

Perry and Frazier were just two of Tech's double digit scorers as freshman JaQuan Jackson added 15 points, transfer Chrisstasia Walter added 12 points and seven rebounds and Savanna Langston scored a career-high 10 points.

Unlike last week's 68-45 loss at No. 21 South Carolina, Tech had its full complement of players as Perry, Walter and forward Veanca Hall returned to the sideline. Weatherspoon and Co. would need everyone as the two teams started slow but then turned up the pace over the final 30 minutes of action.

After Tech took an early 2-0 lead on a jumper by Langston, UVA scored five straight and led 14-10 before Frazier connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key at the midway mark of the opening half. A Perry jumper and two Frazier free throws with 7:22 to play in the first stanza gave Tech a 19-16 lead, its biggest of the game.

However, back-to-back jumpers by Faith Randolph ignited a 17-4 run by the Cavaliers who built a 10-point lead before two free throws by Perry cut the deficit to 33-25 at the break.

Neither team shot well in the first half as Tech hit 32 percent (9-28) from the field while Virginia connected on 39 percent (13-33). Tech committed 12 turnovers and UVA 11.

The second half saw a frantic pace.

The two teams traded bucket after bucket as the lead hovered around 10 points before UVA guard Breyana Mason hit a three and Lexie Gerson followed up with a jumper as the Cavaliers led 48-34 with 14:44 to play in the game.

Tech fought back as Langston hit a bucket and added a free throw and Jackson drilled a three-pointer as the Lady Techsters closed the gap to 51-43 with 12:52 remaining. It would be as close as the Lady Techsters would get.

After a layup by Veanca Hall with 11:09 to play made the score 59-50, UVA used a 20-7 run over the next five minutes to push the advantage out to 79-57 with just over six minutes to play. Tech trailed 87-67 on a Sarah Imovbioh layup at the 3:43 mark, but the Lady Techsters continued full court pressure as Walter and Perry hit back-to-back buckets.

Walter's three-pointer in the final 10 seconds ended the offensive shootout as the Lady Techsters fell for the second time in as many games.

Imovbioh led UVA with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Ataira Franklin scored 16, Randolph added 14 and Mason chipped in with 13 points.

For the game, Tech shot 41 percent (27-66) from the field, 6-of-22 from the three-point line and 22-of-30 from the free throw line. Virginia shot 49 percent (34-70) from the field, 8-of-20 from the three-point line and 19-of-28 from the free throw line.

Tech held its own on the boards as UVA led 42-41.

The Lady Techsters will return to action Nov. 23 when they host LSU at 1 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.