Nov. 24, 2011
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Jasmine Crew scored 35 points, including 26 in the second half, as Seton Hall rallied to down Louisiana Tech 72-69 at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center Thursday in the first day of the 2011 Paradise Jam.
Crew hit 9-of-23 field goals and 16-of-21 free throws while playing 39 minutes.
"I feel like a broken record," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "It was a tale of two halves again. We came out and executed on both ends of the floor in the first half. Seton Hall didn't do anything differently in the second half. We just decided for some reason to play differently.
"I give (Crew) a lot of credit. She attacked us. She got to the free throw line 21 times because she was the aggressor. That's what we should have been doing, but we didn't. Give Seton Hall credit."
Seton Hall (4-1) entered the game ranked as one of the top defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 47.5 points per game and only 29 percent shooting from the field. However, LA Tech (1-3) hit 59 percent (16-27) of its field goals in the opening half to take a 43-30 lead into the locker room.
Senior guard Whitney Jones started a 10-0 run by the Lady Techsters late in the first half with a three-pointer at the 6:26 mark and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson finished it with a 15-foot jumper with five minutes to play as Tech eventually built a 43-28 advantage. Crew's jumper with 15 seconds to play in the half made the score 43-30 at the break.
Seton Hall pushed its advantage out to 71-66 before Bendolph drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with 51 seconds to play. After a defensive stop by the Lady Techsters, LA Tech called two timeouts to set up their final possession.
"The play was designed to get the ball in Jasmine's hands and not leave her hands," Weatherspoon said. "Unfortunately, it left her hands. We didn't get a very good look."
Felton was forced to take a contested 17-footer which was off target and LA Tech had to foul. Tajay Ashmeade hit 1-of-2 free throws with five seconds to play and Bendolph's half-court heave at the buzzer was just wide as the Pirates completed the comeback.
Bendolph led Tech with 15 points while Jones added 11 points and Bramble-Donaldson 10 points. Hardy added nine points and Kiara Young eight points.
For the game, Tech shot 49 percent (25-51) from the field, including 8-of-16 from the three-point line while Seton Hall hit 47 percent (21-45) of its field goals.
Seton Hall won the game at the free throw line where the Pirates hit 28-of-40 while Tech hit 11-of-18. Seton Hall outrebounded Tech 36-23.
The Lady Techsters return to action Friday when they face Old Dominion at 2:15 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KPCH 99.3 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:45 p.m.