Nov. 26, 2011
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANS - Kiara Young and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson each registered double doubles but it wasn't enough as Louisiana Tech couldn't overcome 23 turnovers in its 67-59 loss to Alabama Saturday at the 2011 Paradise Jam.
With the victory, Alabama (5-2) captured the title in the Island Division while Louisiana Tech finished third with a three-game record of 1-2.
For the third consecutive game on the island, Louisiana Tech (2-4) shot the basketball well as the Lady Techsters hit 44 percent (24-54) of their field goals against the Crimson Tide. However, 23 turnovers by LA Tech proved to be the difference as the Crimson Tide outscored the Lady Techsters 25-13 on points off of turnovers.
Fifteen of the turnovers came in the opening 20 minutes of play as Alabama built as much as a 13-point lead before entering the halftime locker room leading by eight. Tech cut the lead down to one at 43-42 with 12:26 to play in the game on a Whitney Frazier layup, but Bama used an 11-3 run over the next five minutes to push the advantage back to 56-47.
The Lady Techsters would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way as Alabama won for the second time in three games on the island.
Tech took its biggest lead of the game early as a Whitney Frazier free throw at the 18:33 mark of the opening half gave the Lady Techsters a 3-1 advantage. With the two teams tied at 5-5, Alabama capitalized on five turnovers over the next four minutes to extend its lead to 14-5. A Young jumper with 13:19 to play stopped the 9-0 run as the lead was 14-7.
With Alabama leading 20-8 at the 11:30 mark, Tech used an 8-2 run as a pair of three-pointers by Jelena Vucinic and Whitney Jones made the score 22-16. The Crimson Tide pushed the advantage back out to 29-16 on a Jasmine Robinson three-pointer at the 6:24 mark. The lead remained 13 at 33-20 when Tech used an 8-3 run to close the half as the Crimson Tide led 36-28 at the half.
Young, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds while Bramble-Donaldson added 11 points and 10 boards. Jones also added 11 points and five rebounds for the Techsters.
Robinson led Alabama with 19 points while Ericka Russell scored 12 and Khristin Lee added 11.
Tech returns to action Friday when it hosts Tulane at 7 p.m.