Dec. 2, 2013
THIBODAUX - Emani White scored 22 points and Nicholls State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit as the Colonels defeated Louisiana Tech 80-78 before 211 fans at Stopher Gym Monday night.
Tech (1-5) held a 75-72 lead late on a pair of free throws by Lulu Perry with 1:41 to play but the Lady Techsters failed to capitalize on some point blank shots in the final minute while Nicholls State (4-3) hit key shots to pull away for the win.
"It's unfortunate when you look at the scoreboard," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We came out and played so well with so much energy in the first half. We go into the locker room and stress to the kids how important it is to put a nail in the coffin. Then we come out and we don't play with the same intensity. It's hard to understand."
In the first half Tech held Nicholls State to only 22 percent shooting on 6-of-27 from the field as it built a 37-27 halftime lead. Tech's defensive effort was led by junior guard Chrisstasia Walter, who recorded six of her career-high eight steals in the opening 20 minutes.
However, the Colonels hit 7 of their first 8 shots in the second half to quickly erase the deficit. When Taylor Morrison drained a three-pointer with 15:44 to play in the game, Nicholls State led 44-43.
With the game tied at 49-49 on a layup by Whitney Frazier, junior guard Kanedria Andrews hit three straight three-pointers on three straight offensive possessions as Tech led 60-51 with 11:06 to play. The lead remained at nine at 65-56 on a three-pointer by Perry with 8;30 to play before Nicholls State used a 14-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 70-67 advantage.
Frazier, who fouled out with 3:57 to play, led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds while Walter added 18 points, nine assists, eight steals and six rebounds. Perry chipped in with 15 points.
Marina Lilly and Jenny Nash each scored 14 points for Nicholls State while Jasmine Scott added 11 points.
For the game, Tech shot 41 percent (29-70) from the field, 4-of-23 from the three-point line and 16-of-22 from the free throw line. Nicholls State shot 37 percent (22-60) from the field, 10-of-27 from the three-point line and 26-of-30 from the free throw line.
Tech returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Oxford to face Ole Miss at 11 a.m.