Ole Miss Downs Techsters, 79-68


 

 

Dec. 4, 2013

Box Score

OXFORD -- Whitney Frazier scored 24 points and JaQuan Jackson added 18 points but Louisiana Tech fell 79-68 at Ole Miss Wednesday afternoon before 4,491 fans at Tad Smith Coliseum.

After Tech (1-6) dug itself a 22-point deficit at 47-25 early in the second half, the Lady Techsters caught fire offensively led by Frazier and Jackson. After shooting only 22 percent (6-27) from the field in the first half, Tech connected on 49 percent (17-35) of its field goals in the final stanza.

However, the Rebels (6-4) hit 57 percent (17-30) of their second half field goals to keep LA Tech at arm's reach.

"I'm not sure what it will take but we have to do a better job defensively coming out of the locker room," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Our kids did everything we asked of them on the offensive end. We executed in the second half. However, we dug ourselves a hole and we needed stops. We didn't do a good job of getting them."

Frazier hit 7-of-11 field goals, 3-of-5 three-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws in the game while scoring 16 of her 24 points in the second half. It was her sixth straight double digit scoring game and one point shy of her career high.

"Whitney Frazier is my leader," Weatherspoon said. "No one works harder than she does. She is fearless. She does exactly what is asked of her. It shows."

Tech (1-6) struggled offensively in the opening half. The Lady Techsters hit only 22 percent, including only 1-of-13 from the three-point line.

 

 

"We settled way too much for three-pointers in the first half," Weatherspoon said. "We have the guards to penetrate and get into the lane and make jumpers or create for a teammate. We simply settled too much in the first half. We did a much better job in the second half."

Kenyotta Jenkins layup at the 16:53 mark of the second half gave Ole Miss a 47-25 lead. However, Tech got five points from Frazier and four from Lulu Perry in a 13-4 run that closed the deficit to 51-38 with 13:38 to play.

After the Rebels pushed the lead back out to 17 at 55-38, Frazier hit the second of her three trifectas and then one minute later hit a layup off an assist from Perry to close the lead to 55-44.

However, while Tech scored on the offensive end, the Lady Techsters couldn't get enough defensive stops as the Rebels kept the lead at double figures. A third Frazier three-pointer with 1:08 to play in the game got Tech to within 77-68 before Ole Miss hit two free throws and then ran out the clock.

Tia Faleru led Ole Miss with 19 points while Valencia McFarland added 16 points.

Tech returns to action Saturday when it hosts UL-Lafayette at 5 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.