Dec. 11, 2013
RUSTON - Former Lady Techster star and Louisiana Tech fan favorite Brooke (Lassiter) Stoehr made a homecoming to her alma mater Wednesday night as she led her Northwestern State Demons into the Thomas Assembly Center.
After a warm welcome by the LA Tech faithful in pregame introductions, Stoehr and Co. ran into a buzz saw.
LA Tech (3-6) recorded its most complete game of the season as the Lady Techsters played 40 minutes of basketball on both ends of the floor in a 74-40 victory over Northwestern State.
"This is what we have been looking for all season," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Our kids were excited to play tonight. (Assistant coach) Mike Ekanem did an incredible job on preparing our team for this game. He really had them locked in on what we needed to do to be successful.
"We have looked good at times on offense and not so good on defense. We have played well defensively at times but not executed offensively. Tonight, we played well on both ends, and it showed."
On the offensive end of the floor, Tech shot a season-high 56 percent (28-50) from the field while hitting a season-high 10 three-pointers (in 16 tries) as the Lady Techsters were simply unstoppable.
On the defensive end, Tech held Northwestern State (4-4) to a season low output of 40 points while limiting the Demons to 28 percent (15-54) shooting, including only 1-of-17 from the three-point line.
Offensively, junior point guard Chrisstasia Walter scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Walter, who entered the game having hit only 2-of-21 three-pointers on the year, hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. She added seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.
"That's the Chrisstasia Walter I know," Weatherspoon said. "She is capable of these types of nights. She hit a couple of shots early and her confidence just grew. Our shooting was contagious tonight. We got good looks and we knocked them down."
She was joined by junior forward Whitney Frazier, who recorded her second straight double double and third of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds. She added three assists, one block and one steal.
Freshman JaQuan Jackson, who earned her second straight Conference USA Freshman of the Week honor, got Tech started in the first half as she scored 11 of her 14 points in the opening stanza. Jackson's pair of three-pointers in a 90 second stretch ignited an early run as Tech jumped out to a 17-5 lead at the 13:16 mark of the half.
The Techsters led by as many as 17 points in the first half and held a 31-20 advantage at the break as LA Tech hit 13-of-26 field goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Any chance of a second half comeback by the Demons was doused early as Tech came out of the locker room and hit its first eight field goal attempts as the lead ballooned to 57-29 on a Walter jumper with 11:02 to play. Tech didn't miss a second half field goal until Walter misfired with 10:128 to play in the game.
While Frazier was recording her seventh career double double, she was also shutting down Northwestern State's leading scorer Trudy Armstead, who entered the game averaging 19.1 points per contest. Armstead scored a season-low two points on only 1-of-10 shooting on the night.
The 34-point win was Tech's largest of the year while it tied the Demons largest deficit of the year (Baylor 88-54).
Janelle Perez led the Demons with 11 points while Keisha Lee added 10 points.
Tech will return to action Tuesday when it travels to Lake Charles to face McNeese State at 7 p.m.