Dec. 14, 2012
RUSTON - For the second straight game, Whitney Frazier came through in the clutch.
Two nights after hitting the game winning free throws in the final minute against McNeese State, the sophomore forward completed a conventional three-point play with 11.2 seconds to play to lift Louisiana Tech to a 61-59 win over Oral Roberts Friday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Trailing 59-58, Tech with less than a minute to play, Tech (4-5) dodged a pair of bullets as ORU missed a pair of shots as guard Janay Borum pulled down the defensive rebound. Instead of calling a timeout to set up a final play, head coach Teresa Weatherspoon opted to let her young team take its best shot.
Borum misfired on a 17-footer but Frazier pulled down the offensive rebound and scored off the glass while drawing a foul on Golden Eagle forward Savanna Buck. Frazier capped a 21-point, 6-rebound performance with the free throw to give Tech a two-point advantage.
ORU (3-5) had one final chance but Taylor Copper's three-pointer was off the mark as Tech won for the fourth time this year by three points or less.
The game didn't start well for the Lady Techsters as Jaci Bigham and Kevi Luper combined to help the Golden Eagles jump out to a 14-4 advantage with 14:43 to play in the opening period. However, that's when the Lady Techsters put it into a different gear as Tech used a 32-10 run over the next eight minutes to grab a 36-24 advantage.
The biggest story of the night for Tech was its ability to take care of the basketball as the Lady Techsters registered only 10 turnovers - Tech entered the game averaging more than 20 - and outscored ORU 23-8 on points off of turnovers.
However, Tech went cold offensively as Oral Roberts fought back and took its first lead since early in the first half when Cooper scored off the glass with 4:13 to play to give the Golden Eagles a 57-56 advantage.
After Tech retook the lead on a Frazier layup with just over two minutes to play, Sarah Shelton answered on the other end 20 seconds later giving ORU a 59-58 lead and setting up the final stages for the contest.
In addition to Frazier's big night, Lewis added 13 points while Shelton scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Borum recorded her best game as a Techster with career-highs in points (9), rebounds (8) and assists (5) in 37 minutes of action.
Luper scored 18 and Bernadett Balla added 16 points in the loss for ORU.
Tech returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m. when it travels to face LSU at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television.