Dec. 16, 2012
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Tech freshman guard Lulu Perry turned 19 years old on Sunday.
However, despite scoring a career-high 18 points, Perry didn't receive the birthday present she and her Lady Techster teammates were hoping for as LSU muscled past LA Tech 77-55 before 2,718 fans at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
With the loss, Tech fell to 4-6 on the season as the Lady Techsters are done with their non-conference schedule until opening up Western Athletic Conference play Dec. 29 at Denver. LSU improved to 6-3 and evened up the 28-game series with LA Tech at 14 wins each as the Lady Tigers have now won eight straight.
Despite entering the game on a modest two-game winning streak, LA Tech showed zero signs of carrying over any momentum from those two victories as the Lady Techsters missed on 14 of their first 16 shots to open the game.
"Unfortunately, we didn't run the offense correctly, we missed easy shots and we turned the ball over," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Regardless of how big they are, we still have to do the fundamental things ... that is to put a body on people and to turn and push. If you do those things, good things can happen for you. We didn't do that."
Tech built itself a deep hole as a jumper by LSU freshman forward Derreyal Youngblood gave the Lady Tigers a 21-4 advantage at the midway mark of the first half. Youngblood combined with her front court teammates of Teresa Plaisance, Shanece McKinney and Sheila Boykin to dominate down low all day long as LSU outscored Tech 44-20 in the paint.
Down 17 points, Tech showed signs of life over the final 10 minutes of the opening half as Perry scored 10 points during a 22-13 run that closed the half as the Lady Techsters pulled to within 34-26 at the halftime intermission.
"It was a good day for Lulu," Weatherspoon said. "We still want her to work on her shot selection. She was aggressive and that is what I liked the most today. She got into her mid-range game and got to the free throw line."
Down 60-38 with less than eight minutes to play, Tech tried to mount one last run as Perry scored five points during a 7-0 run as the deficit was trimmed to 60-45. However, the Lady Tigers continued to find success inside as they pulled away for the victory.
Tech shot only 33 percent (20-61) for the game, including only 3-of-13 from the three-point line and only 12-of-24 from the free throw line. LSU shot 44 percent (27-61) from the field while hitting 23-of-36 free throws.
Both teams committed too many turnovers with Tech registering 21 and LSU 19 but the Lady Tigers outscored Tech 23-9 on points off of turnovers.
Bianca Lutley led five LSU players in double figures with 14 points.