Dec. 17, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - McNeese State used a 19-0 run to erase a double digit deficit as the Cowgirls defeated Louisiana Tech 63-51 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
One game after shooting a season-high 56 percent and hitting 10 three-pointers in an impressive win over Northwestern State, LA Tech suffered from an off night from the field.
The Lady Techsters hit just 27 percent (18-66) of their field goals, including only 3-of-18 from the three-point line.
Tech (3-7) led 19-9 on a 15-foot jumper by Brittney Jefferson with 6:37 to play in the first half, but McNeese State (6-3) held the Lady Techsters scoreless while scoring the final 17 points of the half to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room.
Allison Baggett, who ended the game with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting, triggered the run with a pair of three-pointers.
McNeese State came out of the locker room and scored to up the run to 17-0 and increase the lead to 28-19 before the Lady Techsters Whitney Frazier hit a layup with 18:55 to play to end the scoreless stretch.
Tech continued to trail by as many as nine at 34-25 after a pair of free throws by McNeese State guard Jalyn Johnson, but a layup by Kanedria Andrews began a run and when Savanna Langston banked home an 18-footer from the top of the key with 9:43 to play, the Cowgirls lead was only 37-34.
McNeese State countered with back-to-back layups and eventually pushed the lead back to eight at 47-39 with 5:40 remaining.
Tech had one last run as it hit three three-pointers in a two-minute stretch, including two by Lulu Perry. A pair of Perry free throws at the 3:31 mark once again cut the deficit to one possession at 50-47.
Perry led Tech with 15 points - all coming in the second half - while Veanca Hall added a career-high 10 points and eight rebounds. Whitney Frazier scored only four points but pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Tech outrebounded the Cowgirls 47-42, including 19 offensive boards.
The Lady Techsters will return to the court Friday when they host UALR at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.