Dec. 20, 2013
RUSTON - Whitney Frazier scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high tying 15 rebounds and Chrisstasia Walter added 20 points to lift Louisiana Tech to a 50-39 win over UALR Friday night before 912 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (4-7) won for the fourth straight time at home this season and did so behind a stellar defensive effort that saw the Lady Techsters hold UALR (4-5) to only 12 first half points and a 25 percent shooting performance.
"Defensively, I thought we played well again at home," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We are definitely getting better on the defensive end of the floor. However, we continue to struggle on offense. It starts with taking care of the basketball. There is no excuse for 22 turnovers. None."
After both teams went more than four minutes without scoring, Tech struck first on a layup by Walter with 15:27 to play as the Lady Techsters scored the first six points of the game. UALR forward Kaitlyn Pratt finally got the Trojans on the scoreboard at the 12:59 mark of the opening half on a layup although UALR missed 20 of their first 22 shots from the field.
With Tech leading 11-6 following a Pratt free throw with 8:52 to play in the half, the Lady Techsters used a 9-0 run that included a pair of Kanedria Andrews buckets to push their advantage out to 20-6 with 3:53 to play. The Tech lead would grow to as many as 16 with the Lady Techsters taking a 26-12 advantage into the locker room.
Frazier and Walter each scored eight first half points.
UALR committed 15 of its 19 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes while only hitting 5-of-28 field goals.
The Trojans came out with more energy in the second half as UALR forward Shanity James scored the first seven points of the period for UALR. James layup with 17:57 to play cut the deficit to 10 before Tech quickly pushed it back out to 35-18 on a layup by Whitney Frazier ... the biggest lead of the game for the Lady Techsters.
Following Frazier's layup at the 17:01 mark, Tech made only one field goal over the next 11 minutes - a JaQuan Jackson jumper - as UALR whittled the deficit down to 39-32.
However, Walter hit a jumper with 5:44 to play and scored eight points down the stretch as Tech pulled away for the win.
The 15 rebounds by Frazier marked the third time in her career that she had reached the mark and the third straight game for the El Dorado native to eclipse the double digit mark.
"We have to have someone besides Whitney Frazier rebound for us," Weatherspoon said. "We got beat badly on the offensive glass. We can't expect one player to do everything on the boards. Rebounding is a mentality and it starts before the ball even goes up."
During the Lady Techsters four -game home winning streak, Tech has held its four opponents to only 40.5 points per game and 26 percent shooting.
UALR was led by Taylor Gault with 10 points.
For the game, Tech hit 38 percent (17-45) of its field goals and 15-of-24 from the free throw line while UALR hit only 25 percent (16-65) of its field goals. The Trojans were 4-of-7 at the free throw line.
Tech improved to 8-3 all-time against UALR, including a 6-0 mark in Ruston.
The Lady Techsters will return to action Sunday when they host Alabama A&M at 2 p.m.