Techsters Speed Past Alabama A&M


 

 

Dec. 22, 2013

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RUSTON - According to Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, junior point guard Chrisstasia Walter plays at one speed ... fast.

Walter and her Lady Techster teammates sped past Alabama A&M Sunday afternoon 81-51 as LA Tech won its fifth straight game at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Texarkana, Arkansas native scored 16 points, dished out 10 assists, recorded seven steals and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Lady Techsters to the 30-point victory.

"Chrisstasia plays at one speed; that's all out," Weatherspoon said. "She constantly pushes the tempo and puts pressure on the opposing team. That's what we want from here. Now there are times depending on the game situation, where she is learning to slow down and make sure we get a good shot. It's a process for her and one that she is still learning. I thought she played really, really well today. I thought as a team, we played well today."

With concerns about a pre-Christmas let down with the players scheduled for a few days off following the game, Walter and junior Whitney Frazier made sure that there wasn't any lack of intensity, hustle or focus.

Following an early 8-0 run by Alabama A&M that cut the Tech lead to 15-14 midway through the first half, Walter recorded a steal and a layup that started a 22-4 run. Walter and Frazier combined to score 12 of the 22 points as the Lady Techsters pushed the lead out to 37-18 on a Walter layup with 3:06 to play in the half.

Tech led 39-22 at the break.

And unlike in a few past games this year, the Lady Techsters wouldn't allow Alabama A&M back into the game following halftime.

"We always talk to the players about how important the first five minutes of the second half are," Weatherspoon said. "At times this year we have allowed teams back into games. However, I thought we came out with the same intensity and energy that we played with in the first half. It was good to see."

After the Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to 41-25 sixty seconds in the second half, Tech quickly pushed the lead out to 22 at 52-30 on a three-pointer by freshman JaQuan Jackson at the 17:14 mark. Another Jackson three-pointer followed by a Frazier layup increased the lead to 25 as it would grow to as many as 30.

Weatherspoon emptied her bench midway through the second half as all 11 Lady Techsters played - with 10 of them reaching the scoring column.

In addition to Walter's performance, Frazier recorded a double double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, marking the fifth straight game that the El Dorado native has pulled down 10 or more boards. Jackson added 18 points, including four three-pointers.

Jasmine Sanders led Alabama A&M with eight points.

For the game, Tech shot 39 percent (29-74) from the field and 18-of-24 from the free throw line. Alabama A&M shot 29 percent (15-52) from the field. Tech outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 54-38.

The Lady Techsters return to action Dec. 28 when they travel to face Texas A&M in College Station.