Dec. 29, 2010
MIAMI - Adrienne Johnson scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Louisiana Tech got a huge lift from its bench as the Lady Techsters downed Georgia 77-62 at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.
The win by the Lady Techsters (7-4) sends them into tomorrow's championship game of the 2010 Fun and Sun Classic against Marquette (11-2), who defeated Florida International 73-67 in the day's first game.
"This was as complete an effort as we've had this year," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Georgia is a very good basketball team and a very well-coached basketball team. We still have a lot of areas we can improve in. We have another challenge tomorrow in Marquette.
"We need and want every challenge we can get right now. We want to continue to test ourselves against very good teams. This will only help us once we get into conference play."
Tech came out of the gates strong as Georgia took its two and only leads of the entire game early at 1-0 and 3-2 before a Shantale Bramble-Donaldson layup with 16:36 to play in the first half started a 6-0 Lady Techster run.
The five-point lead at 8-3 was the biggest of the half for Tech until a Johnson jumper with 2:28 to play pushed it out to 37-30.
The final play of the first half might have been a microcosm of the game as Tech outhustled Georgia for three offensive rebounds in a 10-second span as Whitney Jones short jumper in the lane with six seconds to play gave the Lady Techsters a 41-33 halftime advantage.
Kiara Young came off the bench in the first half and provided a spark, scoring four points and grabbing seven rebounds. She ended the game with nine points and eight rebounds.
With Tech leading 47-43 with 16:36 to play, senior guard Martina Holloway came on to ignite a 13-2 Tech run hitting on a pair of three-pointers. Whitney Jones three-pointer with 13:07 to play in the game gave the Lady Techsters a 60-45 advantage.
"I thought our bench as a whole came out and played well. We still have a few kids who have to step up but we will just keep working hard and we will eventually get there."
Georgia (9-3) would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way as Tech won for the fifth time in six games. The Lady Techsters also improved to 6-1 all-time against Georgia.
Johnson hit 13-of-17 field goals, including 3-of-3 from the three-point line, while adding four assists, three steals and two blocks in 40 minutes.
"Adrienne Johnson does everything effortlessly," Weatherspoon said. "She is so graceful on the floor. I've said all along that she is one of the best players in this country. I think she continues to prove that every night." Jones added 14 points and Bramble-Donaldson added 10 points and six rebounds.
Jasmine James led Georgia with 20 points.
Tech shot 52 percent (33-64) for the game, including 7-of-19 from the three-point line. Georgia shot 42 percent (26-62) from the field.
Louisiana Tech's 77 points were the most the Lady Bulldogs have surrendered this season, and the Lady Techsters' 51.6 percent shooting effort from the floor represented the first time a Georgia foe has made half their shots. Tech also won the rebound count, 41-30.
Tech will tipoff against Marquette tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT in a game that can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM.