Updated Feb 8, 2006 10:21:31
Ray-Boyd Leads Techsters to Victory
RENO, Nevada -- Louisiana Tech senior guard Aarica Ray-Boyd came off the bench to score 18 points to lead the 24th ranked Lady Techsters to a 72-57 win over Nevada before 384 fans at the Lawlor Events Center.
Ray-Boyd, who started the first 16 games of the year for Tech, hit 7-of-13 field goals, including 4-of-8 from the three-point line to help the Lady Techsters shoot 44 percent from the field for the contest.
“I’m very proud of Aarica tonight,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “She took very good shots tonight and when she does that she doesn’t miss very often. She hit some big threes for us tonight and she can really help this team if she will continue to play like she did tonight.”
After starting the game only 1-of-7 from the field, Tech hit 11 of its next 19 shots to build a 35-26 halftime lead. Defensively, the Techsters held Nevada to only 6-of-25 from the field in the first half but the Wolf Pack did hit 14-of-16 free throws to keep the contest close.
“I thought at times we played very well defensively,” Long said. “However, we broke down at times and that allowed them to get to the free throw line. they shot 28 free throws for the game and that’s just too many.”
With the nine-point lead, Tech came out in the second half and connected on 9-of-its-first-11 field goals to build an 18-point lead at 66-48. Nevada would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Amber Metoyer, who made her first career start in place of Tamika Kursh who missed the game due to suspension, scored a career-high 10 points -- all coming in the second half -- while Tasha Williams added 13 points and five steals and Shan Moore chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Jessica Preslar led the Wolf Pack with 13 points while Brandi Fitzgerald added 10 points.
Tech returns to action Saturday as they tipoff against Utah State at 8 p.m. in Logan, Utah.