RUSTON – What a difference a week makes.
Just seven days ago, Louisiana Tech struggled before defeating Nevada by 15 points at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Those struggles were no where to be found Thursday night as the 23rd ranked Lady Techsters (17-4, 9-1 WAC) destroyed the Wolf Pack 75-34 before 2,742 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Junior forward Ty Moore scored 18 points and added a career-high 21 rebounds, helping Louisiana Tech to a 62-34 rebounding advantage.
“Ty had a double double at the half,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “I told her if she stayed focused she could have a career night. I’m so proud of her. I just love Ty Moore. She works hard and does everything you ask of her.”
Senior guard Aarica Ray-Boyd led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, marking the third straight game that the Texarkana, Texas, native topped the scoring column for the Lady Techsters.
Despite playing without freshman guard Eboni Mangum, who was diagnosed with a severe knee injury prior to the game, and despite a season-high 26 turnovers, Louisiana Tech led from start to finish, building a 31-15 halftime advantage.
Moore scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes of play and spearheaded a Tech defensive effort that held Nevada to only 18 percent (6-33) shooting in the first half and 20 percent (13-66) for the game.
“I thought defensively we played extremely well,” said Long. “Last week we didn’t play with the intensity and effort that we needed (at Nevada). I challenged our players before the game and they responded.”
Ray-Boyd scored 14 of her points in a second half that saw Louisiana Tech outscore the Wolf Pack 44-19 as the Lady Techsters hit 50 percent (17-34) of its field goals.
Tasha Williams added 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 31 minutes of action.
Although disappointed with his team’s turnovers, Long said he wasn’t surprised by the difficulties given the fact Mangum was on the Tech bench in street clothes.
“With our back up point guard out of the game, we asked some of our players to play out of position and some of our younger players to play more minutes,” Long said. “Eboni is going to try to wear a brace and finish out the season but I’m approaching things as if we won’t have her. I have to get these other kids ready. If Eboni comes back, that’s even better.”
Nevada (8-14, 4-6 WAC) has won five of its last seven games with both defeats coming to Louisiana Tech. Cherlanda Franklin and Kate Saltmarh led Nevada in scoring with six points apiece.
With the win, Louisiana Tech extended its homecourt regular season winning streak to 108 games.
Tech returns to action Saturday hosting Utah State at 7 p.m.