SAN JOSE, Calif. – Senior Aarica Ray-Boyd scored a career-high 31 points and junior Ty Moore added 19 to lead 24th ranked Louisiana Tech to a 78-48 win over San Jose State before 1,019 fans at The Events Center Thursday night.
With the win, Tech (19-4, 11-1 WAC) took over sole possession of the Western Athletic Conference race after Nevada upset Fresno State 68-67 in Reno.
Ray-Boyd and Moore combined for Tech’s first 14 points as the Lady Techsters jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes of the game. The Spartans (10-13, 5-6 WAC) finally scored at the 16:14 mark on a Lamisha Augustine lay-up and would close the gap to 18-7 with 13:29 to play.
However, Tech shot 65 percent (17-26) from the field in the opening 20 minutes to build an insurmountable 44-19 halftime lead.
“We just shot the basketball so well in the first half,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “And as a team, we played great defense. We did a great job of defending Augustine and (Amber) Jackson in the first half and that, combined with our shooting, allowed us to build a big lead.”
While Tech was scorching the nets in the first half, San Jose State managed to only hit 26 percent (7-27) of its shots as Jackson and Augustine combined to hit only 3-of-10 first half field goals while scoring only seven points.
Ray-Boyd hit 6-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 threes, to lead Tech with 16 first half points while Moore added nine.
“If there is a better shooter in the country right now then Aarica then I would like to see them,” Long said. “She is really playing well and taking good shots. She’s become more of a complete scorer; I thought she hit some nice pull up shots off the dribble tonight as well.”
For the game, Tech hit 54 percent (30-56) of its field goals while outrebounding the Spartans 40-33. Tech was 7-of-14 from the three-point line and registered 19 assists and only 14 turnovers.
“I thought that our guards did a good job of taking care of the basketball,” Long said. “We’ve been getting better at that every game.”
Tasha Williams and Shan Moore each registered seven assists for Tech.
Jackson led San Jose State with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Augustine fouled out of the game with a season-low six points.
Tech returns to action Saturday at 3 p.m. CST at Boise State.