Techsters Fall to SFA
Updated Nov 18, 2006 01:59:11
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin used a 10-0 run late in the game to pull away for a 65-55 victory over Louisiana Tech Friday before 1,213 fans at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The run was triggered by a questionable technical foul called against senior guard Shan Moore with 7:18 to play after she had been whistled for her fourth personal foul on a reach in. The technical foul – which counted as Moore’s fifth personal – came with Tech trailing 49-48.
SFA hit 3-of-4 free throws to go up 52-48 and ignite the 10-0 run that put the game away.
Techster head coach Chris Long said that although he felt the technical foul changed the momentum of the game, it wasn’t the overall deciding factor.
“It definitely hurt us at that stage,” Long said. “However, we really hurt ourselves early in the second half when we played great defensively but couldn’t capitalize offensively. That really hurt.”
Trailing 37-31 at the half, Tech came out in the second 20 minutes of play and held Stephen F. Austin without a point for almost an eight minute stretch – from18:26 to the 10:41 mark – but the Lady Techsters were only able to tie the game at 42-42 on a jumper by Sierra Nixon.
The Ladyjacks (2-1) scored the next three points to regain the lead and the closest Tech would get would be 49-48, setting up the game-deciding 10-0 stretch.
Tech (0-2) jumped out to an early 11-4 lead in the opening six minutes of the contest and held on to that advantage until SFA took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Nikki Carr at the 5:11 mark of the first half.
For the second straight game Louisiana Tech struggled shooting the basketball, finishing the game hitting only 37 percent of its field goals (23-62) and making only 7-of-16 free throws.
“We are still searching for offense,” Long said. “I thought Sierra Nixon showed signs tonight that she will help us but as a team we have to get better offensively.”
Stephen F. Austin outrebounded Tech 48-37 while connecting on 18-of-21 free throws.
Nixon led Tech with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and was the lone Techters in double figures.
Carr led Stephen F. Austin with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Whitney Cormier added 13 points and Charity Egenti chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Tech returns to action Tuesday when it faces Iowa at 6:30 p.m. in Iowa City.