Techsters Down Hawkeyes, 77-59
Updated Nov 21, 2006 21:37:03
IOWA City, Iowa – Senior guard Shan Moore scored a career-high 24 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 77-59 win over Iowa before 5,035 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Tuesday night.
The win was the 900th in the history of the program as Louisiana Tech joined Tennessee as the only two women’s basketball programs to accomplish the feat.
Tech (1-2) jumped out to a 20-point first half lead and never allowed Iowa to get any closer than 12 points in the second half, handing the Hawkeyes (5-1) their first defeat of the season.
“I’m so proud of this team,” Long said. “This was a very good Iowa basketball team but we came out and went right after them. We defended them well. We hit shots. We played the type of basketball I fully expect out of this team.”
With the superiorly tall Iowa team playing zone, Tech hit 6-of-9 three-pointers in the first half, including three by Moore, to build a 44-28 lead. The Lady Techsters also defended the Hawkeyes well, holding Iowa to only 31 percent shooting in the first half and 36 percent for the game.
“I thought we locked them down defensively,” Long said. “They are so good with that triangle offense and our kids did exactly what we taught them in the scouting report. We didn’t give up many easy shots.”
Iowa came out in the second half and hit eight of its first 10 field goals but Louisiana Tech always had an answer keeping the Hawkeyes at arms length.
Moore, whose previous career-high was 21 points last year against San Jose State, hit 9-of-18 field goals and 4-of-8 three-pointers.
“I’m so happy for her,” Long said. “She’s a senior and she knows we need her. She certainly stepped up tonight.”
Ty Moore added 14 points and 10 rebounds and JoKeirra Sneed added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Tech.
Meghan Skouby scored 16 points for Iowa while Stacy Schlapkohl added 11 points and Kristi Smith scored 10 points.
Tech returns to action Friday at 8 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the Southern Miss Tournament in Hattiesburg.