Louisiana Tech used a 17-5 burst midway thorough the second half to turn a narrow two-point lead into a 14-point cushion en route to a 68-53 win over the Tulane women's basketball team at the New Orleans Arena on Saturday.
With the loss, Tulane drops to 3-2 overall, while Louisiana Tech improved to 3-2 overall. The Lady Techsters are ranked 13th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and 15th by the Associated Press.
Louisiana Tech took a 31-24 lead into the locker room and scored the first eight points of the second half to build a 15-point lead with 17:51 left in the game. Tulane fought back, however, outscoring Tech 15-3 over the next six minutes to trim the lead to 42-39 before the Lady Techsters made their game-breaking run.
"I thought we did a great job in the second half of battling back," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "We got back to within two, but
I think there was just too much time left to
try to stall them out for the rest of the game. Louisiana Tech did a good job of hitting the offensive boards in the second half and that
is what made the difference."
Teana McKiver led Tulane on both ends of the floor, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking seven shots. She also turned in a strong defensive performance on Tech's leading scorer, Cheryl Ford, limiting her to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.
"If Teana McKiver wasn't an All-American tonight, then I've never seen one," Stockton said. "She was sensational on both ends of the floor. She did a great job limiting Ford's touches during Tech's offensive possessions and only picked up one foul in 38 minutes. She played very smart basketball."
Delacey Joseph had 13 points off the bench for Tulane, while Lakethia Hampton added a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, as the Tulane bench outscored their Tech counterparts 25-18. Amber Obaze led Tech with 21 points, while Trina Frierson added 10.
Tech had a 47-39 edge in rebounding and pulled down 20 offensive boards. Tulane committed 19 turnovers, with 14 of those coming in the second half. Playing in the New Orleans Arena, home of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, had an effect on both team's shooting, as the two squads were just a combined 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from behind the three-point line.
"To play a team of the caliber of Louisiana Tech was a great experience for our team and we were glad to have them here," Stockton said. "I think we learned today that every possession counts. If we had been smart for the entire 40 minutes,
I think it would have been a different game."
Coming up, the Wave's schedule doesn't get any easier, as the Wave play host to Drake at Fogelman Arena on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.. Last season, Drake posted a 25-8 record and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The two teams met in Des Moines, Iowa, last season, with Drake taking a 67-58 victory.
Late Burst Lifts Louisiana Tech Past Tulane, 68-53
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