Roberson, Bates named all-tournament

Salma Bates and Anna Larr Roberson were both named to the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic all-tournament team leading Louisiana Tech to a 1-1 record during the two-game event this past weekend.

Roberson, the Cedar Creek High School graduate, averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game, which included a 17-point, 13-rebound, 4-block effort in a 60-57 win over Boise State. She followed that up with an 8-point, 11-rebound performance in a loss to the host Colorado Buffalos on Saturday.

Bates averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 assists per game. She hit the biggest shot of the weekend, connecting on a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give Tech the 60-57 win over Boise State on Friday. She scored 11 points and dished out six assists against the Broncos.

Roberson and Bates will lead the Lady Techsters into Thursday night’s contest at ULM. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. from Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

LA Tech 60, Boise State (Friday)

Salma Bates drained a three-pointer as time expired to give Louisiana Tech a 60-57 win over Boise State Friday afternoon inside the CU Events Center in the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic.

With the Lady Techsters trailing 57-53 with 30-seconds remining, a 7-0 run highlighted by a miraculous three-pointer from Bates as time expired gave Tech the win.

“I was proud of the resilience the group showed down the stretch,” said Stoehr. “We didn’t have our best game today, but they found a way to execute down the stretch in a late game situation. They took away our first option from the sideline play but the in-bounder is always an option when they double or help off. Lotte made a heads up play by seeing that and getting the ball right back to Salma. It looked great when it left her hands. Salma is just calm and steady.”

Junior Keiunna Walker knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 57-55, before freshman Amaya Brannon powered through contact to even the score at 57-57. Tech got a big rebound on the defensive side of the floor and called a timeout to advance the ball with 1.2 second remaining. Out of the timeout, Bates launched a three from just in-front of the bench and sank it as the buzzard sounded.

Roberson led Tech with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Walker added 14 points and Bates 11.

Colorado 59, LA Tech 48 (Saturday)

Despite a game-high 17 points by Keiunna Walker the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team fell, 59-48, to Colorado in their final game of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic inside the CU Events Center Saturday afternoon.

“I thought our group competed really hard today against a tough, experienced Colorado team,” said Stoehr. “This game had a postseason feel to it. I was pleased with how we responded after an emotional win yesterday. They were ready to compete from the tip.

“We have some areas to continue to develop and clean up as we get home and prepare for our upcoming games. We learned a lot about our group the last two days, and I’m excited about the direction this team is headed.”

Walker was the lone Techster in double figures. Salma Bates and Amaya Brannon each scored nine points while Roberson added eight points and 11 rebounds.


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