LA Tech Athletics Staff Reports
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters dropped in-state match-ups this weekend while both teams will complete the non-conference portion of their schedules on Wednesday leading into Christmas break.
No. 19 LSU 66, Bulldogs 57
BOSSIER CITY – Louisiana Tech and No. 19 LSU went toe-to-toe on Saturday night inside Brookshire Grocery Arena in front of 6,838 fans. A late run by the Tigers proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs fell, 66-57.
“The turnover battle was the thing we were trying to manage the most,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “In the second half, foul trouble and trying to manage minutes on our end, became tough. I asked our guys to empty the tank and they absolutely did that. No moral victories here. We wanted to win this ball game. I thought our guys did so much to give us a shot. Just needed to manufacture a few more buckets.”
After subbing back into the game after foul trouble, Kenneth Lofton, Jr. got an offensive rebound and putback to tie things up for a seventh time at 57-57 with less than three minutes to go.
From there, LSU (11-0) ended up going on a 9-0 run to end the game, a run that was ignited by Tari Eason who got a friendly bounce on a three-pointer followed by a thrown-up lay-in while falling to the floor.
LA Tech (8-3) opened the game with an 11-0 run and had as much as a 13-point lead in the first half, ultimately taking a 35-27 advantage into the locker room.
LSU quickly countered with a 10-0 run of its own early in the second half to take their first lead of the game at 41-38 with 15:47 left in the game. The Bulldogs responded with eight straight points, including back-to-back threes by Keaston Willis and Exavian Christon.
With Junior out of the game due to fouls and down by two with 7:30 to go, Amorie Archibald sank five straight free throws to make it 55-52. However, the ‘Dogs would manage only two more points the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs will host Crowley Ridge Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
UL-Lafayette 69, Lady Techsters 57
LAFAYETTE, La. – Second half shooting and LA Tech defensive struggles helped UL-Lafayette to 69-57 win over the Lady Techsters Sunday night inside the Cajun Dome.
The Lady Techsters fall to 7-3 on the year, while UL-Lafayette improves to 8-2 overall with the win.
“It was a struggle for us today on both ends of the floor,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We have been very solid defensively all year and were not today. We got beaten to too many 50/50 balls and that can’t ever happen. I liked our energy and focus in practice the last two days. I didn’t see this coming today.
“(UL-)Lafayette was the more aggressive team on both ends of the floor. I thought our group battled in the second quarter and found a way to take the lead despite our struggles. Our defensive energy to start the third wasn’t what it needed to be. We were trading baskets and you can’t do that on the road. We’ll get back tonight and address some things in film and practice to get better and prepare for another road game Wednesday.”
A fast and physical start to the game, saw the Lady Techsters use a quick 6-0 burst to open up an 8-5 lead just four minutes into the contest. The Ragin’ Cajuns responded with seven straight points to take a 16-10 advantage, and hold a 18-14 lead after the opening frame.
The Lady Techsters battled back with a 7-0 spurt, behind five points from Bates to take a 21-20 lead with 5:56 left in the second stanza. Lafayette grabbed the lead right back, but it didn’t last long as a jumper by sophomore Anna Larr Roberson and the fourth made three-pointer by Bates gave the Lady Techsters a 30-29 lead at the break.
Lafayette caught fire out of the break, sparking an 11-2 run to open up a 42-34 advantage with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter. A pair of jumpers by senior Jadona Davis and Walker cut the deficit down to five at 47-42 before Lafayette extended the lead out to 52-42 heading to the final period.
The Ragin’ Cajuns pushed their lead out to as much as 18 at 63-45 before seven straight points by Walker cutting it to 67-54 before falling to UL-Lafayette 69-57.
Bates led Tech with 15 points while Anna Larr Roberson had a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Tech will finish non-conference play Wednesday at McNeese State.
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