Techsters record milestone victory

When the dust settled Monday night at the Thomas Assembly Center, Louisiana Tech staved off a furious UTEP rally and picked up a 68-65 win over the Miners.

It was an important win for Tech – which moved into second place in the C-USA West Division standings just a half game behind Southern Miss – and it marked the program’s 500th victory at the Thomas Assembly Center.

“There are a lot of programs that don’t have 500 wins in their history, much less 500 in their home building,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “It’s a tribute to all the great players and coaches who have been a part of this program.”

Win No. 500 didn’t come easy.

Tech (14-8, 6-5) led 49-30 midway through the third quarter before UTEP used a 10-0 run over a two-minute stretch to claw its way back into the game.

The Lady Techsters led 57-46 entering the fourth and final quarter. One reason for the lead was the fact Tech committed just six turnovers through three quarters which offset UTEP’s dominance on the glass – the Miners pulled down 15 offensive boards which led to 18 second chance points.

However, the fourth quarter saw Tech commit eight turnovers as UTEP turned up the pressure. The Miners capitalized on the turnovers and pulled to within two possessions, but Tech held on for the win – its fourth straight and sixth in the last seven games.

Keiunna Walker – who was named the LSWA State Player of the Week earlier on Monday – led Tech with 17 points while Anna Larr Roberson added 12 points and Salma Bates 11 points.

Tech hosts Charlotte Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Photo: Sadie Patton

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