Techsters roll; Dogs fall short

Lady Techsters 77, UTEP 60

Keiunna Walker scored a career-high 32 points and Anna Larr Roberson added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Techsters to a 77-60 road win over UTEP Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center.

Tech forced 33 turnovers that led to 34 points and the Lady Techsters (15-9, 7-6) held the Miners to just 23 total rebounds in the win, giving them a two-game sweep in the series this year.

“I really thought we stayed poised in the second half,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “I didn’t think we let them speed us up. The first half we turned it over 16 times but really did a much better job in the second half. Our focus just continues to on getting better. We know we will have a tough game Saturday in San Antonio.”

Tech led 22-18 and held a 32-28 lead at the half. However, the Lady Techsters came out of the locker room strong, scoring 22 points in the third quarter and 23 more points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

The Lady Techsters shot 51 percent from the field and hit 20-of-23 free throws in the win.

Tech faces UTSA Saturday at 2 p.m.

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UTEP 63, Bulldogs 60

In a game that had eight ties and 14 lead changes, Louisiana Tech’s miscues on the offensive end was too much to overcome as they fell, 63-60, to UTEP on Thursday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

“It was a disappointing loss for us tonight,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “Give UTEP a lot of credit.  I thought they played with a lot of toughness.  I thought (Boum was sensational, making the plays when they needed it.  All in all, our team did not execute the way we needed to, from taking care of the basketball to leaving a lot of points at the free throw line.  Those were the differences in the game.”

It was an off night for LA Tech (18-7, 9-4 C-USA) in its home building, committing 16 turnovers, making just five three-pointers and missing 14 free throws.

Keaston Willis had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but his three-pointer from the right wing came up just short as UTEP won in Ruston, avenging an earlier season loss at home to the Bulldogs.

Cobe Williams led Tech with 19 points while Kenneth Lofton, Jr. added 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Tech hosts UTSA Saturday at 6 p.m.

 


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