Roberson, Brannon lead Techsters to win

Amaya Brannon scored a career-high 18 points to lead Tech to a Sunday afternoon road win over ULM.

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

The Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team picked up their first road win of the season and moved the 3-0 for the first time since 2017 with a 68-53 win over ULM at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe Sunday.

Amaya Brannon scored a career-high 18 points and added career-high with nine rebounds while Anna Larr Roberson recorded her 17th career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Tech (3-0) saw a 16-point third quarter lead shrivel down to three late in the period before pulling away with a 14-2 run to start the fourth quarter.

“It’s always good to get a win on the road,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “I’m proud of the way we started and finished the game, but we needed to take better shots and be more disciplined at times today. We are three games in and still figuring some things out with this group.

“We have the next week to finish the quarter strong academically and get some things worked out with practice. We will get back to work and clean up several areas as we prepare to head into a four-game stretch on the road.”

LA Tech (3-0) overcame a slow start from the floor with offensive rebounds and defense to build a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Techsters pulled down seven offensive rebounds in the first period leading to six second-chance points. ULM (1-1) was just 3-15 shooting in the first.

In the second, ULM (1-1) used a 13-4 run over three minutes to cut Tech’s lead to 28-24 with 1:48 remaining, but a 5-0 close to the period gave the Techsters a nine-point advantage at the break, 33-24.

Tech came out firing in the third using a 9-2 run over the first 2:32 capped off Silvia Nativi’s three to build the lead to 16 (42-26), but ULM responded again, closing the quarter 18-5 with Tech clinging to a 47-44 lead after three.

LA Tech put together their most complete quarter in the final stanza, beginning with a quick 6-0 run in the first two minutes forcing ULM into a timeout. The Techsters extended the run to 14-2 with five minutes remaining and used the clock mixed with timely stops to build their biggest lead at 17 (65-48). 

Three other Lady Techsters joined Brannon in double figures. Anna Larr Roberson posted her first double-double of the season, with 13 points and ten rebounds; Keiunna Walker added 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists; Robyn Lee chipped in with 10 points and added five rebounds and three assists of her own. 

Tech shot over 41 percent from the floor on 28-68 shooting, went 4-11 from three, and hit 8-11 free throws. Tech has shot over 40 percent in each game this season, while holding their opponents to under 35 percent each contest. The Warhawks were 21-61 (.344) on the day.