Ruston’s Roberson joins Techster 1,000-point club

Ruston native and former Cedar Creek star Anna Larr Roberson became the 45th player in Lady Techster history to score 1,000 points.

By Malcolm Butler

A jumper by Anna Larr Roberson with 6:43 to play in the fourth quarter Tuesday evening at Moody Coliseum put the former Cedar Creek School star in elite company.

Roberson’s bucket in an eventual 63-59 loss to SMU Tuesday made her the 45th player in the storied history of Lady Techster basketball to join the 1,000-point club.

It’s elite company and the names are the who’s who of Techster basketball.

“It’s always a big accomplishment for a player to reach the 1,000th career point milestone,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “Anna Larr has been an incredible teammate and competitor. I’m really proud of her growth over the last three years and excited about what’s to come this season. She has worked hard to help our team grow and has expanded her individual game in the process. I love coaching her and am proud of how she shows up to compete consistently for our group.”

Roberson, a preseason all-Conference USA selection by the league coaches, finished the game with 9 points and four rebounds despite battling foul trouble most of the game.

As a true freshman, Roberson scored 201 points in 29 games. She followed that up with 271 points in 24 games as a sophomore before breaking out with 485 points in 31 games as a junior. She has 43 points in four games thus far this season to put her at exactly 1,000 points.

Roberson already owns the program record with 20 made field goals in a game when she scored 44 points in a double overtime win over Rice in 2021-22. The 44 points are the fifth most in program history.

While Roberson was joining the elite group Tuesday, teammate Keiunna Walker scored a game-high 22 points for the Lady Techsters who built a 10-point first quarter lead but couldn’t pick up the road win against the Mustangs.

Walker and Roberson both battled foul trouble throughout the game. Tech held a 29-28 halftime lead and the two teams were tied 46-46 entering the final stanza.

After SMU built a seven-point lead late, Tech closed to within one and had two opportunities to win it but three-point attempts by Walker and Gabbie Green were off the mark and SMU hit two free throws in the final second to seal the win.

“This one is a tough one to swallow,” said Stoehr. “We knew it would be a battle against a tough SMU team on the road. I thought we got off to a great start and really shared and moved the ball for easy shots in the first quarter. We had a number of players in foul trouble and faced some adversity all night, but our group battled and had some good moments.”

Louisiana Tech will head to Las Vegas, Nev. for a three-day Thanksgiving tournament hosted by UNLV. The Techsters will face Stetson at 6 p.m. CT inside the Thomas and Mack Center. There will be no live stream for the tournament, but the game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network app. 


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