Techsters torch Mean Green in C-USA win

LA Tech shot 64 percent from the field in its 81-66 win over North Texas. (Photo by Kyle Kavanaugh).

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team had one of their best offensive nights in the last 20 years shooting 64 percent from the floor, including 7-12 from three, to capture their tenth win of the season, 81-66, over North Texas. 

“Our biggest thing has been concentrating on the turnover margin to value possessions and increase our chances on offense,” said head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We have been really efficient on offense but we need more shots. We weren’t our best defensively tonight, but when we did get stops it allowed us to get some easy looks in transition and that settles us down. We have to commit on the defensive end to communicate more consistently and we saw what we can do in the third quarter tonight.”

Four Techsters reached double figures including Lotte Sant who had a career-high 17 on five made threes. Keiunna Walker reached 20-plus for the third straight game (23), Robyn Lee tied a season-high with 16, and Salma Bates added 12. 

“We need these games from Lotte and Robyn,” said Stoehr. “When we go to these small lineups it opens the floor up for us so much and with them shooting the ball like we have, it gives us so much more. Our guards did a great job attacking down hill and penetrating to find our shooters.”

Both teams found an offensive rhythm in the first quarter trading baskets for most of the quarter until LA Tech (10-6, 3-3 C-USA) finished on an 11-0 run over the final 2:45 of the stanza to take a 25-17 lead.

A Mackenzie Wurm jumper gave Tech their largest lead of the half before North Texas (4-11, 1-4 C-USA) answered with back-to-back threes. Robyn Lee was able to stretch the lead back to eight, but an 8-2 Mean Green run over the next four minutes would bring North Texas back to within two. Each team would add two baskets over the final 1:39 holding Tech’s lead to two at the half (37-35). 

In the third, Tech was able to string together another 11-0 run followed by a 9-0 over the final 3:26 of the period en route to a 26-9 quarter building a 19-point lead (63-44). 

North Texas would not go away, starting the final quarter on a 13-5 run over the first 2:46 to cut their deficit to 11 (68-57), but a Bates three followed by a pair of free throws and Sant’s fifth three of the night pushed Tech’s lead back to 19 with 4:21 remaining (76-57). 

Tech would empty their bench in the final minutes and coasted to the 14-point victory and marking win No. 599 for the program’s all-time in Ruston. 

Tech finished the night tying a season-high 30 made field goals on 47 shots (.643), while North Texas hit 25-56 (.446) and 7-13 from three (.53.8). Tech is now 8-1 when scoring 70 or more and 9-1 when leading entering the fourth quarter. 

LA Tech’s 35 bench points mark the second-most this season and their 38 points in the paint mark the seventh time this season to reach 30-plus.

The Lady Techsters travel to face UAB Saturday.

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