RUSTON, Louisiana – Four Lady Techsters scored in double digits, led by 18 from junior Keiunna Walker, as the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team beat Nicholls State 77-48 on Monday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Lady Techsters improve to 3-1 on the season with the win, while Nicholls State drops to 2-3 on aggregate with the loss.
A slow opening frame saw the Lady Techsters stretch the scoreboard on back-to-back three from sophomore Salma Bates. Bates’ three ignited an 8-2 streak, giving the Lady Techsters a 19-12 lead at the end of the first period.
The second quarter saw the Colonels and Lady Techsters trading baskets from the start. A layup trio of second-year Lotte Sant and Anna Larr Roberson and rookie Amaya Brannon pushed the Lady Techsters’ lead to 33-23 at the break.
LA Tech held Nicholls State at bay, as the Lady Techsters forced seven turnovers to trigger a 13-0 run, giving Tech a 46-23 lead with 7:59 left in the third quarter. The Colonels reduced the deficit to 50-35 with 3:16 left in the period, but back-to-back layups by Roberson and Brannon took the Lady Techsters’ lead to 60-41 by the end of the third.
The Lady Techsters opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 flurry as six different Lady Techsters scored to help Tech take the 73-43 advantage. Senior Jadona Davis closed the scoring for Tech as the Lady Techsters took the 77-48 victory.
• LA Tech goes 19-1 against Nicholls State. The Lady Techsters also have a perfect 10-0 record against the Colonels in Ruston.
• The Lady Techsters forced 29 turnovers from Nicholls State, the 102nd time forcing 20 or more turnovers in a game since the 2010-11 season.
• Tech had 20 interceptions against the Colonels, a season high. The 20 steals were the most stolen in a game since collecting 20 steals at Fresno State on Jan. 13, 2011.
• Keiunna Walker scored a record 18 points, his 45th career game in double digits.
• Salma Bates posted a career-high 16 points on 6 of 10 shots while adding five interceptions.
• Amaya Brannon scored a season-high 15 points and had five interceptions, a season-high.
• Anna Larr Roberson had seven rebounds, a record for the team, while hitting double-digit numbers with 12 points.
• The Lady Techsters took the rebound from the Colonels 39-33. This is the third time this season that Tech has overtaken its opponent.
Head Coach Brooke Stoehr
“I liked our energy and our efforts to start the third quarter. We were a little careless and cowardly in the first half. I’m really proud of the way the group competed in the second half. We need to be consistent with our concentration for 40 minutes. We will continue to focus on maintaining this effort and consistency with this young group at the start of the season. I was very happy with Salma Bates on offense, Amaya Brannon on both ends and Keiunna’s ball pressure was really important to us. We need to keep growing and improving, so we’re going to get back to work tomorrow and keep working on things as we head into a tough pair of games against Boise State and Colorado. “
The Lady Techsters will travel to Boulder, Colorado to participate in the Colorado Thanksgiving Classic. The Lady Techsters face Boise State on Friday at 3:00 p.m. CT before facing Colorado on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT.
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