RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s Lady Techsters broke a Conference USA skid Monday afternoon behind defense and a balanced scoring attack to dump UTSA 79-64 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech improved to 9-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play. UTSA fell to 4-12/1-4 in C-USA.
The Techsters’ defense gave up just one field goal over a seven-minute stretch while also forcing nine turnovers in the first quarter. Tech connected on all nine free throws and hit 3-of-4 from deep to take a 26-12 lead after the first 10 minutes.
UTSA closed within 37-28, but the Lady Techsters responded with an 8-0 burst into a 45-30 lead at the break and pushed the lead over 20 in the third period.
The spread soared to as much as 31, 72-41 with 6:12 remaining before Techster reserves finished and the Roadrunners closed the final gap.
Tech’s defense generated 14 steals, blocked five shots, and forced 24 turnovers leading to 26 Lady Techster points, including 22 in the first half.
Keiunna Walker posted a game-high 20 points, her fourth 20-point game this season. Walker is one of three players in C-USA to have scored in double-figures in every game this season.
Tech missed only one of 23 free throws.
I was pleased with our energy and our start on both ends of the floor today. We got some good stops, our guards rebounded and we got some turnovers that allowed for us to get out in transition early,” said coach Brooke Stoehr.
The Lady Techsters travel to face UAB Saturday at 2 p.m.
BOSSIER PARISH CC MEN 110, NSU JV 53: The Cavaliers rolled at home Monday night, more than doubling up the junior varsity from Northwestern State on Billy Montgomery Court.
Christian Caldwell poured in 23 points for BPCC, leading five double-digit scorers.
Domonique Perry added 13, with 12 each from Eric McKnight and Derick Hamilton.
The young Demons got 13 points from true freshman guard Jackson Waggoner, son of Demon great and Logansport native Wayne Waggoner.
Photo: by SADIE PATTON