Suddenly hot Techsters hold off UTEP for fourth straight

JOURNAL STAFF

RUSTON — The turnaround continued Monday night as the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team posted a not-that-close 68-65 win over UTEP, the fourth straight victory and sixth in the last seven for the Techsters.

After an 0-4 start to the Conference USA season, Tech (14-8, 6-5) is on a roll. Coach Brooke Stoehr’s club never trailed and led 66-56 entering the last minute.

UTEP (13-9, 5-7 C-USA) stayed close into the third quarter, but fell behind by 19 and at the end, never had the ball with a chance to tie. Keiunna Walker, voted the LSWA Women’s Player of the Week earlier Monday, posted a game-high 17 points for the winners, who hit 47 percent overall and on 3-pointers, and sank 14 of 15 free throws.

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LSU 68, OLE MISS 64: At Oxford, the No. 14 Tigers got the second career triple double from Khayla Pointer (16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) along with 20 points and 16 rebounds by Faustine Aifuwa, and 17 points from Alexis Morris. LSU (19-4, 7-3 SEC) led by 12 midway through the fourth quarter before Ole Miss (18-5, 6-4) closed within three in the final minute, but got no closer.

GRAMBLING 81, ALABAMA A&M 72: The Lady Tigers (10-12, 7-4 SWAC) cruised to their third straight victory and sixth in seven tries, building a 46-36 halftime lead and holding off Alabama A&M (8-13, 6-5) on Willis Reed Court at the Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center in Grambling. Alexus Holt poured in 27 points, Justice Coleman had 16 and Ariel Williams 15 for the winners, who sank 56 percent of their shots – matched by the visitors.

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GRAMBLING 58, ALABAMA A&M 50: The G-Men (10-13, 8-3 SWAC) used a smothering second-half defense to prevail over Alabama A&M (5-16, 4-7) at home on the heels of having a five-game win streak snapped at the Hobdy Assembly Center Saturday night by Alabama State. The Tigers allowed only 29 percent shooting after halftime and outscored the visitors by 12. Cameron Christon’s 12 points, 11 by Eric Parrish and 10 from Shawndarius Cowart provided most of Grambling’s scoring.

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