Walker’s outburst triggers Techsters; LSUS sweeps at home

TORRID TECHSTER: Keiunna Walker’s 32-point outburst fueled a convincing road win for Louisiana Tech.

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EL PASO – Junior guard Keiunna Walker poured in a career-best 32 points Thursday night as Louisiana Tech thrashed UTEP 77-60 in a Conference USA women’s basketball contest.

The Lady Techsters (15-8, 7-6) moved a half-game behind Southern Miss for the C-USA West Division lead after Anna Larr Roberson contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds, the eighth double-double of the season for the Cedar Creek High product.

UTEP (13-11, 5-9) trailed by only 32-28 at the half, but an 11-2 third-quarter run by Tech created separation and the visitors widened the gap to 22 points in the final quarter. The Techsters hit 51 percent from the floor and sank 20 of 23 free throws while forcing 33 turnovers, a season high.

Tech won for the seventh time in its last nine league games.

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LSUS 91, JARVIS CHRISTIAN 65: At the Dock for the first time in three weeks, the Pilots posted their third straight Red River Athletic Conference win. LSUS (18-7, 11-2) got 21 points off the bench from Kevin Norman, while Jeff Boyd scored 20, Leondre Washington 18 and Akeem White notched 16 points and 14 rebounds. The visitors dropped to 6-16, 2-12.

UTEP 63, LOUISIANA TECH 60: In Ruston, the Miners (15-10, 8-5) pulled a mild Conference USA surprise as the Bulldogs (18-7, 9-4) shot a season-low 34 percent from the floor, missed 14 free throws and made 16 turnovers while posting a season scoring low. The game had 14 lead changes, the last in a 9-0 UTEP burst after Tech moved up 53-49 with three minutes to go. Cobe Williams scored 19 to pace the ‘Dogs, with Kenneth Lofton Jr. posting 12 points and 16 rebounds.

NORTHWESTERN STATE 88, INCARNATE WORD 64: A 27-6 outburst over the first 11 minutes after halftime blew open a tight Southland Conference contest in San Antonio as Captain Shreve product Kendal Coleman posted 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Demons (8-19, 4-6). UIW (5-22, 1-9) made only 2 of its first 18 shots after halftime. NSU sank 58 percent overall and outrebounded the Cardinals by 11.

UL LAFAYETTE 78, ULM 77: In Monroe, ULM overcame 19 unanswered first-half points by the Ragin’ Cajuns and led 77-75 with 49 seconds left, but lost on a Kobe Julien free throw with two seconds to go. ULL (11-13, 6-8) tied it at 77 on a pair of free throws by 26-point scorer Jordan Brown at the 0:37 mark, then the Warhawks (13-14, 5-10) failed to score on their next possession. Andre Jones produced 26 points, his fifth straight 20-point total, on 11 of 16 shooting for ULM, and snagged 9 rebounds.

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LSUS 84, JARVIS CHRISTIAN 57: The Lady Pilots enjoyed their return home to the Dock, setting a single-game school record with 11 blocked shots. Chelsea White had 6 of the rejections and topped LSUS with 19 points and 11 rebounds as the visitors (4-14, 3-11) were stymied all night.

INCARNATE WORD 67, NORTHWESTERN STATE 60 (OT): In San Antonio, the Lady Demons led most of the night but UIW surged with 10 straight points in the late stages of overtime. NSU (10-11, 3-7 Southland) was outrebounded 55-38, allowing 14 second-chance points off the offensive boards, and gave up 17 points on turnovers. UIW (8-13, 4-6) got 28 points from Jaaucklyn Moore. Candice Parramore’s 13 points led Northwestern. The teams combined for only 14 points in the third quarter and just 19 in the fourth.

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