No. 6 Louisiana Tech 81, Lamar 44
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) _ Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore didn’t like the way his sixth-ranked Lady Techsters played in the first half against Lamar.
They made it up to him in the last 10 minutes, and then some.
LaQuan Stallworth scored 19 points and Louisiana Tech outscored Lamar 49-19 in the second half for an 81-44 victory in a Sun Belt Conference game.
The Lady Techsters (25-3, 11-2 Sun Belt) led 32-25 at halftime and held an eight-point advantage with 10:16 remaining when they exploded for a 33-4 run to end the game.
``We came out flat in the first half, there is no question about that,″ Barmore said. ``There’s no excuse for that since every player knows the importance of these last two games.″
Stallworth, who also had seven rebounds and five steals, led four Louisiana Tech players in double figures. Alisa Burras had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Monica Maxwell had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Wilson scored 11 points.
``LaQuan played great,″ Barmore said. ``I thought she was the best player on the floor tonight.″
Debbie Cooper scored 14 points to lead Lamar (5-21, 2-12), while Denise Scally added 12 and Jodie Brand 10.
Tech dominated every facet of the game, outrebounding the Lady Cardinals 58-32, forcing 31 turnovers and piling up 21 steals.
``We played hard and didn’t quit, but it’s just a situation of Tech being extremely talented and really getting in your face on defense,″ said Lamar coach David McKey.
``We played well enough in the first half to have a chance, but we just made some crucial turnovers and they killed us on second-chance shots.″