No. 6 Louisiana Tech 99, Lamar 61
RUSTON, La. (AP) _ Louisiana Tech’s second loss of the season had some therapeutic value, said 6-foot-3 Alisa Burras.
Burras had 30 points and 13 rebounds as No. 6 Louisiana Tech trampled Lamar, 99-61, in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.
It was the second straight blowout by the Lady Techsters since losing 66-63 at the University of New Orleans on Jan. 11.
``The New Orleans loss woke us up a bit,″ said Burras, who also blocked three shots. ``I think the last two games we came out ready to play.″
Coach Leon Barmore called Burras ``a little Venus Lacy,″ a reference to the former Tech All-America who anchored the U.S. women’s gold medal team in the 1996 Olympics.
Monica Maxwell added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore Priya Gilmore, replacing suspended Amanda Wilson, contributed nine points and 12 more rebounds for the Lady Techsters (16-2 overall, 4-1 Sun Belt).
Tech, which held a 67-30 rebounding advantage and also blocked seven shots, extended the nation’s longest homecourt winning streak to 23 games at Thomas Assembly Center.
Debbie Cooper’s 13 points led Lamar (4-12, 1-5), which lost its sixth game in a row. Denise Scally and Jodie Brand added 11 points.
Tech jumped to a 12-0 lead, preventing Lamar from scoring until 4:27 had elapsed. All 11 of Tech’s players had seen action by halftime, which ended with the Lady Techsters holding a 54-23 lead.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Techsters opened with a 17-9 run to post a 77-32 lead with 12:51 to play. Tech enjoyed its largest lead of the game, 96-50, with 2:23 to play and coasted.