Louisiana Tech 94, St. Peter’s 50
RUSTON, La. (AP) _ Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore called it one of the Lady Techsters’ ``worst defensive games of the year.″
St. Peter’s coach Mike Granelli had another view of Tech’s 94-50 victory Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Mideast Regional.
``Man, after winning like this they need to get their act together,″ Granelli joked. ``After a game like this, I would have wanted to go drink two beers. I guess that’s the big time.″
Amanda Wilson scored 27 points and Alisa Burras added 21 to lead the fifth-ranked Lady Techsters past St. Peter’s.
Wilson and Burras helped the Lady Techsters (30-3) increase their home winning streak to 33 _ third longest in the nation. Tech also snapped St. Peter’s 18-game winning streak. St. Peter’s finished 25-4.
Louisiana Tech advanced to a second-round game Sunday against Auburn, which defeated Louisville 68-65.
Louisiana Tech never trailed, leading by as many as 22 points in the first half and went into intermission up 47-27.
With both Wilson and Burras attacking St. Peter’s man-to-man defense with their inside shots, the Lady Techsters built leads of 30 or more points during the games final 13 1/2 minutes.
Tech’s defense forced 19 turnovers and allowed St. Peter’s only a 29.4 shooting percentage. With Wilson grabbing 11 rebounds, Burras nine and Monica Maxwell eight, Tech had a 51-33 advantage on the boards.
Still, Barmore was not happy.
``Overall, it was just not one of our better games,″ Barmore said. ``If we go at Auburn in the same manner then we’ve got only one game left to play. And I have to take a lot of the blame. It was not one of my better coaching performances.
``It upsets me that the team I saw out there tonight wasn’t the one I wanted to see.″
Granelli couldn’t believe Barmore’s reaction to the 44-point victory.
``They’re so talented. Explosive,″ Granelli said. ``We had to play a perfect game to even be in the game. When you play Tech you can’t afford to make any mistakes.″
Stephanie DeWolfe, who scored 11 for St. Peter’s, had hoped for a better showing against Tech, which has won 30 or more games three times in the last four years.
``It was real frustrating that we didn’t play up to our abilities,″ she said. ``I know it would have still been tough to beat such a great team, but we would have come away with a much better feeling. Just getting this far is a reward in and of itself for this season.″
Priya Gilmore also had 12 for Tech.
Tonya Gertrude led St. Peter’s with 14 and Mildred Washington scored 10.