No. 1 Louisiana Tech 98, Arkansas St. 68
RUSTON, La. (AP) _ Coach Leon Barmore wasn’t pleased with Louisiana Tech’s 98-68 victory over Arkansas State, even though the victory gave the nation’s top-ranked women’s team its second unbeaten Sun Belt Conference season in the three years.
``That looked like November,″ Barmore said after Saturday night’s game. ``I expect a lot more from myself, more from our team and a lot more from our fans.″
Debra Williams scored 21 points for the Lady Techsters.
With the victory, the Lady Techsters (25-1, 14-0 Sun Belt) produced their best regular-season record since Tech’s 1989-90 team was 27-0 heading into the postseason.
Only twice before, in 1989-90 and 1980-81, has a Louisiana Tech team compiled a better regular-season record.
Amanda Wilson gave the Techsters a 26-24 lead with 7:18 left in the first half and Tech never trailed again. The Techsters broke open the game with a 10-0 run ending the first half, taking a 48-34 lead.
In the final 20 minutes, Arkansas State (16-10, 9-5) could never get the lead under single digits as they lost to the Techsters for the 10th consecutive time.
A free throw by Vicki Johnson gave Tech its first 20-point lead at 70-50 with 9:06 left and the Techsters cruised from there.
Arkansas State got no closer than 21 points after a Johnson tipin with 5:44 remaining.
Racquel Spurlock had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Tech, while Johnson, Kendra Neal and Monica Maxwell added 12 points apiece, and Wilson added 10. Neal also handed out seven assists.
Danielle Featherston and Shundra Smith paced the Arkansas State attack. Featherston finished with a game-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers and Smith had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Mia Kemp finished with 10 points.