ULM Women’s Basketball’s strong first half not enough against LA Tech

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Score: ULM 53, Louisiana Tech 73
Teams: ULM (2-3), Louisiana Tech (2-2)
Location: Monroe, La. (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

Monroe, La. – The ULM women’s basketball team only trailed by nine half Tuesday night, but visiting Louisiana Tech was able to extend the lead throughout the second half on the way to handing the Warhawks a 72-52 defeat inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

After a battle for the lead with five tied scores and four lead changes in the first quarter alone, Louisiana Tech put up an eight-point run after holding only a one-point lead over the Warhawks. The Lady Techsters only extended their lead after that as the game went on. Louisiana Tech put up 26 points in the third quarter with a field goal percentage of 56 percent (10-18) compared to the Warhawks 12 points in the frame.

-There were two Warhawks with double digit points, led by Adreanna Jackson’s team-high 17 points off the bench. Jackson finished the night shooting 5-for-9 from the floor, including three three-point baskets. Alexis Collins added 10 points as the other ULM player in double figures, also finishing the night shooting 5-for-9 from the floor.
-Louisiana Tech’s pressure defense forced ULM into 22 total turnovers that the Lady Techsters turned into 17 points.
-Led by Jackson, ULM finished the night with 25 points from its bench, while Louisiana Tech had 19 points off its bench production.
-ULM shot 92.9 percent (13-for-14) from the free throw stripe on the night. The last time that ULM shot over 90 percent on free throws was against Georgia Southern at the end of last season (March 3, 2016) when they finished the game at 93.8 percent (15-for-19).
-The Warhawks were held scoreless over the final 3:35 of the game as Louisiana Tech was able to close the night out. The Warhawks did go to the stripe four times over that final stretch, missing their only free throw on their final attempt of the night,
-Louisiana Tech finished with a slight edge in rebounds (31-28), and but outscored the Warhawks in points in the paint (36-18), second chance points (11-7) and points off turnovers (17-8).

About the game: Regardless of what the scoreboard showed, we felt like we got better. Defensively, that was our most competitive effort. Offensively we did some good things, but you can’t overcome 22 turnovers unless you shoot an unbelievable percentage in the field. Tonight we didn’t have that – we only shot 38 percent. They made that run at the end of the first half, gained the momentum and expanded the gap to nine points. It was critical for our confidence and everything else for us to come out with a good start in the third quarter and we didn’t do that.
About the players: We needed a few more people to come out and be aggressive, but we never really got that going. We had a few people that learned a lot tonight. Especially some of our freshman. I think they had some great experience and gained some confidence from this game.
Where do we go from here: The last couple games we feel like we’ve gotten better defensively and that was our biggest area of concern. Now we need to turn our attention to clean some things up on the offensive end. Try to eliminate some of the mental errors and careless turnovers. I felt like we got on our heels too much and we have to find a way to be more aggressive.

The Warhawks will hit the road for a pair of road games to open December, beginning against Northwestern State on Sunday in Natchitoches before traveling to take on Ole Miss on Saturday, December 10.

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