Tired Tech puts hurt on Bulldogs

Daily Journal, wire reports

RUSTON, La. – Twelfth-ranked Louisiana Tech was sick and tired – literally.

But they had enough strength in reserve Sunday afternoon to send Mississippi State back home nursing the effects of a 94-65 defeat. The Lady Bulldogs (2-4) will try to get back on the winning track Tuesday against Tennessee-Martin in a game at Tupelo's BancorpSouth Center. Tipoff is set for 4:45 p.m.

“It's going to be a great crowd,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Sharon Fanning. “It's an opportunity for Tan White to play in front of her fans.”

White, a Tupelo High School product, scored 13 points in Sunday's defeat but had eight of her team's 26 turnovers.

Trina Frierson scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead a flu-ridden squad of Lady Techsters (6-1) to a 29-point victory before a Thomas Assembly Center crowd of 3,453.

Frierson scored 15 of her points in the first half, and finished 13-of-24 from the floor.

Tech extended its homecourt win streak against unranked teams to 151 games.

“She did a great job in this game of going inside and attacking more with a power game rather than just hitting that 10-to-15 foot jumper that she usually relies on,” coach Kurt Budke said.

“He wanted me to be more aggressive and get to the foul line more and that's what I tried to do. I don't want to be just a one-dimensional player,” Frierson said.

The Lady Techsters had five double-figures scorers, despite a run of flu and finishing a demanding four-game schedule over eight days.

“This was a good win for us because we have had several players sick with the flu, plus another dealing with a wisdom tooth,” Budke said.

Erica Smith-Taylor added 14 points for the Lady Techsters, who meet No. 7 Penn State on Dec. 21.

Seneca Anderson led Mississippi State with 18 points. Tiania Burns added 13 points and Mamie McKinney had 12 rebounds.

Louisiana Tech led 43-38 in rebounding.

The Techsters led 14-4 after the first five minutes and led 49-25 by halftime. In the last two and a half minutes of that half, Tech scored six unanswered points, four back-to-back by Smith-Taylor.

Louisiana Tech had three double digit scorers by halftime. Frierson had 15, Carter 13 and Smith-Taylor 10.

“Their quickness is unbelievable and they've got tremendous depth. They don't lose much at all when they go to their bench,” said MSU's Fanning. “They've got a lot of weapons.”