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Lady Techsters’ tough road trip comes to an end

February 4, 2018

 

ANDREW BELL
Sports Editor | agb022@latech.edu

 

 

After a grueling four-game road trip, the Lady Techsters should be relieved to be back home for their next two games.

 

The Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team dropped their last game to Florida Atlantic (9-7, 3-2 Conference USA) in an 86-72 shootout, to even their record to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in C-USA. This game was the last of a grueling road trip in which Tech went 1-3.

 

The Lady Techsters had no answer for FAU senior forward Sasha Cedeno, who is second in the conference in scoring (18.7 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.6 rpg). Cedeno racked up a game high 30 points while shooting 50 percent from the field, 57 percent from the 3-point line and 73 percent from the free-throw line. She also grabbed a game high 11 rebounds to round out a game-altering performance.

 

Another key performer for FAU was junior guard Danneal Ford, who dropped 21 points and dished out seven assists to her teammates.

 

For Tech, its shining performances included those from freshman guard Raizel Quinto, junior forward Reauna Cleaver and sophomore guard Anna McLeod. Quinto scored a team high 16 points while draining four threes, McLeod knocked down five of her eight shot attempts for 12 points and Cleaver racked up 12 points but struggled from the free-throw line, only hitting six of her 18 attempts.

 

Free-throws and threes were the death of Tech on this particular night. Tech struggled mightily from the free throw line, only making 11 of their 26 attempts for an abysmal 42 percent while FAU made 23 of their astounding 33 attempts. Tech actually shot well from 3-point land at 41 percent. However, they allowed FAU to shoot 7-14 from behind the arc.

 

FAU also outrebounded Tech 50-35. With these statistical factors in FAU’s favor, it was tough for Tech to find a way to outduel the Owls.

 

Head coach Brooke Stoehr and the Lady Techsters started conference play off well with a 3-1 record, but their last two consecutive losses dropped their conference record to 3-3. In order to bounce back, Stoehr believes they have a few adjustments to make.

 

“We didn’t defend well enough down the stretch and put them at the free-throw line too many times instead of making them make shots,” Stoehr said. “At the end of the day, our focus as coaches and administrators has to be on the welfare of these students. We were put in a very difficult situation today and weren’t able to make enough plays to win the game.”

 

Tech will look to get back on track Friday as they host Old Dominion (4-16, 2-4 C-USA) at 6:30 p.m.

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