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Techsters become clutch

February 21, 2013

 

Whitney Frazier shoots the game winning three-pointer over Idaho’s Ali Forde with .2 second remaining. – Photos by Donny Crowe

Whitney Frazier’s game winning three-pointer gives Tech hope

 

Reina Kempt
Sports Editor

 

It looked like another loss last Saturday for the Techsters against long-time conference mate Idaho. Tech was down 62-61 with just 8.4 seconds remaining in what looked to be the Techsters fourth down-to-the-wire loss in conference this season.

 

The ladies couldn’t afford another loss; even though it is too late to claim first place in the conference regular season, another tough loss after last Thursday’s defeat to Seattle would have kicked the Techsters while they were down.

 

But head coach Teresa Weatherspoon called a timeout after Idaho’s go ahead bank shot and drew up a play, not giving up hope on her struggling players.

 

Tech inbounded the ball with junior guard Janay Borum pushing it ahead the distance of the floor; she fell immediately after crossing half court which seemed to be the deal breaker for Tech but Borum kept her dribble alive and made a pass to freshman guard Lulu Perry, who dribbled across court to the left wing and passed it to sophomore forward Whitney Frazier who threw up a prayer from three-point range.

 

Her prayer was answered as the high shot ball banked the side of the backboard and swished in with .2 seconds remaining. The Lady Techsters celebrated in triumph as they came out victorious in a thrilling fashion.

 

Weatherspoon said the last play was not run as plan but her players still played with confidence and pulled out the win.

 

The Techster bench reacts to the victory.

“We were trying to get Janay to push the ball up the floor and give it to Kelia but Janay fell,” she said. “Frazier knew the timing and took it confidently. Before the game she said she didn’t feel like she could miss.”

 

Frazier’s buzzer beater gave the Techsters life–much needed life. With losing four of the last six conference matchups, this victory gave the girls a lot of momentum going into the last four games before the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

 

“This is big for those kids to see something go their way,” Weatherspoon said. “Especially when you tell them to play hard and great things will happen. And this could be the best momentum builder that could come their way. You feel good about yourself to win something like this down the stretch.”

 

Despite Frazier’s buzzer beater, Weatherspoon said her post players and ball handlers were a critical part of their win Saturday night. The Techsters only turned the ball over nine times during the course of the game.

 

“They were working hard,” she said. “Our bigs were productive. They were setting good screens and finishing at the rims. We took care of the ball as well.”

 

A lot of players are stepping up for the Techsters but Shelton has the highlight of the season.

 

Shelton scored 45 points in the victory against University of Texas at San Antonio on the road. She also made a season high 16 field goals, shot 72 percent from field and made 10 free throws in this career high game.

 

The Techsters will have to play some tough games against the likes of Utah State and New Mexico State, both teams that Tech fell short to earlier in the season. Shelton will have to have another spurt of energy in order to give the Techsters some wins.

 

These next four games are crucial in preparing for the tourney as higher seeds play lower seeds and Tech would definitely rather play Texas State in the first round than have another nail biter with Idaho or Utah State.

 

The WAC tournament is devastatingly vital to the extension of the Techsters’ season being it is the only way they can become eligible for the NCAA tournament.

 

The WAC tournament is from March 13-16 in Las Vegas.

 

It’s either win or go home.

 

Email comments to rjk007@latech.edu.

 

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