Dec. 13, 1997
RUSTON, La.– Louisiana Tech put together a 16-0 run late in the game to pull away from Florida State here Saturday evening en route to an 86-60 win. The No. 4 Lady Techsters move to 5-2, while FSU falls to 4-4.
The win moves the Techsters into elite company, becoming just the second school to reach 650 wins as a program. Tech joins Tennessee as the other school, but the Techsters became the quickest team to reach the milestone. Tech also extended their home court win streak to 36 straight, the second longest in the nation.
Junior forward Amanda Wilson led all scorers with a career-high 30 points, while pulling down eight rebounds. Wilson hit 13-of-18 field goals and played all 40 minutes. LaQuan Stallworth added a career-high 20 points with six assists and Tamicha Jackson had 17 points and eight assists.
Florida State stayed close for the first thirty minutes of the game as Tech’s largest lead in the first half was a nine-point advantage with 3:08 remaining in the half. The Lady Seminoles quickly cut the lead to three at 32-29 with 1:14 left. However, Jackson then hit two jumpers in the last 35 seconds, including a half-court shot at the buzzer to push Tech’s lead to 37-29 at the break.
Tech took control of the game in the first six and a half minutes of the second half, extending its lead to 17 by the 13:46 mark. However, FSU scored nine straight points to cut the lead to eight points with 11:19 to play.
That was as close as the Lady Seminoles would come, though. Tech gradually extended its lead to 15 points before FSU cut the lead to 10 with 7:24 to play. That is when the Techsters reeled off 16 straight points to put Florida State away.
“Tamicha and LaQuan were outstanding for us tonight, both offensively and defensively tonight,” Tech head coach Leon Barmore said. “I thought LaQuan played really well defensively. At times our offense was much better than it has been all year. Defensively we’re just not very good right now.”
Barmore also said he was really pleased with the play of Jamie Scheppmann and Melshika Bowman, who both came off the bench.
Tech will return to action Monday as they host Northeast Louisiana at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.