RUSTON - Whitney Frazier scored a career-high tying 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds but Louisiana Tech shot only 29 percent as the Lady Techsters fell 81-69 to No. 15 LSU Saturday afternoon before 2,767 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (0-3) lost the foul-plagued game despite outrebounding the much bigger Lady Tigers 49-39, including pulling down 20 offensive rebounds.
"I thought from the opening tip we had great energy," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherpsoon, who saw her team miss 17 of its first 20 field goal attempts. "However, we had some great opportunities early to get some easy buckets in transition and we missed wide open layups. We took 11 more shots (than LSU) and pulled down offensive rebounds. We did a lot of things well. We just have to make shots."
The game featured 65 fouls called between the two teams and three player ejections resulting from an on-the-floor skirmish in the second half. Tech's TyJae' Chenevert and LSU's DeShawn Harden and Danielle Ballard were all ejected from the game with 13 minutes to play and LSU leading 54-40.
LSU took an early lead and eventually pushed it out to double figures at 22-12 with 9:18 to play in the opening half on a Shanece McKinney layup. The lead eventually climbed to 29-14 before a 10-2 run led by Frazier's six points.
The Lady Tigers held a 42-30 halftime lead.
After seeing the two teams combine for 20 free throws in the opening 20 minutes, the second half quickly became a free throw shooting contest as both teams entered the double bonus in the first seven minutes of the second half.
LSU grabbed a 50-32 lead on a Raigyne Moncrief layup with 17:37 to play before Chrisstasia Walter hit two free throws and Jackson followed with back-to-back three pointers to cut the lead down to 52-40.
On Tech's ensuing possession after Ballard hit a layup to push the lead to 54-40 tempers flared as Chenevert and Harden came face-to-face following a Lady Techster miss. After officials separated the two players and sent the teams to their benches, a 15-minute delay ensued as they viewed the replay monitors.
Eventually the two players and Ballard were ejected.
LSU pushed its 14-point lead out to as many as 19 at 68-49 with 6:17 to play before Tech made one final run to get within 11 at 77-66 on a layup by Frazier.
In addition to Frazier's performance, Walter scored 15 points for Tech. Moncrief led LSU with 17 points while Jeanne Kenney added 13 points.
Tech shot only 29 percent (20-68) for the game, including only 3-of-20 from the three-point line. The Lady Techsters did hit 25-of-32 free throws for 78 percent.
LSU shot 49 percent (28-57) for the game.
Tech returns to action Monday when it hosts Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m.