Charlotte Downs LA Tech in C-USA Tournament
FRISCO, Texas – Jade Phillips scored 17 second half points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Charlotte used a big fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat Louisiana Tech 55-46 Wednesday afternoon at The Star in the first day of the 2019 Air Force Reserve C-USA Basketball Tournament.
Tech (14-16) overcame a slow start of its own to build a 40-32 lead through three quarters of action before the 49ers (18-11) outscored the Lady Techsters 23-6 over the final 10 minutes of action. Tech hit just 1-of-22 shots from the field in the fourth quarter.
“Tough day today,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “They hung in there. Give them credit. They got off to a really good start, and we got off to a slow start. I was proud of us for taking a lead at half and leading most of the third.
“They took a lead late in the fourth, and we couldn’t recover down the stretch. Ending the game 1-for-22, you’re not going to win many games like that. We couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch to win a game in March.”
Tech trailed 15-6 after the opening quarter of play after hitting just 2-of-16 field goals in the first 10 minutes of play. However, the Lady Techsters used a 14-0 second quarter run to eventually build a 25-19 halftime lead. Sophomore Raizel Guinto ended the first half by nailing a high arching three-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Lady Techsters the lead and the momentum at the half.
The third quarter saw both teams battle back and forth as the Tech lead was never greater than eight and never less than two during the stanza. Kierra Anthony, who ended the game with 15 points, scored the final four minutes of the quarter to give Tech a 40-32 lead heading into the final run.
But the fourth quarter proved to be an offensive nightmare for Tech. Anthony’s layup with 3:47 to play in the game gave Tech a 46-41 lead, but was the only made field goal of the final 10 minutes of play.
Charlotte ended the game on a 14-0 run as Tech missed its final 13 shots of the game.
“I don’t fault our effort,” said Stoehr. “We were really trying and being aggressive, but we just couldn’t buy a basket and couldn’t get a stop when we needed to.”
Freshman Brianna Harris added eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss for Tech, which outrebounded Charlotte 47-43.
For the game, Tech hit just 26 percent (17-66) of its field goals, including just 2-of-16 from the three-point line.