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Lady Techsters can't overcome deficit; fall to Texas State

RUSTON, LA (KSLA/Louisiana Tech Sports Information) -

Texas State built an 11-point halftime lead and hung on late staving off a Louisiana Tech rally as the Bobcats defeated the Lady Techsters 68-63 before 1067 fans at the Convocation Center.
After leading by as many as 14 points in the second half, Texas State saw its lead cut to 61-60 with 1:02 to play in the game when Lulu Perry hit an off-balanced jumper in the lane. The Bobcats (9-14, 3-10) scored four straight points to push the advantage out to 65-60 before Kelia Shelton hit a three-pointer with 21 seconds to play to cut the deficit to 65-63.
Following a Lady Techster foul in the backcourt, Texas State freshman Raven Burns then missed the front end of a one-and-one with 20 seconds to play and Shelton pulled down the defensive rebound. However, Shelton's outlet pass for Perry went out of bounds, giving the basketball back to the Bobcats.
Texas State hit three more free throws for the final margin as Tech saw its modest two-game winning streak come to an end.
Tech (11-12, 7-5) began the game strong as Shelton scored 10 points to lead the Lady Techsters to a 17-10 advantage with 12:38 to play in the first half. However, the Bobcats stormed back and used a 25-4 run over the next eight minutes as Texas State hit six three-pointers during the run to grab a 35-21 lead with just over four minutes to play in the half.
LA Tech scored the final three points of the half to trail 35-24 at the break.
Texas State maintained its double digit lead for the majority of the second half. A Diamond Ford three-pointer with 9:08 to play gave Texas State a 53-40 margin, but a jumper by Perry and a three-pointer by Jelena Vucinic started a Lady Techster run.
Two Janay Borum free throws and back-to-back layups by Perry and Whitney Frazier cut the Texas State lead to 57-54 with 4:23 to play in the game. The Bobcats pushed it back to 61-54 lead on a running jumper by Ford in the lane with just over two minutes to play.
Shelton then scored four straight points and Perry's off-balance jumper with just over a minute to play closed the gap to 61-60, setting up the final minute of play.
Shelton led Tech with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Perry added 14 points and Frazier chipped in with 13 points. Ford led Texas State with 16 points followed by Jasmine Baugus with 14 and Kaylan Martin and Anderson with 10 each.
For the game, Tech shot 37 percent (24-65) from the field, including 5-of-15 from the three-point line and 10-of-19 from the free throw line. Texas State shot 42 percent (25-60) from the field, 8-of-22 from the three-point line and 10-of-15 from the free throw line.
Tech returns to action Thursday when it hosts Seattle at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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