LAS VEGAS, Nev. — No. 5 Louisiana Tech shot 58.3 percent, including 63.6 in the second half, en route to an 85-58 victory against fourth-seeded UTSA in the fourth and final quarterfinal of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament late Wednesday night at Orleans Arena.
Kamra King led the Roadrunners (16-14) with 17 points. Miki Turner added 11 and Ashley Spaletta grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Meanwhile, Janay Borum led three Lady Techsters in double-figures with 15 points on the strength of a 7-for-8 night at the free-throw line. Brittany Lewis, Whitney Frazier and Brittney Jefferson added 14, 12 and 10, respectively, for Louisiana Tech (14-16), which advanced to Friday’s semifinals against top seed Seattle.
UTSA, which shot just 28 percent in the contest, pulled down 23 offensive rebounds and those led to 17 second-chance points, but the Lady Techsters managed to out-rebound the Roadrunners by one (45-44) and used a balanced scoring attack that saw 11 different players score in their fifth victory in six all-time meetings with the Birds.
A back-and-forth start saw the teams battle to three ties and a trio of lead changes in the game’s first four minutes.
With the score tied at seven, the Lady Techsters, who hit eight of their first 11 shots, took the lead for good with a 12-4 run. Four different players scored during the stretch, which was capped by a Jefferson free throw.
Niaga Mitchell-Cole stopped the run with an offensive rebound and layup and Turner scored inside, as the Roadrunners scored 14 of their first 15 points in the paint.
However, Louisiana Tech responded with a 13-2 spurt to extend the advantage to 34-17 and the Lady Techsters led by as much as 19 with 3:48 to go in the half.
UTSA held Louisiana Tech to just one field goal in the final four minutes of the period but trailed 40-25 at the half.
The Lady Techsters continued their hot shooting after intermission and continued to build on their double-digit advantage.
Jasmine Bryant’s free throws with 14:52 remaining pushed the lead to 52-31 and it eventually grew to 30 with 10:40 remianing.