Ruston, La. - Myesha Broaden had her second double double in as many games and three other Spartans scored in double figures, but the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters overcame a 13-point second half deficit and defeated the San Jose State Spartan (9-15, 4-5 WAC) 73-68 Thursday night in a Western Athletic Conference matchup.
"We had them down in the second half, but got ourselves in foul trouble," head coach Tim La Kose said. "That led to them going to the line more than 30 times in the second half and that was the big difference in the end."
After Louisiana Tech (14-11, 7-3 WAC) took a 29-27 lead into halftime, the Spartans went on a 9-to-1 run to open the second 20 minutes and took a 36-30 lead with 17:43 to play. But, by the first media timeout of the half, with 15:47 to go, San Jose State had committed six fouls and sent the Lady Techsters to the line eight times. The Spartans six-point lead had been trimmed to 38-37 by the 14:07 mark.
San Jose State, led by five points each from Sara Plavljanin and Brittany Johnson, went on a 12-to-0 run over the next two minutes and built a 50-37 advantage with 11:57 to play. Louisiana Tech, helped by four San Jose State fouls and four turnovers over the next eight minutes, trimmed the lead to 60-58 with 4:11 to go.
A Whitney Jones 3-pointer gave the Lady Techsters their first lead since half time, 61-60. They built the advantage to seven points with 42 seconds remaining, but saw the Spartans cut it to just two, 70-68, with 18 second left. Louisiana Tech would make 3-of-4 free throws in the last few second and 21-of-31 in the second half to squeak out a five point 73-68 victory.
Broaden matched her 10 point and 12 rebound effort from Hawai'i last week and Sara Plavljanin got a game-high 22 points for San Jose State. Brittany Johnson, the nation's 16th leading scorer had 17 points and freshman Ta'Rea Cunnigan added 19.
Louisiana Tech was led by Whitney Frazier and Jones who scored 21 points each. Shantale Bramble-Donaldson had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
"In the last four games we have had double digit leads in the second half, but were only able to put the game in Hawai'i away," La Kose said. "We have to be happy that we're putting ourselves in a position to win, but not happy that we haven't closed the deal on a more consistent basis. We'll put this behind us and move on the New Mexico State on Saturday."
San Jose State returns to action on Saturday, February 18 at New Mexico State. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Las Cruces, N.M.