By JJ MARSHALL
The Lady Techsters moved to 2-0 in WAC play after a visit
from two Idaho universities.
Last Saturday, the Techsters (10-3, 2-0) completed the
Western Athletic Conference sweep with a 75-68 victory over Idaho
Tech led 66-63, when Ty Moore grabbed an offensive
rebound and laid in a fade-away jumper to give Tech a five-point advantage.
On the Techsters' next possession, Moore grabbed another
offensive rebound off a Tamika Kursh missed free throw and threw it out to
Aarica Ray-Boyd, who sank a three-pointer with 1:23 left to go which sealed
“Ty has come such a long way during her career,” Long
said. “She has improved in so many areas, but she still has another level she
can get to.”
In the final 17 seconds of the game, Shan Moore drained
all four of her free throws to cap off the Techsters' tenth victory. She also
grabbed a season-high nine rebounds.
Ray-Boyd added 11 points, and Eboni Mangum’s ten rounded
out the Techsters' double-digit scorers.
In last Thursday’s game, the Techsters outscored Boise
State (8-5, 0-1) by 14 in the second half, which also proved to be the
difference in the final score.
Tech and Boise entered halftime tied at 34, after some
strong first half shooting from Boise.
“I give Boise State a lot of credit,” Techster head coach
Chris Long said. “They are very tough to defend on the offensive end. Not only
can their guards shoot the three-pointer extremely well, but they are athletic
enough to put it on the floor and go by you.”
Long said the Techsters had to create steals and easy
lay-up opportunities if they were going to win the game.
They did just that, and forced the Broncos into 19 second
half turnovers, three more than the Techsters had in the whole game.
“I thought we won the game in the second half with our
defense,” Long said, “We did a better job of getting out in the passing lanes
and creating turnovers.”
Boise State hit 45 percent of their shots in the first
half, but after Tech turned up the pressure, only managed 11 points through the
first 16 minutes of the second half.
Shan Moore scored a season high 18 points, hitting 8 of
11 shots from the field.
“I was proud of Shan tonight,” Long said, “She looked
like her old self. She was so big for us in this win and hopefully she will
continue to feed off her performance. It’s just a confidence issue with her
Moore also pulled down five rebounds, dished out three
assists and grabbed one steal in 27 minutes.
Fellow junior Ty Moore recorded her fifth double-double
of the year, with 16 points and 10 rebounds which in turn garnered her the
X-Box Live WAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors.
Tasha Williams and freshman Eboni Mangum scored 14 and 12