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This item originally appeared in the Feb. 12, 2004, issue of The Tech Talk.


Sports Writer

The eighth-ranked Lady Techsters won their ninth consecutive Western Athletic Conference game Saturday against Nevada in the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

Tech will play Hawaii today at 7 p.m. in the TAC and also San Jose State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Amisha Carter led the Techsters to the 89-57 victory over Nevada by recording 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Carter, who played sparingly in the blowout, has scored 20 or more points in four straight games.

"Amisha has been playing very well lately, and we knew today that because Nevada sometimes runs a four-guard lineup, she could have another good day," head coach Kurt Budke said. "Our guards did a good job of finding her, her post teammates did a good job of finding her and she did a good job of finishing."

Nevada stayed close early thanks to six first-half three-pointers, exchanging the lead with the Techsters six times.

The Techsters were finally able to control Nevada and start a 14-2 run late in the first half before taking a 49-35 lead into the locker room.

"We might not have done quite as well as we could have defending them in the first half on the perimeter, but you have to take your hat off to them," Budke said. "They hit at least three three-pointers from 24- or 25-feet out. It's hard to defend that."

After shooting 48.1 percent in the first half, Nevada's shooters cooled down to a meager 34.8 percent, allowing the Techsters to build a bigger lead, and eventually capture the lopsided win.

Joining Carter in double figures was Amber Obaze with 17 points and Trina Frierson with 15.

The Techsters began last week's road trip with an 85-52 victory at Fresno State on Feb. 5.

Carter and Frierson combined to shoot 19-28 from the field. Frierson recorded 22 points while Carter added 21.

"We've had games where our guards have carried us but not tonight," Budke said. "When we have four players score in double figures, we're extremely tough to beat. You don't know whom to guard."

Along with excellent post play, Tech enjoyed solid guard play by Obaze and Lakiste Barkus, who had 10 points each.

The Techsters shot 52.4 percent from the floor and connected on 18 of 19 from the stripe.

The win marked the second of the season and fourth consecutive win for the Techsters against their former assistant coach Stacey Johnson-Klein, who is currently in her second season as head coach at Fresno State.

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