Box Score Jan. 7, 2016
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NORFOLK, Virginia -- Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt has been looking for a 40-minute performance from his basketball team this year.
Thursday night the Lady Techsters came close, leading from start to finish in defeating Old Dominion 69-51 before 1,718 fans at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Tech (6-7, 1-1 C-USA) used a 2-3 zone defense to stymie the Monarchs (5-9, 1-1), who were picked second in the preseason Conference USA Coaches Poll. Tech held Old Dominion to only 29 percent (20-69) shooting in the game in large part to the implementation of the zone.
"I give my staff credit," Summitt said. "We were not going to start Brandi Wingate because she hasn't been doing a good job of having a complete game. I credit the coaches for saying lets start Kevione Moten and play a 2-3 zone. I really thought that set the tone for the game. I don't think ODU was ready for it and it slowed them down early.
"I thought coach (Karen) Barefoot made some great adjustments as the game went on and they started crashing the offensive boards. We were bouncing on defense. We were bouncing and talking on defense. I think that's why we won this game."
Defensively, Tech held Old Dominion to 29 percent (20-69) shooting, including only 3-of-24 from the three-point line. ODU guard Jennie Simms was the only Monarch in double figures, scoring 24 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the field.
"I thought Simms to have 24 points did a great job," Summitt said. "She is very comfortable against man. I thought our zone caused her some issues. It's not as obvious where to attack, where to drive and where the help will come from. Now we have to learn how to rebound out of it."
Wingate, who is one of the league's top players, didn't start for only the second time this year. She didn't sit long. Summitt subbed her in less than two minutes into the game and Wingate proceeded to score 23 points and grab seven rebounds, including six straight points after ODU had cut the Tech lead to 46-40 early in the fourth quarter.
It started a 16-5 run that saw Tech build a 17-point lead at 62-45 with 3:08 to play. ODU would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Junior guard Brooke Pumroy, having to shoulder the load at the point guard position as freshman Kierra Anthony missed her second straight game, tied her career-high with 18 points
"I am so proud of Brooke," Summitt said. "I thought she was the difference-maker for our team. Obviously Brandi is going to score. As far as handling the ball, keeping our team calm, being in the huddle, getting the right people the ball in right spots ... very, very proud of her. There is still room for improvement for her."
Tech led 14-11 early in the second quarter before back-to-back three-pointers by Pumroy and Rochelle Vasquez ignited a 17-4 run that saw the Lady Techsters push its advantage to 31-15 with 4:10 to play before the half. ODU made a late run to cut the deficit to 36-26 at the half.
Neither team had much success in the third quarter. Tech shot only 33 percent (4-12) for the quarter while ODU hit only 29 percent (5-17) as the Monarchs cut only two points off the Tech lead. The Lady Techsters took a 46-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
After a jumper by Simms cut the Tech lead to 46-40 early in the fourth, Wingate scored six points in a 90-second span and ODU wouldn't get closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Freshman Jasmine LeBlanc added 11 points and a career-high eight rebounds off the bench.
Tech returns to action Saturday when it travels to Charlotte to face the 49ers at 7 p.m. CT.