DALLAS (SMU) - The Louisiana Tech women's basketball team connected on seven free throws in the final 40 seconds of the game to maintain a lead over SMU and beat the Mustangs, 69-62, in Dallas at Moody Coliseum before a season-high home attendance of 2,063 vocal fans Saturday afternoon. With the loss, SMU falls to 13-4 overall (4-3 WAC) while the Lady Techsters improve to 11-4 overall and remain unbeaten in league play (7-0 WAC).
In the first half, neither team shot well from the field and a total of 25 turnovers between the teams slowed the pace of the game. SMU posted a small lead for a majority of the first half, but Louisiana Tech posted the last five points of the half in the final two minutes of play. The game was knotted, 27-27, at halftime.
In the second half, Louisiana Tech scored the first five points and slowly boosted the lead to seven points (42-35) with 14:51 remaining. But SMU would not back down and kept the Lady Techsters at bay until the 4:17 mark when Louisiana Tech's Lakiste Barkus' layup gave the Lady Techsters a 10-point lead (60-50). SMU would not give up so easily, applying full-court defensive pressure and creating Lady Techster turnovers. SMU cut the lead to three points with 28 ticks on the clock on a basket by Sarah Davis, but seven ensuing Lady Techster free throws sealed the victory.
SMU freshman Katy Cobb pumped in a game-high (and career high) 23 points, going 9-of-13 from the field. Teammate Janielle Dodds added 17 points and seven boards for the Mustangs. Louisiana Tech's Tasha Crain topped the team with 19 points. Barkus scored 18 points as well.
The Mustangs' next five of seven WAC games are on the road, beginning next Thursday with a contest at UTEP. Tip-off is slated for 8:05 p.m. CT.