Another hard game for No. 9 ranked women
Alexis Hornbuckle stepped up and helped the Lady Vols get another win on the road. It may have taken a technical foul called on UT coach Pat Summitt to get the attention of the team. The foul was called on Summitt after the Lady Techsters went ahead in the game 23-22 with about five minutes left to play in the first half, on a three-point play by Aarica Ray-Boyd.
Summitt said after the game that the foul may have ended up helping to fire up her team, she told them “now lets start playing and get to winning this game.
Hornbuckle led the Lady Vols with 17 points as Tennessee handed Louisiana Tech consecutive losses at home for the first time in 14 years, their last home game saw Illinois take them to the boards for the loss.
Hornbuckle made 7 of 12 shots and had five steals for the Lady Vols, (6-2). She also hit a 10-foot jumper and followed with a free throw with only 5:25 to play after Tech (4-3) got to 57-52 on the scoreboard.
After that run, Tennessee got ahead by eight points and was never in trouble again. Shanna Zolman had 15 points for the Lady Vols in the 70-59 win.
“After that, they kept taking advantage of the mistakes we were making,” said Tech coach Kurt Budke said. “Plus the fatigue that might have set in with us. Tennessee is the type of team where you can’ make many mistakes because they’re going to take advantage of them. Overall, I was very proud of the effort and performance we gave I think we took a big step forward tonight, even though we lost.
Summitt added some thoughts on the game on Thursday in a teleconference, “We were very pleased last night to go to Ruston and execute offensively in a much more efficient manner.”
The Lady Vols play TCU on Sunday.