Kierra Anthony’s 35 leads LA Tech to upset win at UAB

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kierra Anthony scored 35 points and Louisiana Tech held Conference USA’s top scoring offense scoreless down the stretch as the Lady Techsters snapped the Blazers 10-game winning streak with a 73-68 victory Thursday night at Bartow Arena.

UAB guard Rachel Childress hit a three-pointer – her seventh of the game – with 4:51 to play to give the Blazers a 64-55 lead, its biggest of the game.

Following a timeout by LA Tech, the Lady Techsters ended the game on an 18-4 run, including a 12-0 run over the final 2:41, to hand UAB only its second loss of the season. UAB (14-2, 2-1 C-USA) fell 73-69 in overtime to Top 10 ranked Tennessee in late November for the only other loss of the year by the Blazers.

Down by 68-61 with 2:41 to play, Raizel Guinto hit a three-pointer – her only bucket of the night – and then Anthony followed with a three-pointer to close the gap to 68-67. Following a turnover by UAB, Anthony drained a long jumper to give Tech a 69-68 lead with 1:24 to play.

UAB had multiple opportunities to retake the lead but Tech came up with stops. UAB was forced to foul and Taylor Stahly hit two big free throws with 19 seconds to play to up the lead to 71-68. After a missed three-pointer by Deanna Kuzmanic, UAB fouled with 13.1 seconds to play sending Nikki McDonald to the free throw line.

McDonald hit both free throws to increase the lead to 73-68 and Tech got another stop and then dribbled out the clock.

Tech (9-7, 1-2 C-USA) entered the game on a two-game losing streak after losing a pair of league games at home to North Texas and Rice. However, the Lady Techsters shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded UAB 42-29 to pick up the win.

Amber Dixon added 12 points while Reauna Cleaver scored eight points. McDonald scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Anthony recorded her fourth 30-plus point effort of the year, hitting 16-of-34 shots, including 3-of-6 from the three-point line, and scored 13 points in the game-deciding fourth quarter that saw Tech outscore UAB 25-18.

Tech will return to action Saturday at Middle Tennessee at 6 p.m.

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