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Feb. 23, 2002

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Ayana Walker had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Louisiana Tech (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) took the Western Athletic Conference's regular-season championship with a 67-62 victory Saturday over Tulsa.

Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore fainted and fell to the floor midway through the first half after an argument at the scorers' table over what he claimed was an incorrect possession arrow following a jump ball. Barmore got to his feet seconds later and walked back into the tunnel leading to the dressing room. He returned to the bench after a few minutes.

Cheryl Ford added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Lady Techsters (20-4, 15-1), who trailed Tulsa (16-11, 11-6) 26-24 at halftime and 37-31 early in the second half. Then Louisiana Tech broke down the Golden Hurricane's zone defense with crisp passing that led to several short-range shots for Walker and Ford.

A 17-4 run gave the Lady Techsters a 48-41 lead with 9:32 to play, but Tulsa responded with an 11-2 run to take its final lead at 52-50 with 6:29 left. A free throw by Walker followed by a three-point play by Ford gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 58-54.

Leela Farr led Tulsa with 13 points, Alyssa Shriver had 12 and Becky Heidotten 11.