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No. 7 Louisiana Tech Too Strong For Tulsa

Jillian Robbins leads Tulsa with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Jillian Robbins leads Tulsa with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
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March 6, 2004

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RUSTON, La. (AP) - Changing conferences has meant little more than a change of scenery for the still dominant Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters.

Amber Obaze scored 19 points to help No. 7 Tech win its third straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship with an 81-57 victory Saturday night over Tulsa.

The Lady Techsters (24-2, 16-1) get the top seed for the WAC tournament. Tech begins play Wednesday in Fresno, Calif.

"I think having played two games like we have here in the last several days, first against Rice and this one against Tulsa, was a good way to start preparing us for the conference tournament," Tech coach Kurt Budke said. "I didn't see any kind of letdown by our team."

Trina Frierson added 18 points and Erica Smith-Taylor 16. Jillian Robbins led Tulsa (18-10, 11-7) with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Tech has won 12 straight conference titles, having dominated the Sun Belt prior to entering the WAC in 2000. Tulsa became the 95th consecutive regular-season league victim and 160th straight unranked foe to lose on the Techsters' court.

"We take a lot of pride in winning at home and the great support that our fans always show keeps us focused on every game we play here," Smith-Taylor said. "We wanted to be totally ready for this game because Tulsa has a good team, has had a good year and we knew they would also be focused to play."

Tech scored the game's first 10 points and led by double figures the rest of the way. At halftime, the lead was at 38-18.

Frierson had 13 rebounds for Tech, which held a 44-40 advantage off the glass.

Megan Moody added 13 points for the Golden Hurricane.

"They've got a great team again and we knew that going into the game," said coach Kathy McConnell-Miller of Tulsa. "They have great depth and can beat you either inside or outside. The defensive pressure they have is relentless and it's a big reason why their offense does so well."