10:00 PM ET, February 16, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Aarica Ray-Boyd might be closing in on the school record for 3-pointers, but Louisiana Tech coach Chris Young insists his senior guard is more than just a long-distance shooter.Ray-Boyd went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc and scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Lady Techsters to a 78-48 win over San Jose State on Thursday night that left Louisiana Tech (19-4, 11-1) in sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference."She is one of the premiere shooters in the country," said Long, whose team won for the 14th time in 15 games. "She's not just a 3-point shooter. She can hit the runner, she can pull up off her dribble. There's a lot of things she can do and that makes her a tough matchup."San Jose State (10-12, 5-6) had no answer for Ray-Boyd, who is averaging 23.4 points in her last five games. Since missing nine of her first 10 shots in the first half of Louisiana Tech's 88-54 win over Utah State on Saturday, Ray-Boyd has hit 18 of 28 shots from the floor, including 11-for-16 from 3-point range.Ray-Boyd's 164 career 3-pointers are just 23 shy of Tamicha Jackson's school record."There were some stretches where I wasn't shooting well earlier in the season," Ray-Boyd said. "Coach had brought it to my attention that I was fading back on my shot instead of going forward. I just tried to work on that."Ray-Boyd made three of her first four 3-pointers, finishing with 16 points before the break with the Lady Techsters leading 44-19 at halftime.After making her first two 3-pointers of the second half, Ray-Boyd dived over a courtside table while chasing a loose ball. Her final trey came with 3.3 seconds left.The Lady Techsters, back in The Associated Press poll for the second straight week after more than a two-year absence, dominated the overmatched Spartans.Ty Moore added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Techsters. Louisiana Tech has won its last seven games by an average of 24.1 points.Amber Jackson had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Spartans, who shot just 30.6 percent from the field. San Jose State has never beaten Louisiana Tech in 10 meetings between the two schools.With Ray-Boyd handling the perimeter and Moore (8-for-8 shooting) taking care of the inside, Louisiana Tech took control early and kept up the pressure throughout. The Spartans, who missed 12 of their first 15 shot attempts, didn't score in the first 4 minutes of the game and trailed by as many as 34 points in the second half.Moore scored on consecutive trips down the floor and Ray-Boyd dribbled the length of the floor before pulling up for a short jumper that made it 65-35 with 7:52 remaining. Ray-Boyd later added a 13-footer to put the Lady Techsters ahead 69-35.