BATON ROUGE — The LSU women’s basketball team grabbed an early lead and didn’t look back as they defeated Ole Miss, 52-44, at home on Sunday afternoon for their sixth straight home win. The Tigers are now 13-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. With the loss, Ole Miss falls to 7-10 and 0-4 in the SEC.
Senior Ayana Mitchell shined for the Tigers on both sides of the ball. She shot 6-7 from the floor and was the top performer with 12 points and 14 rebounds, marking her 34th career double-double. Junior point guard Khayla Pointer also showed out for the Tigers with seven assists and freshman Tiara Young matched her season high of six rebounds and three assists. LSU played hard in the paint, scoring 28 points, as well as off rebounds, where they scored 21.
HOW IT HAPPENED
· LSU struck first with a layup off the tip by Pointer.
· The Tigers led 8-4 as Ole Miss called the first timeout of the game.
· With 3:25 left in the first quarter, LSU was up 12-4 and on a 6-0 scoring run. Pointer led the Tigers with four points, one rebound and one assist while Faustine Aifuwa led against the boards with three rebounds.
· At the end of the first quarter, LSU led 16-11. The Tigers scored 10 in the paint and six off the bench for a strong first quarter against the Rebels.
· Jaelyn Richard-Harris pushed LSU up 20-15 with back-to-back jumpers in the second quarter.
· After a jumper and layup by the Rebels, LSU called a timeout with 7:20 left, up 20-19.
· Ole Miss called a timeout with 4:32 left in the second quarter after the Tigers continue on an 8-0 run, 28-29.
· Heading into halftime, LSU led 32-21. Mitchell was the top performer of the half with eight points and five rebounds.
· Both the Tigers and Rebels came out hot in the third quarter, with LSU still leading, 38-29, at the media timeout with five minutes left until the fourth quarter.
· LSU led 44-31 as it headed into the fourth quarter.
· The Tigers went up 49-34 with a layup by Aifuwa and a three by Mercedes Brooks.
· Ole Miss took a timeout with 6:19 left to go in the game. LSU led 49-37.
· Mitchell broke three scoreless minutes with a layup to put LSU up 51-39 with 2:23 left in the game.
The LSU Tigers head to Starkville, Mississippi on Thursday, January 16 to take on No. 13 Mississippi State at 7 p.m. in Humphrey Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on SECN+ and live stats will be available.
Head Coach Nikki Fargas Post Game Quotes
On the overall thoughts from the game…
“To get 14 more shot attempts and shoot a higher percentage was the difference in the game to me. The teams we play will pack it inside and Mitchell and Aifuwa will do all they can but we have to make the wide open shots. If we can do that, that will open the paint up more. Teams will continue to pack it in down low until we show that we can start making shots from the outside. However, I thought we were tough on the boards. Their go-to player and their best player (Deja) Cage did a nice job hunting for shots and getting good looks. (Dominique) Banks started the game and set the tone for them but our team has the ability to defend, rebound, and we were able to hold Ole Miss to a low-scoring game but our offensive execution needs to improve.”
On being able to capitalize on the offensive rebounds…
“Our 22 offensive rebounds are probably one of the highest totals we’ve had this season but our conversion percentage off of those offensive rebounds was low. We are getting enough shot attempts in the game. We don’t feel like we can’t get the looks we want or need, we just have to have more confidence in ourselves offensively to knock those shots down.”