By: Brittney Achord
Da Boot Sports!
LSU vs Auburn a New Year’s Eve Show Down!
BATON ROUGE: Fireworks were not the only thing exploding last night. The LSU Women’s Basketball team caught fire in the 3rd and 4th quarters with a 56 - 43 comeback win over Auburn. This gives the Lady Tigers their first SEC win of the season, second win at home, and an overall record of 3-4. The Lady Tigers put on a dynamite show shooting 35% in field goals, an amazing 93% in free throws, grabbed 43 rebounds, and an had 11 steals.
Senior Khayla Pointer would lead the Tigers with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior Faustine Aifuwa also had a big night with six points, 10 rebounds, and one steal. Also making an impact for the Lady Tigers was Senior Awa Trasi with her seven points, one assist, one steal, and relentlessness on defense.
You can say the Lady Tigers “stole” the game with their dominating third quarter forcing three back-to-back turnovers, scoring on each. Eight of the Lady Tigers, every starter included, would have at least one steal on the night. The Lady Tigers would score 22 points off of 24 Auburn turnovers.
Here is the Da Boot Sports Game Break Down:
While it would be a slow start for the Lady Tigers, a battle of turnovers from both Tigers, and some missed field goal attempts, it was Senior Khayla Pointer who put the first two points on the board with a jumper 1:18 into the game. Auburn would quickly dominate with an 8-0 run until Senior Jailin Cherry would score a layup with 4:08 left in the first Quarter. The Lady Tigers would struggle to gain control in the 1st Quarter trailing behind 14 - 8.
The second quarter would again be dominated by Auburn but not without a fight from the Lady Tigers. Auburn would score 6 to LSU’s 5 points before the media timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Senior Rakell Spencer would go up for a defensive rebound setting up Freshman Ajae Petty to score on the fast break, closing Auburn’s lead to 7. The Quarter would finish out with a jumper by Senior Khayla Pointer, followed by a layup by Auburn’s Alaina Rice. The Lady Tigers would go into half time down 27-19.
Head Coach Nikki Fargas would get the Lady Tigers pumped coming out of half time. It was a 3rd Quarter show down and shut down. The Lady Tigers would match layup for layup starting in the third but it would be Senior Rakell Spencer who would start a 14-0 run by the Lady Tigers that would include: two layups on the fast break by Trasi and Davis; an Auburn turnover and a steal by Awa Trasi; another forced turnover and a steal by Sophomore Domonique Davis; an Auburn foul sending Khayla Pointer to the free throw line; another Auburn turnover and steal by Pointer who would score 2 on a jumper before a media time out.
Coming out of the time out, it would be Senior Faustine Aifuwa’s layup that would give the Lady Tigers their first lead of the night 35-34. Sophomore Sarah Shematsi would steal the ball once again keeping Auburn from getting the ball down the court, allowing Sophomore Tiara Young to score on the fast break bringing the score to 37-34. Auburn would finally get the ball down the court scoring 2 and a free throw before LSU’s Tiara Young would make the final jumper of the Quarter. The Lady Tigers would go into the 4th leading 39-37.
LSU Lady Tigers would shut down Auburn in the 4th. A forced Auburn turnover would allow Khayla Pointer to score two on a jumper, followed by an assist by Jailin Cherry, another Auburn turnover, a steal and a layup on the fast break by Pointer, ending with Jailin Cherry at the free throw line would start the Lady Tigers on a 6-0 run.
LSU would dominate the 4th Quarter out scoring Auburn 17-6. The Lady Tigers would win their SEC season opener 56-43 bringing them to 1-0 in the SEC and improving to 3-4 on the season.
Next up, the Lady Tigers will take their two game winning streak into another SEC matchup at Ole Miss on Monday, January 4th at 6:00pm.
Photos below By: Brittney Achord
Photos Below By: LSU/SEC