Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
AUBURN, AL: The 13th ranked Lady Tigers improved their record to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC with a 76-48 victory over the Auburn Lady Tigers at Auburn.
LSU opened up the contest on fire and never looked back, as they dominated Auburn for all 40 minutes.
“I thought the shoot around at nine o’clock this morning was excellent. Sweating. Getting after it. Excited to be back on that floor. They’re just growing up before your eyes.” said Kim Mulkey. “You’ve got to go on the road if you want to be a good team and you’ve got to steal some victories, we’ve done that. We’ve gone on the road and we’ve won two (in the SEC). Now what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to protect home court.”
Khayla Pointer led the Tigers with a double-double scoring 24 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Hannah Guster finished with 13 points,.. Faustine Aifuwa contributed 10 points, while Alexis Morris added 9,... Newby added 8 points and Cherry scored 7 in the game.
LSU dominated in the paint as they out-rebounded Auburn 50-35 while scoring 42 points in the lane. With such dominating play near the goal, the Lady Tigers only needed to attempt seven three point shots in the contest, hitting three of them.
LSU controlled the opening tip and scored quickly on a basket by Autumn Newby, putting the Bayou Ben-Gals up 2-0. Auburn would answer 17 seconds later with a jumper by Sania Wells, 2-2 with 9:29 on the clock.
With LSU leading 5-4 at the 7:13 mark, the Lady Tigers would go on a 15-2 run over the next four minutes taking a 20-6 lead with 2:49 left in the first period.
The Lady Tigers continued to play strong defense while playing offensively at a furious pace, as they would hold a 26-8 lead at the end of the first period.
Auburn scored first to start the second period on a basket by Honesty Scoot-Grayson, but LSU continued to have their way against the home team out-scoring Auburn, 10-4 over the next four minutes, increasing their lead to 22 points, 36-14 with 7:02 left in the first half.
The home Tigers would begin to keep pace with the Ben-Gals over the next five minutes, but couldn't gain any ground as LSU continued to shoot well, holding a 39-19 lead with 2:41 left in the second period.
After cooling off a bit to finish during the final two minutes of the period, LSU would hold a 40-21 lead at halftime.
Khayla Pointer scored 13 points to led the Lady Tigers at the half, while Faustine Aifuwa added 8 points. Alexis Morris, Hannah Gusters, and Jailin Cherry each finished the first half with 5 points each..
LSU shot well over the first 20 minutes, going 16-34 from the floor for 47%, while going 2-4 from behind the three point line for 50%. LSU also out-rebounded Auburn, 24-16....
Halfway through the third period both teams had played even as LSU maintained their 19 point lead, 50-31 at the 5:47 mark. With LSU still in total command of the contest, Kim Mulkey began to work bench players into the game. The only starter remaining in the game to finish off the third would be Pointer, as LSU would take a 61-41 lead into the fourth period.
Leading by 20, Mulkey began the fourth period with her starting five, as they remained in complete control over the home Tigers, going on a 10-0 run over the first five minutes of the period to take a 71-41 advantage with 4:59 left in the game.
Mulkey would again empty the bench to finish off the contest...
Next up for the Lady Tigers will be a home game against Missouri on Thursday, Jan. 13th at 7:00pm...