Tigers Blow a Huge Lead But Hang On for a 57-54 Win Over Tennessee to Clinch the #2 Seed in the SEC Tournament
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By: Terrill J. Weil
KNOXVILLE, TN - LSU rolled into Knoxville where they haven't won since 2014 looking for a win to clinch the #2 seed in next week's SEC Tournament. LSU played outstanding ball throughout most of the contest leading by double digits most of the day and holding a lead as large as 18 points. But Tennessee never quit, battling back in the fourth period to pull to within two points, 56-54 with :33 seconds left in the contest. The Lady Tigers would hold on escaping with a 57-54 victory.
“This group, I’ll tell you – I don’t know when it’s going to end, but they just grind and they just find ways to win,” LSU Head Coach Kim Mulkey said. “The most important thing is how we started the game,” Coach Mulkey added. “Confident. Shot the ball good, but defended good as well. I thought the only way we could come in here and win under some circumstances out of our control was if we rebounded the ball.”
The Lady Tigers raced out of the gate to take a 10-2 lead over the first four minutes as you could see LSU was focused and ready to play.
LSU remained relentless on both ends of the floor, especially defensively as they forced six first period turnovers helping the Lady Tigers go on a 12-8 run to hold a 22-10 lead at the end of the period.
The Ben-Gals held Tennessee without a basket over the final five minutes of the first period as the Lady Vols only managed three free throws during that period.
LSU continued to play at a high level to start the second period going on a 7-1 run to extend their lead to 29-11 with 7:33 left to go in the first half.
Thirteen seconds later Jordan Walker would hit a three pointer for the Vols. It was the first field goal for Tennessee since the 5:10 mark of the first period.
Walker's basket woke the Lady Vols up as they would go on a 9-2 run over the next five minutes to cut the LSU lead to 31-20 at the 2:41 mark.
But the Lady Tigers would remain in control, outscoring Tennessee 5-2 over the final two minutes to take a 36-22 lead into the locker room at the half.
LSU shot 49% from the floor going 17-35 while hitting 2-5 three pointers for 40%. Autumn Newby and Jailin Cherry both led the team with 10 points each. Kayla Pointer and Ryann Payne both scored 7 points each and Faustine Aifuwa added two.
Tennessee began the third period outscoring LSU 8-4 over the first four minutes cutting the Ben-Gals lead to ten, 40-30 with 6:25 left on the clock.
With :56 second left, the Lady Vols would pull to within single digits when Tamari Key sank two free throws cutting the lead to 44-36 to end the third period.
LSU scored the first two baskets of the final period to extend their lead to twelve, 48-36 quieting the crowd down at the 8:10 mark.
Over the next four minutes the game turn into a see-saw battle, but LSU would do just enough to hold on to a double digits advantage, leading 56-45 with 4:09 left in the contest.
The Lady Tigers committed two costly turnovers against the Lady Vols full court press to allow Tennessee to pull to
within seven, 56-49 at the 2:33 mark.
Tennessee cut the lead to four, 56-52 with 1:37 to go thanks to a 11-0 run. Khayla Pointer ended up on the free throw line and missed both attempts giving the Lady Vols another opportunity and Rae Burrell cashed in, sinker a jumper to pull her team to within two, 56-54 with :33 seconds left.
With :25 seconds left, LSU had not scored a basket in the last six minutes and had turned the ball over seven times over the last five minutes.
Khayla Pointer sank one of two free throw attempts putting LSU up by three, 57-54 with three seconds remaining, then Pointer would steal the inbounds pass to clinch the victory over a tough Tennessee team.
Jailin Cherry led the team in scoring as well as finishing with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. Khayla Pointer finished with a double-double also scoring 12 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Autumn Newby scored 12 points, while Ryann Payne added 7 points and Faustine Aifuwa and Hannah Gusters both finished with 6 points each.
With the win, LSU finishes the regular season 25-4 overall (13-3 SEC) and clinches the 2nd seed in the SEC Tournament.
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BATON ROUGE – No. 8 LSU (24-4, 12-3 SEC) shored up at least a share of second place in the SEC with a 58-50 win over Alabama (14-12, 5-10 SEC) Thursday night in the PMAC during the Tigers’ regular season home finale.
LSU’s matchup at No. 16 Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN2 will be for the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament as the Lady Vols are currently one game behind the Tigers in the standings. The last time LSU finished in the Top-2 of the SEC was when the Tigers won the conference in 2008.
“They don’t get too high, they don’t get too low, and a lot of that is because they’re older,” said LSU Coach Kim Mulkey. “They’re mature, and they realize we got a tough one in Knoxville. Florida gets beat tonight so it’s you (LSU) and Tennessee down to who gets the two or the three seed in the SEC Tournament.”
Faustine Aifuwa, Jailin Cherry, Khayla Pointer, Autumn Newby and Autumn Trasi all played their final regular season home game inside the PMAC as LSU celebrated senior night in the PMAC.
Pointer scored 23 and added 9 rebounds and 8 assists as she moved into the No. 2 spot on LSU career assists list. Aifuwa scored 12 and had three blocks, playing dominant in the low post.
Megan Abrams led Alabama with 16 points and Brittany Davis grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. LSU limited Alabama to 34-percent shooting and outscored the Crimson Tide, 36-12 in the paint.
Five early points from Aifuwa, two rebounds and two blocks helped LSU jump out to a 7-2 lead through the first four minutes of the game. After Pointer got a steal and layed it in on the break and Newby scored her first points in the post, LSU took a 12-4 lead into the media timeout with 3:29 left in the first quarter. Pointer extended LSU’s lead to 10 out of the timeout with a lay-in after driving baseline. Wade-Warren made two threes late in the quarter for Alabama to reduce LSU’s lead to six as the Tigers took a 16-10 lead into the second quarter.
Cherry and Pointer built LSU’s lead back to double-figures with the first two baskets of the second quarter. After scoring six quick points in the quarter, the LSU offense mustered just one made shot in its next eight attempts, but the Tigers defense stood steady and limited the Tide from cutting significantly into their lead. Pointer hit a layup in transition to put LSU up 27-17 and on the next possession she found Hannah Gusters in the post to go into the half with a 12-point lead. LSU held Alabama to 23.1-percent shooting throughout the half, limiting offensive opportunities for the Crimson Tide.
After Megan Abrams made a three to begin the half for Alabama, Pointer immediately responded with a three for the Tigers on the other end. By the 7:02 mark and after another Pointer triple, LSU extended its lead to 37-23. The Crimson Tide clawed back though and by the 2:10 mark in the third quarter they had made it a five-point game. Alabama made six threes to outscore LSU by seven in the third quarter to make it a five point game.
Alabama got within three in the first two minutes of the final quarter, LSU clinging to a 46-43 lead. Ryann Payne, Newby and Pointer scored six straight for the Tigers, bringing the 7,421 in the PMAC to their feet with LSU building its lead back up to nine going into the media timeout with 4:53 remaining. Aifuwa’s bucket with 3:27 remaining pushed LSU’s lead back to double figures.
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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The 11th ranked Lady Tigers hosted the 17th ranked Florida Gators in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday afternoon with 2nd place in the SEC on the line.
The Gators had defeated LSU earlier in the season in a thrilling 73-72 victory in Gainesville. Since then, Kim Mulkey no doubt had this rematch circled on the schedule and this time there would be a different final result as LSU won this thrilling contest, 66-61 in front of 13,620 loud Tiger fans. The 4th largest crowd in LSU Women's Basketball history.
“The message was that since we don’t play again for four days, we had the opportunity to be in sole possession of the second ranked spot in the SEC,” Head Coach Kim Mulkey said her message was to the team before the game. “I don’t think the seniors have ever been in that position. The message was that today could be one of your most memorable games in basketball.”
“Y’all know what I preach,” Head Coach Kim Mulkey said. “Field goal percentage defense and rebound the ball. That’s how we won today. We didn’t shoot well today.”
LSU only shot 33% from the floor hitting 22-66 while going 0-8 from behind the three point arc. But the Lady Tigers went 22-32 from the free throw line for 69%. They also forced Florida into 15 turnovers while outrebounding the Gators, 49-45.
Alexis Morris led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points. Autumn Newby added 13 points and had a very solid game before she fouled out late in the contest. Faustine Aifuwa scored 10 points and blocked two huge shots late in the game. Khayla Pointer contributed 7 points on the day as Florida did a good job at defending her throughout the contest. Hannah Gusters and Jailin Cherry both finished with 6 points each while Ryann Payne scored 4 points.
The first five minutes of the contest resembled the first meeting between these two teams, as we would find the score even at 8-8 with 5:06 left in the first period.
LSU made the first run of the game, scoring seven straight to take a 15-8 lead at the 2:04 mark. But the Gators responded with four points in a row, cutting the lead to 15-12 with 35 seconds left on the clock.
Ryann Payne would draw a foul with one second left, hitting both of her free throws to put the Lady Tigers up 17-12 at the end of the first period.
The Lady Tigers would start the second period ice cold, missing several opportunities to score, allowing Florida to cut the lead to one, 17-16 with 8:18 to go.
After Alexis Morris sank two free throws, Florida's Nina Rickards would hit a three pointer from the top of the key to tie the ball game at 19-19 at the 6:47 mark.
LSU would once again shift things into another gear going on a 6-1 run taking a 25-20 lead. But surprise, surprise,
Florida responded with back to back baskets to pull to within 25-24 with 3:03 left in the second period.
Zipporah Broughton would sink a jumper with 1:10 left to give Florida their first lead of the game as well as the lead at the half, 26-25.
The Lady Tigers failed to score during the last 4:31 of the second period, missing their last six attempts from the floor. Alexis Morris led the Tigers at the half with 10 points. Aifuwa added 6 points, while Newby scored 4. The big stat of the first half was Florida's ability to defensively hold Khayla Pointer to only one point over the first 20 minutes.
The third period began with a fast and furious pace as both teams pushed the ball, running the floor while trading baskets in a back and forth contest.
With 4:52 left in the period, Florida would cling to a two points advantage, 35-33 at the officials timeout. As we returned
to play, Khayla Pointer found herself at the line on two quick occasions, sinking all four free throws to help LSU regain the lead, 36-35 at the 4:22 mark.
With 1:57 left in the period and the score even at 40-40, Ryann Payne sank two free throws to put the Lady Tigers up
42-40 before Hannah Gusters would bank in a second change layup to give LSU a 44-40 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Gators started the fourth period scoring two quick baskets to even up the game again, 44-44 with 8:56 to go in the contest.
The see-saw battle continued as each team took turns taking then losing the lead before Autumn Newby banked in a second chance layup drawing a foul. Newby sank the free throw giving the Ben-Gals a 53-50 lead with 4:51 left in the game. So far we have had nine ties and ten lead changes in this classic SEC battle.
The Lady Tigers extended their lead when Faustine Aifuwa scored and drew a foul. Aifuwa missed her bonus point opportunity, but the Tigers now held a 55-50 lead with 3:41 left to go.
With LSU leading 58-52, Kiara Smith would score on a layup before Rickards hit a jumper to cut the LSU lead to 58-56 with 1:07 left in the contest.
Alexis Morris sank one of two free throw attempts putting the Lady Tigers up by three, 59-56 with 38 seconds left. Aifuwa would come up with two huge back to back shot blocks to give the purple and gold back possession of the ball. Morris was fouled and sank both free throws putting LSU up by five, 61-56 with 26 seconds left.
But Florida refused to fold as Faith Dut responded with a three pointer from the deep near corner to cut the lead to two, 61-59 with 18 ticks remaining. Each team would trade another set of free throws as the Lady Tigers held a 63-61 lead with ten seconds left.
Alexis Morris would sink one of two free throw attempts giving the Lady Tigers a three point advantage, 64-61 with
nine seconds remaining.
Morris sank two more charity shots with three seconds left to give LSU a huge 66-61 victory.
With the win, LSU is now 23-4 overall and 11-3 in the SEC, in 2nd place only behind South Carolina.
LSU will host Alabama in the PMAC on Thursday, Feb. 24th at 7:00pm CT. It will be the final regular season home game of 2022.
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By: Terrill J. Weil
STARKVILLE, MS: The 11th ranked Lady Tigers traveled to Starkville on Thursday to take on a tough Mississippi State team that ended up giving LSU all they could handle and more.
The Bulldogs would go blow for blow with LSU until the final four minutes of the contest. With the score all even at 56-56, the Bayou Ben-Gals found an extra gear and would go on a 17-3 run to pull away with a 71-59 conference win.
“What they did, they did on sheer will to win, sheer talent and just making clutch plays,” said LSU Head Coach Kim Mulkey. “It wasn’t anything I drew up. It wasn’t any magical thing said in the timeout. You have to win some of those like that sometimes.”
“I don’t know how we won this game other than their will to win and their will to not be afraid to take that shot,” said Coach Mulkey. “These seniors lost many games last year that they could have won; they were close games. It’s rewarding for me for them to now win those close games that they lost last year.”
The Lady Tigers controlled the opening tip and took the early lead as Autumn Newby scored on a fast break layup at the 9:21 mark.
The game pace started fast and furious as both teams pushed the ball up the floor taking quick shot opportunities. Both teams also started hot, answering each others baskets as we found the contest all even at 12-12 with 4:37 left in the opening period.
LSU then stepped up their game, led by Khayla Pointer, going on an 11-4 run to end the first period with a 23-16 lead.
Two minutes into the second period the Lady Tigers increased their lead to ten, 27-17 as Jailin Cherry would sink back to back baskets.
With the score 30-20 at the 5:14 mark, State would take advantage of a LSU scoring slump going on a 9-2 run, cutting the Lady Tigers' lead to 32-29 with 2:27 left in the first half.
Each team managed another basket over the final two minutes as the game reached the halftime break with LSU leading by three, 34-31.
LSU shot 44% from the field in the first half going 15-34, while sinking 4-8 from three point land for 50%. The Lady Tigers led by as much as 13 points but turnovers (LSU committed 8 in the first half) allowed the Lady Bulldogs to claw their way back into the game late in the second period.
Khayla Pointer led the Tigers with 10 points at the half, while Alexis Morris finished with 8 points. Jailin Cherry added 6 points and Autumn Newby scored 4.
With Mississippi State sitting on them bubble for a post-season bid, they began the third period playing like a desperate team battling for their NCAA tournament life giving LSU all they can handle and much more.
The game was all even at 42-42 at the 4:27 mark before the Lady Tigers looked like they were finally going to take control, scoring five straight to take a 47-42 lead.
But the Lady Bulldogs answered with a quick five points of their own to once again tie the ball game at 47-47 with 1:57 left in the period.
Anastasia Hayes would score on a layup at the 1:05 mark giving Mississippi State a 49-47 lead at the end of the third period.
We would begin the final period with both teams going back and forth trading baskets again, as the score sat at 52-52 with 8:07 left in the game.
Three minutes later with State leading 56-54, Alexis Morris hit a jumper to knot the game up again with the score now 56-56 at the 4:50 mark.
But Kim Mulkey's group stepped up over the final four minutes of the contest going on a 15-3 run to down the Bulldogs, 71-59.
Alexis Morris ended up leading the Lady Tigers on the night with 23 points. Pointer finished with 18 points. Jailin Cherry added 10 points while Newby, Aifuwa, and Payne scored 6 points each.
The Lady Tigers are now 22-4 overall and 10-3 in the SEC...
Next up LSU will return home to the PMAC to host #17 Florida on Sunday, Feb. 20th at 3:00pm CT.. The game will be televised on SEC Network.
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By: Terrill J. Weil
COLLEGE STATION, TX: The 14th ranked Lady Tigers went into College Station on Sunday afternoon and left with an impressive 74-58 conference win. After trailing at halftime 33-27, LSU dominate the second half with suffocating defense as the Lady Tigers forced A&M into 12 turnovers and outrebounded the Aggies, 44-26.
Khayla Pointer and Alexis Morris were the Dynamic Duo, finishing with 25 points each to lead the Tigers to victory. Jailin Cherry added 9 points, while Autumn Newby scored 7 and Faustine Aifuwa contributed 6 points.
With the win the Lady Tigers are now 21-4 (9-3 SEC)....
“It was a game that I thought we even controlled it when we were behind at half,” said LSU Coach Kim Mulkey. “I just felt like we were in control of the game for whatever reason. The story that needs to be told is 21,” added Mulkey. “This is the first time that these seniors have won 21 ballgames in their career at LSU. We’re not a team that was supposed to do anything.”
The game began as a slow half court contest with LSU taking a 6-0 lead with 6:10 left in the first period, while the Aggies struggled to sink a basket.
After an officials timeout the game pace began to pick up as both team's began to run the floor off of defensive rebounds as Texas A&M outscored the Lady Tigers 7-3 over the next two minutes pulling to within two points, 9-7 at the 4:01 mark.
With LSU up 16-13, McKinzie Green hit a half court shot off the glass at the buzzer to tie the game at 16-16 at the end of the first period.
To start the second period, LSU managed to take a 21-20 with 8:14 to go in the first half, but two minutes later Kayla Wells would sink back to back three pointers to give A&M a 26-21 lead.
The Lady Aggies were able to build a 33-25 lead with 1:30 left in the second period, as the LSU offense missed their last
11 shots going ice cold over the last 2:40..
Ryann Payne would hit a jumper at the 1:13 mark, but the game remained scoreless over the final minute of the half, with Texas A&M holding a 33-27 lead at the break.
After hitting only 1 of their final 14 shots of the second period, the Lady Tigers hoped turn things around and that they did. LSU would go on a 7-2 run to start the third period pulling to within one point, 35-34 with 7:14 left on the clock.
LSU took over the rest of the third period going on a 13-7 run taking a 54-49 lead into the final quarter.
The Lady Tigers continued to dominate in the fourth period going on a 9-2 run to increase their lead to 63-51 with 6:26 left in the contest.
A&M responded with a 7-2 run, cutting the LSU lead to seven, with 4:18 to go, but LSU bounced right back with four in a row, to extend the advantage to 69-58 with 2:42 left on the clock.
LSU simply dominated the final two minutes and a half minutes of play, holding the Aggies scoreless while hitting their free throws to come away with an impressive 74-58 victory.
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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: LSU and Georgia treated the Pete Maravich Assembly Center crowd of 6,943 to an outstanding SEC battle on Thursday night.
The Lady Tigers led by 16 at the half before leading by 20 points, 48-28 halfway through the third period. Looking like LSU was putting the game away, Georgia received a spark from their bench and would fight back in the fourth period to tie the contest at 62-62 with 2:25 left. But the Lady Tigers stepped up to outscore the Bulldogs, 11-5 the rest of the way to clinch the 73-67 win.
With the victory, LSU is now 20-4 overall and 8-3 in SEC play..
“We gutted it out again. We made free throws. We got to the foul line a lot. It’s an ugly victory,” Kim Mulkey said. “You’re up 20. I’ve been involved where you’ve been up a lot and you come back, and you lose. We won. Our bench did a good job in the first half. I didn’t think they helped us in the second half."
“Georgia’s bench almost basically beat our starters,” Mulkey said. “We had their starters pretty much contained a guarded. You don’t ever expect Georgia to make that many 3s. They’re last in the league. Opportunity for players to play and it almost basically beat us.”
LSU started the game shooting the ball well taking an early 6-2 lead at the 9:04 mark, but Georgia would respond cutting the Lady Tigers' lead to one, 8-7 with 6:36 left on the clock.
LSU would raise their play another notch, going on an 11-3 run over the next five and a half minutes to increase their lead to 20-11 with only 1:01 left in the period.
Alexis Morris ended the first period by hitting a three pointer with 13 seconds left to give the Lady Tigers a 23-11 advantage.
Both teams struggled to score early in the second before LSU managed a layup by Hannah Gusters and a pair of free throws by Khayla Pointer as the Tigers extended their lead to 27-11 with 7:32 left on the clock.
Baskets would continue to be scarce in the period as over the next three minutes, Georgia managed four points and LSU got a layup from Pointer as the game score stood at 29-15, LSU at the 4:36 officials timeout.
The sloppy play continued late in the first half as both clubs sputtered with missed shots and turnovers. But with LSU up 31-21, Jailin Cherry hit a deep jumper with 10.6 seconds left. Autumn Newby was fouled away from the ball on the play, sending her to the free throw line. Newby made the first of two charity shots, as LSU would rebound her miss allowing Alexis Morris to sink a three pointer at the buzzer giving the Lady Tigers a 37-21 lead at the half.
The third period was loaded with fireworks as it looked like LSU was going to run away with the contest as the Tigers led by twenty, 48-28 with 5:48 left on the clock. The Lady Tigers were able to increase their lead thanks to shaky play by Georgia and by Que Morrison drawing a technical for slamming the ball down after being whistled for a foul. This gave LSU four free throws and the ball. LSU took advantage of the frustration foul to build the huge lead.
But the final four minutes belonged to Georgia as they stepped up their play to go on a 17-7 run, outscoring LSU 24-19 in the third period to pull within 11 points, 56-45.
The Lady Tigers sputtered and the Bulldogs stayed hot on offense to begin the fourth period as Georgia would sink three treys to help trim the LSU lead down to five, 61-56 at the 5:15 mark.
With LSU going scoreless for almost four minutes, Georgia battled back, eliminating the 20 point deficit to tie the game at 62-62 with only 2:25 left in the contest.
Sarah Ashley Barker would hit a jumper to pull the Bulldogs to within one, 65-64 with 1:01 to go, before Khayla Pointer was able to sink both of her free throw attempts after being fouled with 33 seconds left giving LSU a 67-64 lead.
With 19 seconds left, Sarah Barker missed a three point attempt to try to tie the ball game. LSU rebounded and after being fouled, Alexis Morris sank both free throws to increase the Bayou Ben-Gals' lead to five, 69-64 with 14 seconds left.
The Bulldogs raced down the court and Tineya Hylton hit a huge three pointer with nine seconds on the clock, cutting the lead to 69-67.
Alexis Morris found herself at the free throw line with 8 seconds to go and calmly sank both shots, giving LSU a
Tineya Hylton then traveled, turning the ball over and Morris would be sent back to the charity stripe with two seconds left. She would sink both to give the 14th ranked Lady Tigers a huge 73-67 victory over 17th ranked Georgia.
Alexis Morris led the team with 26 points,.. Khayla Pointer added 21 points,.. and Jailin Cherry finished with 18. The Lady Tigers had a tough night shooting from the floor going 21-54 for only 39%. It was LSU's success from behind the three point arc, (4-7 for 57%) and at the free throw line, (27-34 for 79%) that made the difference. The Tigers also had a strong night rebounding as they outrebounded the Bulldogs, 47-29. The stat that stung the most was 19 total turnovers by LSU that allowed Georgia to fight back into the contest.
Next up, LSU will travel to College Station to play Texas A&M on Sunday, Feb. 13th at 2:00pm CT..
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By: Terrill J. Weil
OXFORD, MS: Khayla Pointer had a triple-double and Faustine Aifuwa a double-double respectively helping #14 LSU defeat the Lady Rebels 68-64 on Monday night in Oxford.
Aifuwa led the team with 29 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Pointer had a fantastic outing finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Alexis Morris added 17 points for the Lady Tigers. It was a great victory for the Tigers.
With the win, LSU is now 19-4 overall and 7-3 in the SEC.
“Any win on the road is good,” said Head Coach Kim Mulkey. “But this one was especially big because of the timing of it.”
After Ole Miss grabbed an early 2-0 lead, the Lady Tigers answered going on a 8-0 run to take the lead, 8-2 at the 6:45 mark. During the run, LSU did a great job of getting everyone involved in the action as four Lady Tigers sank a basket over the two and a half minute scoring spurt.
The Rebels would answer with a run of their own, scoring seven straight to retake the lead, 9-8 with 3:02 left in the
In a period of runs, LSU responded scoring the final six points of the first quarter to lead 14-9 as we would head to the second period.
LSU started the second period on fire, going on a 7-2 run over the first four minutes to take a ten point lead, 21-11. But the Lady-Rebels refused to fold their tents, fighting back to trim five points of the lead to pull to within 21-16 with 3:29 to play in the first half.
Over the final three minutes of the quarter both team's ended up trading baskets with LSU leading 27-23 at the halftime break.
Ole Miss started the third period scoring four straight to tie the game at 27-27 at the 8:26 mark, before LSU would go on a 5-0 run to retake the lead, 32-27 with 7:17 left in the third.
The Rebels continued to keep pace with LSU until the Lady Tigers started an 11-5 run over a four minute span, building a 51-40 lead with 1:41 to go in the third period.
Over the final minute, Ole Miss would outscore LSU, 4-0 to cut the Lady Tigers' lead to 51-44 at the end of the third period.
The Lady Tigers controlled most of the fourth period holding on to a commanding lead that they wouldn't lose. With 3:33 left in the contest, LSU looked to have the game in hand leading 64-52.
Ole Miss was able to find another gear, and went on an impressive 10-1 run, as they pulled to within three points, 65-62 with 30 seconds left in the game.
LSU was able to sink enough free throws while holding off the Ole Miss rally for a huge 68-64 SEC win on the road.
The Lady Tigers will return home to host the 17th ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday night at 7:30pm.
“I hope it will be a huge crowd,” Coach Mulkey said. “I will be disappointed if it is not a huge crowd.”