By: Mike Lanclos
Da Boot Sports
BATON Rouge, LA.:: LSU would host SEC foe Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon in the Pete
Maravich Assembly Center and find themselves in a tough battle and found a way to make a comeback to seal a victory in overtime, 75-66. With the win LSU improves to 8-7 overall, 6-3 in SEC play while Ole Miss drops to 7-7, 1-7 in SEC play. The Rebels didn't shy away from making the Lady Tigers earn the victory. The game was a rematch from earlier in the month in Oxford when LSU also won in overtime 77-69. Head Coach Nikki Fargas had to miss today's game because of COVID-19 protocols, while assistant head coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson would fill in to run the team.
At the tip Ole Miss would knock the ball into LSU's hands. The Lady Tigers would jump on the scoreboard quickly with a jump shot from Awa Trasi. For the next few minutes both teams exchange buckets as the game would stay close. Eventually the Lady Rebels would take the lead as Shakira Austin would hit a layup to put her squad ahead 6-4 at the 5:05 mark. Eventually the Rebels would build a six point lead with 27 seconds left in the period. The Lady Tigers would miss a shot at the buzzer as Ole Miss would hold onto their 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Rebs would start the second quarter extending their lead to 8 points, 20-12. LSU's Faustine Aifuwa would answer by nailing a jump shot while getting fouled, but failed to make the free throw. 20-14 with 8:53 to go. Ole Miss would then go on a 8-0 run to take a 14 point lead at the 7:23 mark as Snudda Collins would nail a huge 3 point bucket. It seemed like everything LSU tried to do, Ole Miss would have an answer for early in the game. Finally the Lady Tigers would start a small rally as Tiara Young would get back to back buckets along with a free throw to close the gap to nine points. The teams would both get into a rhythm going back and forth until the LSU could close the gap to a five point Rebel lead. But the Lady Rebels would go into the locker room with a seven point lead, 35-28.
In the third quarter Ole Miss would keep the pressure on the Lady Tigers building their lead to 10 points as Madison Scott would get a layup while getting fouled and make the free throw to convert the three point opportunity. LSU's Awa Trasi would do her part to help close the gap to six points at the 6:52 mark as she would hit four straight free throws on back to back foul opportunities. Eventually the Lady Rebels would get things going again increase the lead to nine points, 49-40 with 2:13 left on the clock. The Lady Tigers would keep the game in striking distance as Khayla Pointer hit a layup and then Faustine Aifuwa would add in a free throw to pull to within six, 49-43. To end the quarter the Lady Rebs' Donnetta Johnson would bank in a layup to give Ole Miss a 8 point advantage, 51-43.
The fourth quarter would build with exciting as the Lady Tigers would finally catch some breaks allowing them to slowly claw back into the game. It would begin at the 3:30 mark, as Ole Miss would turnover the ball on a shot clock violation while leading 58-53. Then they would lose Iyanla Kitchens as she would foul out of the game with 2:04 left in the game. Khayla Pointer would hit two free throws that would cut the Lady Rebels' lead to 4 points, 60-56. LSU' defensive pressure would force Ole Miss into another turnover as Khayla Pointer would come up with a steal with 30 ticks on the clock, laying the ball in and getting fouled to complete a three point play to close the gap to one, 60-59. After a pair of free throws would increase the Rebels lead back to three, Karli Seay would nail a long three pointer while drawing a foul. She would hit the free throw to earn the four point play and the lead, 63-62 with only 12 seconds left in the ball game. Ole Miss would drive down the court as Mimi Reid would get fouled with 1.3 seconds to play putting her at the free throw line. She would only make 1-2 to tie the game at 63-63 sending the contest into overtime.
In overtime, LSU would find an extra gear and begin to take charge of the game as Awa Trasi and Khayla Pointer would both score to give the Lady Tigers a 4 point lead. Jacorriah Bracey would miss two free throws followed by Shakira Austin fouling out, the third Lady Rebel to do so. LSU would out score the Lady Rebels 12-3 in the overtime period to pull out an exciting 75-66 comeback victory.
For the game the Lady Rebels were led by Donnetta Johnson with 18 points, Shakira Austin and Madison Scott each had 12 points a piece. LSU would be lead by Khayla pointer with 25 points, Faustine Aifuwa had 17 points while Awa Trasi and Karli Seay each had 13 points a piece. It was a hard fought game by both teams, both squads seemed to give all they had and left everything on the court.
LSU Acting Head Coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson on the big win::
"It's a group effort. You know you can't script it with what it means for our bench, to give us as much as they are. I'll tell you what, we can't keep going like this. We need to be able to get out to ant early lead and be able to finish them early."
Next up LSU will travel to College Station to play Texas A&M on Thursday, February 4th for an 8 pm start.