Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The 24th ranked Lady Tigers returned to play after a ten day break as they would easily defeat
Texas Southern in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday afternoon, 96-55. With the win, LSU is now 7-1 on the season.
It was a great all around team win as 13 different Lady Tigers scored in the ball game. Faustine Aifuwa led the team with 14 points, while Khayla Pointer finished with 13 on the day. Alexis Morris continued her outstanding play adding 11 points and Ryann Payne finished with 8 points.
LSU controlled the opening tip and scored quickly on a basket by Alexis Morris giving the Tigers an early 2-0. Texas Southern however answered with back to back three point jumpers to take the lead, 6-5 at the 7:24 mark.
Over the next three minutes the Lady Tigers would go on a 10-2 run to take a seven point lead, 15-8. But thanks to five easy missed layups by LSU, TSU would be able to battle back going on a 8-0 run to regain the lead, 16-15 with 1:47 left in the first period.
LSU answered, scoring the final three points of the quarter to led, 18-16 after the first 10 minutes of pay.
After an inspiring first period of play by TSU, the 24th ranked Lady Tigers would begin to find their groove, raising their level of play on both ends of the court.
LSU exploded to begin the second period going on a 11-0 run to take a 29-16 with 6:05 left in the first half. Four minutes later the #24 ranked Lady Tigers would extend their lead to twenty, 41-21 at the 2:14 mark.
The Lady Tigers continued to play at a fast and furious pace, outscoring Texas Southern 8-3 over the final two minutes of the period to take a 49-24 lead into the locker room at the half.
The 49 points would be the most LSU has scored in a first half so far this season. Khayla Pointer would lead the team with 8 points at the half, while Alexis Morris added 7 points, and Awa Trasi contributed 5 points. As a team the Tigers were hot as a pistol, going 18-31 from the floor for 58%, and shooting 3-6 from behind the three point arc for 50%. LSU tenacious defensive pressure forced TSU into 12 first half turnovers, while outrebounding Texas Southern, 25-12.
The Lady Tigers started the second half where they left off in the first half, dominating TSU while going on a 13-0 run over the first four minutes of the period, taking a 62-27 led.
With three minutes left in the third period and up by 36 points, Kim Mulkey would pull her starters to giving bench players some much needed minutes.
LSU would end up outscoring the Lady Tigers of TSU 28-12 in the third period, leading 77-36 as the game headed into the 4th and final period.
The LSU bench players showed TSU no mercy in the fourth period as they would pick up where the starters left off, playing the final ten minutes at a fast pace with intensity to help LSU cruise to a 96-55 victory.
Timia Ware was brilliant off the bench as she did a great job of running the point in the final period, scoring 9 points. Grace Hall and Amani Bartlett both finished the contest with 8 points each, while Ajae Petty added 5 points.
Next, the Lady Tigers will host Alcorn State in the PMAC on Wednesday, Dec. 15th at 6:00pm....