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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.