Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
GREENVILLE, S.C. - LSU is headed to the Final Four for the first time since 2008. The Tigers overcame a poor offensive performance by playing suffocating defense all night long as they defeated a pesky Miami team,
54-42 on Sunday evening in Greenville, South Carolina.
On a night when Angel Reese was off offensively, Alexis Morris stepped up to lead the Tigers with 21 points. Reese finished with her 32nd double-double of the season, 13 points and 18 rebounds, a new SEC record.
Both teams displayed sloppy play in the first ten minutes of the contest. The game was scoreless before LSU got on the board first at the 8:33 mark on a Alexis Morris driving layup.
Defensively, LSU held the Hurricanes scoreless until Jasmyne Roberts banked in a layup with 6:20 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 2-2.
The Lady Tigers found themselves trailing 8-4 at the 3:29 mark before outscoring Miami 6-0 to end
the opening period, taking a 10-8 lead into the second quarter.
The second period saw both teams begin to settle down. The game remained close and competitive with three ties and three lead changes until LSU began to pull away over the final 3:23 of the half, going on a 8-2 run to take a 26-20 lead into the halftime break.
The difference between the two team's over the first 20 minutes was Miami struggled due to a
very aggressive LSU defense, while the Tigers shooting woes were self inflicted by several missed layup and wide open looks at the basket.
LSU started the third quarter with sloppy play before getting back on track. With 6:21 left in the period, the Tigers held a 28-23 lead before a Flau'jae Johnson jumper kicked off a 10-4 run, giving LSU an 11 point lead, 38-27 at the end of the quarter.
The Tigers began the fourth quarter by extending their lead to 43-27, thanks to a 5-0 run as
LaDazhia Williams banked in a layup, then Kateri Poole hit a three pointer, the only three point shot made in the game by either team.
Over the next three minutes Miami sparked an 8-0 run to cut the LSU lead in half, pulling to within eight,
43-35. But that's as close as the Hurricanes would get as the Tigers began to overwhelm Miami on both ends of the floor, finishing the game on a 11-7 run for the 54-42 victory.
LSU (32-2) will play the winner of the Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State game in the Final Four on Friday, March 31st at either 6 or 8pm CST at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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