Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Lady Tigers return to the PMAC on Sunday evening for round two of the Baton Rouge Regional, dismantling 6th seed Michigan, 66-42 to punch their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in nine years.
It was a tight first quarter of play, but thanks to Angel Reese's 6 points and 10 rebounds along with
a suffocating defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final five and a half minutes of the quarter, LSU took a 12-7 lead into the second period.
The Lady Tigers began the second quarter with raised intensity, going on a 11-2 run to extend their lead
to 23-9 at the 6:23 mark.
With Reese working the Michigan team over and the LSU defense forcing nine first half turnovers, the Lady
Tigers would take a 30-15 lead into the locker room at the break.
Reese registered her 30th double-double of the season in the first half, scoring 13 while grabbing
14 rebounds. Jasmine Carson scored 9 points, LaDazhia Williams added 6 and Alexis Morris finished the first 20 minutes with 2 points.
LSU shot 12-41 from the floor for 29.3% and 3-13 from three point territory for 23.1% while sinking 3-4 free throws for 75%. The Lady Tigers owned the boards in the first half, outrebounding Michigan 28-13.
The Wolverines showed poise to began the second half scoring first five points in the first minute of the third quarter to cut LSU's lead to 30-20.
LSU finally scored their first basket of the quarter when Reese banked in a layup and was fouled at the 5:39 mark. Reese missed the free throw, but LSU rebounded the miss and Kateri Poole hit a three pointer to give the Lady Tigers a 35-22 lead.
The Bayou Ben-Gals lead 47-31 at the end of the third quarter as they outscored Michigan, 12-9 over the final 6:10 of the period.
LSU pressed down on the accelerator and never looked back in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 points, playing physical defense and dominating the boards, for the 66-42 victory.
Angel Reese was simply dominating all game long finishing with 25 points and 24 rebounds. Alexis Morris finished with 11 points, Williams scored 10, Carson with 9, Flau'jae Johnson added 8 and Poole finished with 3 points.
The Lady Tigers finished the contest shooting 24-68 from the floor for 35.3% while sinking 6-19 from behind the arc for 31.6% and shooting 80% from the charity stripe hitting 12-15. LSU's aggressive defense forced 16 total turnovers and the Lady Tigers outrebounded the Wolverines, 46-26.
Next up LSU will move on to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Utah on March 24th, TBA.
Photos Below By: Jonathan Mailhes
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