LSU Pulls Away From Texas A&M Late To Win Their 13th Straight Game and Improves to 14-1 Overall and 2-0 in SEC Play
Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The 19th ranked LSU Lady Tigers improved to 14-1 as they defeated the 23rd ranked Texas A&M Lady Aggies, 75-66 in a hard fought SEC battle in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday afternoon.
Leading by two, 58-56 with only 6:01 left in the game, LSU would turn up their intensity on defense while finally getting their outside shooting and fast break scoring to heat up to take control of the game.
A&M would struggle late against the Lady Tigers' tough man-to-man defensive pressure. As the Aggies began to miss shots, LSU began to control the boards, outscoring A&M, 17-10 to pull away for the victory.
Alexis Morris had a big game, leading the team with 30 points. Khayla Pointer made huge shots in the 4th period, helping to lead the Lady Tigers' final run, scoring 17 points on the day. Jailin Cherry finished with 10 points and played very well defensively.
The win was LSU's 13th consecutive win, as they are now 14-1 overall and 2-0 in SEC play.
The Lady Tigers controlled the opening tip and took a quick 3-0 lead on a three point shot by Khayla Pointer. Four minutes later LSU would cling to a one point advantage, 8-7 after Jordan Nixon hit a three point shot for the Aggies at the 5:47 mark.
LSU outscored Texas A&M 8-4 over the final six minutes to take a 16-11 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
The Lady Aggies began to chip away at the LSU lead early in the second quarter, pulling even 19-19 with 7:09 left in the first half.
Both teams continued to battle each other at a ferocious pace, playing each other even over the next five minutes as the score sat at 27-27 with 2:49 to go.
A&M would go on a 6-0 run to take a 33-27 lead with 2:03 left in the half after Destiny Pitts and Kayla Wells each hit from behind the three point arc.
Khayla Pointer would hit a jumper at the buzzer to pull LSU to within 33-29 at the half.
Texas A&M would control the game throughout the third quarter, but LSU would outscore the Aggies 7-2 over the final 2:12 of the period to pull LSU to within three points, 49-46.
The Lady Aggies scored quickly to begin the 4th period on a layup by Jada Malone to increase their lead to 51-46. However, LSU would answer with a 8-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 54-51 lead with 8:22 left in the contest before shifting into another gear to pull away.
Next up for the Lady Tigers will be a matchup in the PMAC against the #1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday, Jan. 6th at 7:00pm