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By: Terrill J. Weil
OXFORD, MS: Khayla Pointer had a triple-double and Faustine Aifuwa a double-double respectively helping #14 LSU defeat the Lady Rebels 68-64 on Monday night in Oxford.
Aifuwa led the team with 29 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Pointer had a fantastic outing finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Alexis Morris added 17 points for the Lady Tigers. It was a great victory for the Tigers.
With the win, LSU is now 19-4 overall and 7-3 in the SEC.
“Any win on the road is good,” said Head Coach Kim Mulkey. “But this one was especially big because of the timing of it.”
After Ole Miss grabbed an early 2-0 lead, the Lady Tigers answered going on a 8-0 run to take the lead, 8-2 at the 6:45 mark. During the run, LSU did a great job of getting everyone involved in the action as four Lady Tigers sank a basket over the two and a half minute scoring spurt.
The Rebels would answer with a run of their own, scoring seven straight to retake the lead, 9-8 with 3:02 left in the
In a period of runs, LSU responded scoring the final six points of the first quarter to lead 14-9 as we would head to the second period.
LSU started the second period on fire, going on a 7-2 run over the first four minutes to take a ten point lead, 21-11. But the Lady-Rebels refused to fold their tents, fighting back to trim five points of the lead to pull to within 21-16 with 3:29 to play in the first half.
Over the final three minutes of the quarter both team's ended up trading baskets with LSU leading 27-23 at the halftime break.
Ole Miss started the third period scoring four straight to tie the game at 27-27 at the 8:26 mark, before LSU would go on a 5-0 run to retake the lead, 32-27 with 7:17 left in the third.
The Rebels continued to keep pace with LSU until the Lady Tigers started an 11-5 run over a four minute span, building a 51-40 lead with 1:41 to go in the third period.
Over the final minute, Ole Miss would outscore LSU, 4-0 to cut the Lady Tigers' lead to 51-44 at the end of the third period.
The Lady Tigers controlled most of the fourth period holding on to a commanding lead that they wouldn't lose. With 3:33 left in the contest, LSU looked to have the game in hand leading 64-52.
Ole Miss was able to find another gear, and went on an impressive 10-1 run, as they pulled to within three points, 65-62 with 30 seconds left in the game.
LSU was able to sink enough free throws while holding off the Ole Miss rally for a huge 68-64 SEC win on the road.
The Lady Tigers will return home to host the 17th ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday night at 7:30pm.
“I hope it will be a huge crowd,” Coach Mulkey said. “I will be disappointed if it is not a huge crowd.”
2/9/2022 06:09:29 am
Way to Geaux LSU!
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