Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The LSU Lady Tigers faced their first ranked opponent of the Kim Mulkey era on Thursday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and came away with an impressive 69-60 upset win over the 14th ranked Iowa State Lady Cyclones. It was Iowa State's first loss of the season as they fell to 7-1.
The Tigers were lead by Alexis Morris who had a career game finishing with 25 points as she was red hot from three point land going 5-7 from behind the arc. Khayla Pointer continued her outstanding play as she finished with 20 points on the night. Ryann Payne came off the bench for an injured Jailin Cherry to score 9 points and play great defense.
LSU's defense was able to hold the dangerous three point shooting Cyclones to only 9-23 from behind the arc and forced 16 turnovers, while dominating play down low in the paint. It was a great win for the program....
The Lady Tigers controlled the opening tip and scored quickly as Alexis Morris drained a jumper 8 seconds into the ball game giving LSU a 2-0 lead.
On the next four possession each team would hit from behind the three point arc, as LSU led 8-6 at the 8:03 mark. Things were beginning to shape into a grueling, fast pace contest.
Over the next four minutes, LSU continued to have the hot hand on offense, going on a 12-7 run to build a 20-13 lead
with 3:43 left in the first quarter.
The fast pace continued over the final minutes of the period, as Iowa State continued to shoot the ball well from behind the arc to pull within four, as LSU would hold a 24-20 lead after the first ten minutes.
The Lady Cyclones stayed hot from three point range to start the second period, keeping pace with LSU's offensive production, as Ashley Joens hit a jumper from behind the arc to pull Iowa State to within one, 27-26 with 6:11 left on the clock.
Sixty seconds later, the Cyclones would take their first lead of the contest, 28-27 at the 5:06 mark, but LSU answered quickly to regain the lead, 29-28 as Faustine Aifuwa sank two shots from the free throw line.
With 3:04 left and LSU up 34-32, the Lady Tigers turned up their intensity, holding Iowa State scoreless for the rest of the period with great man to man defense, while scoring the final four points of the half to take a 38-32 lead at the break.
The Lady Tigers played an inspiring first half shooting 50% from the floor, while hitting 4-4 from behind the three point arc. Alexis Morris led the team with 15 points in the first half, while Khayla Pointer added 10.
Iowa State began the third period going on a 8-4 run over the first six minutes cutting LSU's lead to 42-40 with 5:45 left on the clock.
The Lady Tigers would begin to once again turn up their intensity, pulling away from the Lady Cyclones, taking a 12
point advantage, 56-44 with 1:42 left in the third period.
However, Iowa State refused to quit, scoring four straight to end the period as LSU led 56-48 going into the final ten minutes of play.
The Lady Cyclones started the fourth period scoring four straight to pull to within 56-53, but LSU would answer with a 6-0 run to increase their lead to nine, 62-53 with 6:32 left in the contest.
For the final six minutes, Iowa State simply couldn't match LSU's intensity as the Lady Tigers seemed to wear down the
Cyclones with their physical play on defense and on the boards.
Both teams played even the rest of the way as LSU would pull off an early season upset over a ranked opponent, 69-60.
Next the Lady Tigers will take a ten day break to study for and take exams before returning to play on Sunday, Dec. 12th against Texas Southern in the Assembly Center. Tipoff is set for 1:00pm....
Photos Below By: Jonathan Mailhes