Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU women’s basketball team has been all gas no brakes as the Tigers have topped the century mark in four straight games for the first time in program history. Also for the first time this season, the Tigers were challenged by the opposition in the first quarter which ended with LSU leading 22-20, the closest margin at the end of the first period through four games. Houston Christian hung in with LSU and gave the Tigers all they could handle, but it didn’t last for the Huskies as LSU would assert its dominance in the second quarter.
LSU would stifle the HCU offense from the beginning of the second quarter until the Huskies sank a pair of shots in the last 30 seconds of the period, the only points that HCU managed in the quarter. The LSU offense went on a 24-0 run before surrendering the 5 points just before halftime, the longest run for the Tigers on the young season. The Halftime margin favored LSU 46-25. LSU had 21 points in the paint by halftime.
Angel Reese led the Tigers in points and rebounds and again earned her double double by halftime. Reese paced the field with 29 points and 16 boards and has a double double in all four games this season. Jasmine Carson got into an early rhythm and sank beautiful shot after beautiful shot including three shots from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points. La Dazhia Smith, Alexis Morris, and Flau’jae Johnson each added 12 points for the Tigers.
Julija Vujakovic was again the lone player for the opposition to score in double figures, getting 18 points and was consistently the toughest matchup for the Tigers on the floor. No Huskie player grabbed more than five rebounds as LSU outrebounded HCU 53-28. Houston Christian did manage to drop 12 points during the third period but LSU added 25 points of their own to take a 71-37 lead into the fourth and final period.
In the fourth quarter the Tiger defense allowed 10 points, but again scored 30 to close out the game and win by a final margin of 101-47. With under a minute to play and LSU leading 99-44, the Tigers were determined to make one final basket to maintain the 100 point streak. Izzy Besselman grabbed a rebound off of Vujakovic’s miss with 41 seconds to go, LSU pushed up to it’s half court where Emily Ward had her shot come off the iron with 24 seconds left. Alisa Williams would grab the offensive rebound and hit the turnaround jumper with 19 seconds left on the clock giving LSU the 101-44 edge. N’denasija Collins would hit a 3 pointer as time expired for the final margin.
With the win, LSU improves to 4-0 and will take on Northwestern State on Sunday at the PMAC with a 2:00pm tip, Northwestern is 1-1. The loss drops HCU to 1-2.