Women's Basketball Falls to Northern Colorado

by Chase Wales
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Women's Basketball Falls to Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. – The LSU women’s basketball team dropped its second road game of the season to the Northern Colorado Bears by a score of 58-50 at the Bank of Colorado Arena Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss, while Northern Colorado improved to 3-0.

Raigyne Louis led LSU in scoring with 16 points, while Ayana Mitchell picked up her fourth career double-double with ten points and 13 rebounds.

The Bears were led by Courtney Smith’s game-high 26 points on 13-of-20 shooting.

It was a low-scoring affair for both teams in the first half, as LSU mustered only 11 points in the first quarter and 12 points in the second as the Lady Tigers went into the half down 25-23.

LSU freshmen Jailin Cherry and Khayla Pointer entered the game midway through the first quarter and provided a quick spark on offense, but early turnovers prevented the Lady Tigers from pulling ahead for long.

Despite shooting just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Bears were able to consistently take shots and gain the lead at the half thanks to Smith’s 16 first-half points.

After Louis scored the first basket of the second half to tie the game at 25 apiece, Northern Colorado went on a 14-2 run as LSU could not get its shots to fall.

The Lady Tigers started to find their stride as the third quarter ended, however, going on a 7-0 run to end the third quarter at 39-34 in favor of the Bears.

LSU was able to score more effectively down the stretch, but could not overcome Northern Colorado’s 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter.

Louis scored three successive baskets with just over three minutes remaining in the game to pull LSU within three points, but that was as close as the Lady Tigers would get as the Bears closed out the game on a 10-5 run, taking down the visiting squad by a final score of 58-50.

LSU dominated the boards, but couldn’t turn their 48-31 rebound advantage into points. The Lady Tigers also struggled with turnovers and successfully spreading the ball around, committing 14 turnovers compared to only four assists.

The bench was again a bright spot for the Lady Tigers as several players came into the game as reserves and contributed, outscoring the Northern Colorado bench 16-5.

Up next for LSU is a home game again Nicholls State University on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

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