Women's Basketball Takes Down Texas Tech on the Road
LUBBOCK, Texas – The LSU women’s basketball team defeated the Texas Tech Lady Raiders by a score of 48-40 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge at the United Supermarkets Arena Thursday.
LSU improved to 4-3 on the season with the win, while Texas Tech fell to 3-3.
The Lady Raiders’ 40 points were the fewest allowed by an LSU opponent since it held Alabama State to 40 points on December 28, 2016.
Raigyne Louis led the Lady Tigers in scoring with a game-high 17 points and added six rebounds.
Ayana Mitchell added nine points to go along with nine rebounds, and Chloe Jackson contributed eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Redshirt freshman Faustine Aifuwa grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers were able to take advantage of Texas Tech’s turnovers early and often to start the game, holding a 13-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter thanks to a well-rounded scoring effort from the floor and a strong defensive presence.
A low-scoring second quarter for both teams saw the Lady Tigers hold on to a narrow 23-16 lead going into halftime as LSU closed out the first half on a 6-0 run in the final two minutes.
Both teams remained out of sync offensively coming out of the locker rooms as Texas Tech outscored LSU 12-8 in the third quarter to trim the Lady Tigers’ lead to three.
Shanice Norton kicked off the final quarter with a steal and a quick layup, which seemed to energize the Lady Tigers’ offense that outscored Texas Tech 17-12 in the fourth quarter to close the game out with a final score of 48-40.
A large part of the Lady Tigers’ ability to hold Texas Tech’s offense in check was their ability to create turnovers, forcing 21 miscues from the Lady Raiders and converting those mistakes into 17 points off of turnovers. Conversely, the Lady Tigers limited their own mistakes for the most part, allowing Texas Tech to score just three points off of turnovers.
LSU and Texas Tech were evenly matched in the paint all night, as LSU held the rebounding advantage 38-36 and outscored Tech in the paint 22-20.
The Lady Tigers’ next game will take place after a brief break from action as they travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane on Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. CT.
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