Mitchell Posts 15th Double-Double In Loss To Auburn
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team lost its regular season finale to Auburn by a score of 56-46 on Sunday afternoon in the PMAC.
Ayana Mitchell notched her 15th double-double of the season with a team-high 15 points and career-best 21 rebounds.
Mitchell’s 21 rebounds were the most by an LSU player since Sylvia Fowles had 20 in the 2008 Women’s Final Four semifinal against Tennessee.
Nine of her rebounds came on the offensive glass which LSU head coach Nikki Fargas credits to keeping LSU in the game.
“She really was battling in there and she was giving us those offensive put backs,” said Fargas.
Faustine Aifuwa also scored in double figures with 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
It was a tough day for the Lady Tigers in taking care of the basketball. Auburn took advantage of LSU’s 24 turnovers and converted them in to 25 points.
LSU led the entire first quarter and had the 14-11 advantage at the close of the quarter.
The Lady Tigers downfall came in the second quarter as they were held to just seven points. The visiting Tigers took their first lead at the 6:29 mark in the second quarter, 19-17.
“The second quarter was very decisive when you look at where our turnovers really start to rack up,” Fargas said. “They were able to get half their points off of our turnovers. [Our turnovers] have been plaguing us. We’ve got to take more pride in the basketball. We’re making things more difficult than they need to be.”
Many of LSU’s turnovers were caused by trying to dribble through Auburn’s press defense.
“It allowed [Auburn] to have that breakout quarter in the second,” Fargas added.
LSU started to pick up the pace in the final two minutes of the game going on a 9-0 run to cut Auburn’s lead 53-46 but it was too little, too late as Auburn was able to put away the game with a jumper and a free throw.
“Tonight, we didn’t have positive results against a very good Auburn team,” Fargas said. “But we did some really good things defensively against them as well. Our goal is to hold teams to 55 points or less.”
With the loss, LSU falls to 16-12 overall and 7-9 in the SEC. Auburn advances to 21-8 and 9-7 in conference play. LSU will be the No. 9 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament and will face No. 8 Tennessee at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, March 7, at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.