Women’s Hoops Takes On No. 10 Mississippi State

by Judy Willson | Assoc. Communications Director
Game Notes - Jan. 16, 2020 - at Mississippi State Inside Lady Tiger Basketball - Episode 1 +0
Women’s Hoops Takes On No. 10 Mississippi State

BATON ROUGE – For the second Thursday in a row, the LSU women’s basketball team will be facing the No. 10 team in the nation as the Tigers travel to face Mississippi State on Thursday, January 16 in Starkville. Game time at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. CT.

LSU is 13-3 overall and 3-1 in SEC play, while the No. 10 Bulldogs are 15-2 overall and 3-0 in conference action. This is the first of three consecutive games for LSU against Top 25 opponents. The Tigers return home on Sunday to play No. 11 Kentucky, then a week later after a bye travel to No. 24 Tennessee. LSU has two wins against Top 15 opponents this season, beating then-No. 15 Michigan State, 58-56 on November 29, and then-No. 10 Texas A&M, 57-54 on January 9.

The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network Plus and is available on the ESPN app with Charlie Winfield and Bart Gregory calling the action. Fans can also listen to Patrick Wright call the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network. Wright is in his 30th season as the “Voice of the Lady Tigers” and is joined on home broadcasts by Jeff Palermo. Fans can listen on 107.3 FM and audio broadcasts are available online at LSUSports.net/live. Live stats will be available at LSUsports.net.

LSU Update

LSU won its sixth consecutive home game on Sunday, 52-44, against Ole Miss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Redshirt senior Ayana Mitchell recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. It was also the second game in a row and sixth of the season that she shot 80 percent or better from the field. Junior Khayla Pointer posted her seventh game of the season with five or more assists with seven assists to go along with seven points and four rebounds.

Mitchell continues to be strong shooting from the field. Her overall percentage ranks first in the nation at 71.0 percent. She has shot at least 50 percent in all 16 games this season. Mitchell had an amazing December that saw her shoot 89.2 percent over LSU’s four games in the last month of the year.  She was 33-of-37, including a stretch of 19 consecutive field goals made to start the month. The consecutive makes streak started in November and extend out to 21 consecutive field goals made.

The streak of 21 is believed to be the most by a Tiger player in the history of the program with research on-going. The NCAA record is 33, set by Ruthy Hebard of Oregon from February 9-19, 2018 against 4 opponents. Other LSU players with double-digit makes streaks include Seimone Augustus in 2004 and Sylvia Fowles in 2007.

Mitchell is on track to become only the fourth LSU player to reach the 1,000 points-1,000 rebounds career marks – currently at 1,210 points and 869 rebounds. She has 34 double-doubles over her career and is currently 24th on the LSU all-time scoring list. She is averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Pointer leads the squad from the point with 14.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. She also has the best free throw shooting percentage on the squad at 73.4 and the most steals with 42.

Redshirt junior Faustine Aifuwa is having a solid season in the paint for LSU. Aifuwa is third on the team with 9.8 points per game. She is sporting a 51.5 field goal percentage to go along with 6.9 rebounds per game and 20 blocked shots.

LSU continues its solid play on defense, having held opponents to 50 points or under five times and 12 opponents at 60 or under so far this season and winning the battle of the boards in 13 games played. The Tigers are 14th in the nation in free throw attempts with 357 and 43rd in the nation in field goal percentage at 44.5 percent.

Bench play continues to be a strength as the season has progressed. The LSU bench has outscored opponents 321-233 over the first 16 games of the season.

LSU head coach Nikki Fargas is in her ninth season at LSU (161-109) and 12th overall (233-135). In 26 seasons as a student-athlete, graduate assistant and collegiate coach, Fargas is 637-211.

The Opponent – No. 10 Mississippi State

Mississippi State is tied for first place in the league with No. 1 South Carolina as the only two undefeated teams in SEC play. The Bulldogs have three players averaging double figure scoring, led by graduate player Jordan Danberry with 14.1 points per game. Freshman Rickea Jackson is second with 13.5 points per game, while sophomore Jessika Carter is scoring 13.0 points per game and leads the team with 9.9 rebounds per game.

Head coach Vic Schaeffer is in his eighth season at Mississippi State, the second head coaching stop of his career (Sam Houston State (1990-97). The Bulldogs are currently in the midst of a 7-game winning streak.

LSU holds the lead in the series, 47-12.

LSU Milestones List

* Ayana Mitchell

                – 7th – Career Rebounds – 869 (6th – 894, Cornelia Gayden, 1991-95)

                – 24th – Career Points – 1,210 (23rd – 1,221, Patricia Woods, 1985-89)

                – Potential to join elite class of Maree Jackson, Julie Gross and Sylvia Fowles as only LSU players with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds

* Khayla Pointer

                – 18th – Career Assists – 273 (16th (tie) – 276, Miriam Farr, 1990-94 & Seimone Augustus, 2002-06)

                – Hit the 700 career point mark – at Missouri (Jan. 5)

                – Hit the 100 career steal mark – at Oklahoma (Dec. 7)

* Faustine Aifuwa

                – 6th – Career Blocks – 108 (5th – 138, Shanece McKinney, 2010-14)

                – Hit the 500 career point mark – vs. Rutgers (Nov. 24); Needs 20 points to hit 600

                – Grabbed 400th of her career – vs. Florida A&M (Dec. 19)

Up Next

The Tigers next game will be Sunday, January 19 against No. 11 Kentucky at 1 p.m. It will be the annual We Back Pat Game. Fans can purchase tickets for all games at LSUtix.net and are encouraged to wear purple.

LSU will close out January on the road at No. 24 Tennessee on Sunday, January 26 and at Florida on Thursday, January 30.  The game at Tennessee will be the Lady Vols’ We Back Pat Game with game time is set for Noon CT on the SEC Network.

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Geaux Clear at the PMAC

Fans are reminded that the Geaux Clear Policy will be in effect for all LSU women’s basketball home games. Diaper bags must be clear and no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″. Backpacks, including drawstring/synch bags are strictly prohibited.

Fans with medically-necessary items will be allowed to enter the PMAC following a more thorough search at the designated inspection points. The lower level inspection will take place at the southeast corner entrance near the elevator and upper level inspection is available at the South concourse near the Ticket Office.

For other updates, information is available on LSUSports.net.