Tigers Fall To No. 1 South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team fell to No. 1 South Carolina, 63-48, Thursday night in Columbia, South Carolina. With the loss, LSU is 18-7 overall and 8-5 in the conference. The Gamecocks picked up their 20th straight win and is now 26-1 overall and 13-0 in the SEC. The Tigers still lead the all-time series 22-14.
Junior Jailin Cherry led the team with 13 points and five rebounds, while redshirt junior Faustine Aifuwa scored 12 points. LSU held South Carolina to its lowest point total in SEC play this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Awa Trasi put LSU on the board first,2-0.
- South Carolina went on a 6-0 run but was cut off by straight layups from Pointer then Cherry to tie it at 6-6.
- The Tigers cut off a 12-0 run by South Carolina with another jumper and layup by Cherry. LSU headed into the second quarter down 23-12.
- The Tigers again struck first, thanks to a jumper by Cherry.
- Trasi made two straight jumpers out of the second quarter media timeout, which put LSU within seven at 25-18 with about five minutes left in the half.
- After a 5-0 Tiger run, LSU cut South Carolina’s lead to four, 30-26 with about two minutes left until the half.
- The Gamecocks led 32-26 at halftime.
- A three by Khayla Pointer triggered a South Carolina timeout with 4:25 left to play in the third, Tigers trailed 43-31.
- Another three by Cherry and layup by Pointer put LSU within 12. The Gamecocks led 52-36 going into the fourth quarter.
- Aifuwa kicked off the fourth quarter first for the Tigers by making both of her free throws and that is where the points began being traded.
- South Carolina led 61-45 at the media timeout with 2:13 left.
The Tigers will be at home on Sunday, February 23, hosting Georgia in the PMAC at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus. It will be the annual Play4Kay game and LSU will be honoring its four seniors – Ayana Mitchell, Jaelyn Richard-Harris, Mercedes Brooks and LaToya Ashman – during pregame ceremonies.
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