No. 5 MSU Snaps LSU's Eight-Game Win Streak
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team fell to the No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs by a score of 83-70 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Sunday.
The Lady Tigers fell to 10-4 (2-1 SEC) with the win while Mississippi State improved to 17-0 (3-0 SEC).
Chloe Jackson led LSU in scoring as she tied her season-high with 25 points and added six rebounds, a block and a steal.
The Lady Tigers set the pace from the start and jumped out to an early 17-10 lead, but five three-pointers from the Bulldogs in the first quarter helped them take a 23-22 advantage into the second quarter.
Jackson had the hot hand continuing in the first half, scoring 10 of LSU’s 13 second-quarter points. The junior from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, started the game a perfect 9-for-9 from the field and didn’t miss her first shot until just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Mississippi State closed out the second quarter on a 12-0 run, giving the Bulldogs the 44-35 halftime lead as the Lady Tigers struggled to find their shots over that stretch despite shooting a highly-efficient 50 percent from the floor in the first half.
The Bulldogs came out of halftime and went on a 12-4 run and led the Lady Tigers by a game-high 17 points halfway through the third quarter before LSU began to find its rhythm again offensively, closing out the period by outscoring Mississippi State 13-9.
Louis took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of LSU’s final 18 points as the Lady Tigers decreased Mississippi State’s lead to 10 points following a three pointer from the senior, but the Bulldogs managed to close the game out 83-70.
Mississippi State out-rebounded LSU 40-34 and scored 38 points in the paint thanks to a big game from Teaira McCowan, who posted 31 points and 20 rebounds.
LSU forced 11 turnovers and converted them into 14 points off of turnovers, but couldn’t avoid costly fouls as Mississippi State took advantage of foul trouble from Louis for most of the game.
Next up for the Lady Tigers is their second SEC road game of the season against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday, January 11 at 7 p.m. CT.
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