Lady Tigers Fall to No. 25 Texas A&M, 54-52
Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The 25th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies used a late fourth-quarter rally to defeat the LSU women’s basketball team, 54-52, here at Reed Arena in front of a crowd of 4,639 Sunday afternoon.
Despite LSU leading for a majority of the game, Texas A&M outscored LSU, 18-9, in the fourth quarter for the eventual victory. LSU fell to 14-6 overall; 3-4 in the SEC, with the loss while the victory improved Texas A&M to 15-5 overall; 5-2 in conference action.
Junior guard Raigyne Moncrief led LSU with 18 points and with her 10th point in the second quarter, she hit 1,000 points for her career. She became the 32nd Lady Tiger to amass 1,000 career points. Moncrief was 8-of-19 from the field and tied Ayana Mitchell for the team lead in rebounds with nine.
Chloe Jackson extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games with 12 points off a 5-of-12 effort from the field, that also included two of LSU’s four three-pointers. The four treys tied LSU’s season high this year. Alexis Hyder, who found herself in foul trouble, contributed nine points and hauled in five rebounds.
“This is definitely a disappointing loss from the standpoint of how hard we felt we competed and how we felt like we were in control of the game most of the game,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “From an offensive standpoint, I didn’t think we executed down the stretch as much as we needed to, and Texas A&M did. I am not going to lessen how hard my kids worked and how we put ourselves in position for this game to go either way.”
The Lady Tigers led for a majority of the first half and ended the first quarter with a 17-11 lead. Jackson extended that lead with a three pointer to open the second quarter but Texas A&M went on a 9-0 run to tie the game 20-20 with 4:40 left in the second quarter. LSU then used a 10-0 run of its own to pull away, 30-20, with just over a minute left in the half. A&M hit two free throws and Moncrief chipped in her 12th point of the game as LSU went into the locker room up, 32-22, at the half.
LSU ran its lead to 15 points in the third quarter, 39-24, before the Aggies chipped away at the advantage with a 7-0 run. Texas A&M outscored LSU, 14-11, in the third quarter, but LSU retained a 43-36 lead going into the final period. The Aggies hit the first bucket of the fourth quarter before Jackson hit back-to-back field goals to put LSU up, 47-38. The Aggies hit three treys and tied the score at 49-49 with 3:41 left in the game. Rina Hill hit a free throw and Moncrief hit two to put LSU up, 52-49, before A&M’s Danni Williams added a free throw to cut their deficit to two, 52-50 with 1:49 remaining. Khaalia Hillsman tied the score at 52-all with a layup and 39 seconds left on the clock. On LSU’s next possession, A&M applied pressure to Moncrief and she missed a jumper. Texas A&M’s Anriel Howard then put A&M up, 54-52, with four seconds left in the game. LSU called consecutive timeouts and on the next play Hyder looked for Moncrief, who was being defended, and went in for the layup and the ball bounced around the rim and fell out as the final buzzer sounded.
The Lady Tigers outrebounded Texas A&M, 35-33, and forced A&M to turn the ball over 12 times, scoring 11 points off the miscues. LSU shot 36 percent (21-59) from the field and the Aggies hit 44 percent (22-50) of their shots from the field.
Hillsman led Texas A&M with 13 points off a 6-of-13 effort from the field. She also had nine rebounds. Curtyce Knox and Danni Williams contributed 12 points apiece. Anriel Howard led the Aggies on the boards with 11 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers will not have a mid-week game following the Texas A&M matchup, and return to the PMAC on Jan. 29 against Arkansas. It will be the second meeting with the Razorbacks as LSU defeated Arkansas, 53-52, in Fayetteville on Jan. 8. The game has been tabbed as “Kid’s Day” and tattoos and trading cards will be the featured giveaways. The LSU-Arkansas matchup will be one of the final four regular-season home games for the Lady Tigers as the squad will play five of its eight February games on the road.
NOTES & TRENDS
• Starters for LSU were Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder, Raigyne Moncrief & Jasmine Rhodes.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 18 points and now has 1,008 career points in 85 games at LSU. She is the 32nd Lady Tiger to amass 1,000 points and is the first since Theresa Plaisance hit 1,000 points during the 2013-14 season. She did so in 106 career games.
• Raigyne Moncrief recorded her 18th double-digit scoring effort this season; the 55th of her career.
• Chloe Jackson scored 12 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games. She has scored in double figures in 16 of the 20 games this season.