Lady Tigers Earn Road Win at Ole Miss
Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
OXFORD, Miss. --- The LSU women’s basketball team handed Ole Miss just its second home loss this season, defeating the Rebels, 62-51, here at the Pavilion at Ole Miss Thursday evening.
LSU improved to 17-7 overall; 6-5 in the SEC, while Ole Miss dropped to 15-9 on the year; 4-7 in league play.
Senior Alexis Hyder and freshman Ayana Mitchell both posted double-doubles of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Hyder also had two assists and a blocked shot. Mitchell was 8-of-12 from the free-throw line as the Lady Tigers were 28-of-40 from the line as a team. Both the 28 free throws and 40 attempts are highs for the season.
Raigyne Moncrief, who was in foul trouble through much of the second half led the Lady Tigers with 19 points. She also had six rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes of action. She fouled out with 5:17 left in the game.
“I thought in the second quarter, we set the tone by changing up our defense,” said head coach Nikki Fargas. “I thought our team really played hard tonight.”
“The adversity of our players being in foul trouble, I thought we handled that very well,” added Fargas. “(Raigyne) Moncrief going out was a hard one, and they (Ole Miss) picked up their defense. A lot of credit to Ole Miss, they are a very good basketball team. They really got after us and they turned us over. That is something that hasn’t really happened all year.”
LSU forced Ole Miss to turn the ball over 23 times and scored 23 points off the miscues. The Rebels managed to force 24 LSU turnovers but only converted 16 points. The 24 turnovers were a high for the Lady Tigers this season.
The Lady Tigers outrebounded Ole Miss, 43-30, with 30 of those being defensive boards. In addition to the 10 boards by Hyder and Mitchell, Moncrief and Chloe Jackson totaled six rebounds. Jackson also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Both teams battled to a 15-15 tie at the end of the first quarter before LSU went on a 17-1 run at the start of the second quarter to break the game open in the first half.
The Lady Tigers held the Rebels without a field goal until there was just 1:23 left in the second quarter, and Ole Miss was just 2-of-12 from the field while LSU was 4-of-11. Ole Miss picked up its fifth foul of the second quarter with just under five minutes remaining and LSU converted 9 of its 11 attempts from the free-throw line for the period to take the eventual 32-20 lead into the locker room at the half. Moncrief had 16 of her 19 points in the first half.
Ole Miss missed its first eight field goals of the third quarter and LSU took a 41-21 lead before the Rebels rolled off a 7-0 run and the Lady Tigers went five minutes without a field goal. LSU took a 43-28 lead into the fourth quarter. The closest Ole Miss would get in the fourth quarter would be the 11-point deficit that they ended the game with.
The Lady Tigers will face Vanderbilt on Monday evening in Nashville. The game will be carried by SEC Network and tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
LSU will be back at home on Feb. 16 against Texas A&M for the annual Play4Kay “Pink” game. The first 500 fans to arrive will receive a pair of pink socks and any fan wearing pink will receive admission for just $2. There also will be a special survivors’ parade at halftime.
NOTES & TRENDS
• Starters for LSU were Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder, Raigyne Moncrief & Jasmine Rhodes. This starting lineup is 3-3 this season.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 19 points for her 22nd double-digit scoring game this season and the 59th of her career. She has led LSU in scoring in 12 games and has scored in double figures in the last eight-straight contests.
• Alexis Hyder hauled down 10 rebounds for her second double-digit rebounding effort this season; and the 13th of her career. Her double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds was the second double-double of the season and the 12th of her career.
• Ayana Mitchell’s double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds was her third of the season and her career. This was the first time since the 2016 SEC Tournament that two Lady Tigers had recorded a double-double in the same contest. In that game against Kentucky, Hyder had 23 points/10 rebounds and Akilah Bethel posted 17 points/10 rebounds.
• LSU is now 33-22 over Ole Miss in the series history. The win tied the series at 13-13 in Oxford.
• LSU forced Ole Miss to turn the ball over 23 times. This is the 14th time this season that the Lady Tigers have forced 20 or more turnovers in a game.
• LSU was 28-of-40 from the free-throw line, marking the 12th time this season that LSU has gone to the line 20 or more times. The 40 attempts for LSU was the most since going 23-of-40 versus LA Tech in 2013-14 (Tech was 25-of-32), and the 28 made free throws is the most since LSU turned in a 34-of-47 effort against McNeese State on Dec. 21, 2012. Against SEC opponents, LSU has attempted 40-plus free throws against Ole Miss (29-40) on 2/26/04 and Kentucky (34-43) on 3/3/21.