Raigyne Moncrief led LSU with 20 points in the loss at Vanderbilt.
Madeline VeZain

Vanderbilt Rallies To Defeat LSU

Jennifer Rodrigues
Jennifer Rodrigues
Sr. Assoc. Communications Director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Vanderbilt hit its eighth 3-pointer of the game with 28 seconds remaining on the clock to defeat LSU, 70-68, here at Memorial Gym Monday evening.

LSU fell to 17-8 overall; 6-6 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt improved to 12-13 on the year; 2-10 in league play.

LSU and Vanderbilt will meet again in the final regular-season game on Feb. 26 at the PMAC. This will be just the fourth time in the entire series history that the two teams are facing each other in both Nashville and Baton Rouge. LSU has won 13 of the 17 games played at the PMAC.

Raigyne Moncrief led LSU with 20 points for her eighth 20-point game of the season. She was 8-of-22 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. She hit just her second trey of the season at the buzzer at the end of the first quarter and also grabbed eight rebounds. Alexis Hyder registered 13 points and five rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. She also had three blocked shots in the loss. Chloe Jackson contributed 11 points and eight rebounds while Ayana Mitchell added 10 points and eight rebounds. Jaelyn Richard-Harris led LSU with four assists, tying her high for the season.

Vanderbilt has won the last seven games played in Nashville, as LSU’s last victory at Memorial Gym was in 2004-05.

“This definitely is a tough loss for us,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “A lot of credit to Vanderbilt. I thought they played with a lot of heart and tremendous hustle down the stretch. I thought (Marqu’es) Webb and (Lealea) Carter made it happen for Vanderbilt. We have to move forward from this game and take a look at the film and challenge our team to be better, especially on the defensive end.”

Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds, but Vanderbilt hauled in 25 defensive boards. LSU was 26-of-35 (40%) from the field and 15-of-18 (83%) from the free-throw line, while Vanderbilt was 23-of-49 (47%) from the field and 16-of-20 (80%) from the line. VU converted eight of its 18 three-point attempts, and it was the final trey by Rebekah Dahlman that sealed the win for the Commodores. LSU forced Vanderbilt to turn the ball over 17 times and scored 16 points off the miscues.

Maqu’es Webb led the Commodores with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Webb was 6-of-6 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. Christa Reed also scored in double figures with 10 points.

LSU opened the game with a bucket by Moncrief and Vanderbilt then went on a 12-4 run to gain a 12-6 lead. VU led by as many as eight, but the Lady Tigers chipped away at the lead and Moncrief hit just her second 3-pointer of the season at the buzzer at the end of the first quarter to pull LSU within one point, 19-18. The Lady Tigers outscored Vanderbilt, 18-16, in the second quarter to take a 36-35 lead into the locker room at the half. It was Moncrief’s layup with 1:05 left in the first half that gave LSU its first lead of the game since the opening bucket. Moncrief had 11 of her 20 points in the first half.

In the first half, rebounds were tied, 16-16, but 13 of Vanderbilt’s rebounds were defensive boards. LSU forced the Commodores into 12 turnovers in the first two quarters and scored nine points off the miscues.

LSU opened the second half on an 8-2 run before Vanderbilt converted its fifth 3-pointer to cut LSU’s lead to four, 44-40. LSU outscored VU, 21-15, in the third quarter and took a 57-50 lead into the fourth quarter. Moncrief opened the final period with two free throws to put LSU ahead, 59-50, but then the Lady Tigers were whistled for fouls under Vanderbilt’s basket and the Commodores scored six-straight points on free throws and ultimately used a 9-4 run to get within two points of LSU, 61-59. VU managed to cut its deficit to one point multiple times in the fourth quarter and then took the lead, 70-68, on a 3-pointer by Dahlman with 27.5 left in the game. LSU had three more shots at grabbing at least the tie in the final 20 seconds but missed the opportunity and VU held on for the victory.

LSU will be back at home on Feb. 16 against #23 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.

Texas A&M is 19-6 overall; 9-3 in the SEC, after defeating Tennessee on the road Sunday, 61-59. LSU will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to A&M. The Lady Tigers fell to the Aggies, 54-52, in the first half of conference play.

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