Lady Tigers Fall In Overtime at Georgia
Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
ATHENS, Ga. --- The LSU women’s basketball team dropped a 70-65 decision to the Georgia Lady Bulldogs in its first overtime game of the season, here at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
LSU fell to 18-9 overall; 7-7 in the SEC, while Georgia improved to 14-13 on the year and 6-8 in league action.
Raigyne Moncrief, who hit only her third 3-pointer of the season and tied the score to send the game to overtime, led LSU with 21 points for her third-consecutive 20-point game this season. She was 8-of-18 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also tallied seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Alexis Hyder registered her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She was 6-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from the charity stripe. Ayana Mitchell, who returned to her home state of Georgia for today’s game, scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Chloe Jackson contributed nine points.
“I thought the foul trouble really disrupted our flow and our ability to execute offensively, when two of our best players (Raigyne Moncrief & Alexis Hyder) are sitting on the sidelines in foul trouble,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “I give a lot of credit to Georgia. They had several players hit key plays for them. We had a lot of defensive mistakes and I thought that Georgia did a nice job of taking advantage of that. (Caliya) Robinson just handled us in the paint.”
The Lady Tigers dominated the boards with 43 rebounds to Georgia’s 33. Georgia controlled the game in the paint, scoring 34 points to LSU’s 22 points, primarily off Caliya Robinson’s 20 points.
Pachis Roberts led the Lady Bulldogs with 28 points, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field, including two key treys. Robinson led UGA with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Georgia took an early 4-0 lead at the start of the game before LSU settled in and used an 8-0 run to go up, 8-4. Hyder and Moncrief closed out the quarter with buckets as the Lady Tigers took a 14-8 lead into the second quarter. LSU continued its run through the second quarter, primarily with offense from Hyder and Mitchell, who were the only scorers for LSU that period. The closest the Lady Bulldogs would get was two points and LSU was ahead, 24-22, at the half. Hyder led the Lady Tigers in the first half with eight points and six rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs scored the first four points of the third quarter to take their first lead since the start of the game. Moncrief tied the game at 26 with a jumper before LSU used a 10-3 run to jump ahead, 36-29, with 4:46 left in the third period. Despite going over three minutes without a field goal, LSU managed to maintain a lead the entire third period thanks to a 6-of-8 effort from the free-throw line. LSU closed out the third quarter with a 42-38 lead.
In the first 1:15 of the fourth quarter, four Lady Tigers were whistled for fouls. Hyder picked up two quick fouls and Moncrief and Shanice Norton each were called for fouls and Hyder and Moncrief had to head to the bench as each had four fouls with 8:45 left in the game. With Moncrief and Hyder out, UGA went on an 8-2 run and led, 49-46, at the media timeout. Moncrief and Hyder both entered the game with 4:56 left on the clock during the timeout. UGA’s largest lead was five points and LSU chipped away at it and jumped ahead, 54-53, with a 3-pointer by Chloe Jackson with 1:09 left in the game. UGA called timeout and then Roberts answered with a 3-pointer of her own with less than a minute remaining to put the Lady Bulldogs up again, 56-54.
Hyder and Moncrief were heavily defended and missed their next shot attempts and UGA inbounded the ball with 21.8 seconds remaining on the clock and drew a foul and hit a free throw to go ahead, 57-54. With 15 seconds left in the game, Moncrief pulled up at the top of the key for a 3-pointer and tied the score 57-57. UGA missed a three-point attempt and Chloe Jackson grabbed the rebound and raced for a layup and Roberts was credited with a blocked shot.
The two squads traded baskets in overtime until LSU took its biggest lead of three points, 64-61, with a Moncrief layup. UGA quickly answered with three Robinson buckets to go ahead by three, 67-64, with 34 seconds left in the game. Mitchell hit the second of her two free-throw attempts before Robinson and Roberts added three made free throws for the eventual 70-65 victory.
The Lady Tigers travel to Auburn for a matchup next Thursday before closing out the regular season with a rematch against Vanderbilt on Feb. 26 at the PMAC. Seniors Rina Hill, Jasmine Rhodes and Alexis Hyder will be honored prior to the game. The SEC Tournament is set for March 1-5 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.
NOTES & TRENDS
• Starters for LSU were Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder, Raigyne Moncrief & Jasmine Rhodes.
• With her two steals in the first half, Raigyne Moncrief took over the No. 2 spot in single-season steals with 94. She needs just 6 more to tie the record of 100 set by Danielle Ballard during the 2012-13 season.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 21 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games. She has scored in double figures in 25 games this season; and in 62 career games. This is her 10th 20-point game of the season and the 14th of her career. She has led LSU in scoring in nine of the last 11 games and 15 times this season.
• Alexis Hyder registered her third double-double of the season and the 13th here at LSU with 17 points and 11 rebounds. It was also her 11th double-digit scoring game this season and the 32nd of her career at LSU.
• This was the first overtime game for LSU since early last season. On Nov. 15, 2015, LSU defeated UL-Monroe, 61-54, in overtime. LSU is now 22-16 all-time in OT games.
• This is only the sixth time this season that LSU has committed more turnovers than its opponent. LSU had 13 and UGA had 12.
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