Lady Tigers Advance With Win Over Rebels
Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Chloe Jackson powered LSU with a double-double of 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as LSU advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament with a 65-49 win over Ole Miss here at Bon Secours Wellness Arena Thursday evening.
With the win, LSU improved to 20-10 overall, marking head coach Nikki Fargas’ fourth 20-win season with the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers face No. 2 seeded Mississippi State (27-3) on Friday at 5 p.m. CT. The Lady Tigers lost to the Bulldogs on the road in this year’s SEC opener, 74-48, and are 4-0 against MSU in the SEC Tournament.
Pam Ward and Gail Goestenkors will handle the commentary for SEC Network, and Steffi Sorenson will report from the sidelines. The game will be available on www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the game on its flagship station Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. The radio broadcast featuring Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, also will be available for free at www.LSUsports.net/live.
“Well, we're excited to see another day here at the SEC tournament,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “This is the most competitive conference in the country. Every game here, the feel in this gymnasium, has felt like an NCAA tournament. I can't be more proud of my group for digging deep and really finding a way to beat a very good Ole Miss team, who has gone on and had great wins and put up a great season.
“But the play of our team on the defensive end, their effort to really try to reach our defensive goal of holding our opponent to under 50, they reached it,” added Fargas. “Again, we're excited that we're continuing to play.”
Jackson, who recorded her second double-double of the season was 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Her previous high in rebounding was 10 against UTEP in the Paradise Jam.
“Chloe has been one of the players that we've looked to all season,” said Fargas. “She had a little spell there where she wasn't shooting the ball extremely well. But we never lost faith in the fact she can knock down shots for us. She took it upon herself, especially when Moncrief was in foul trouble, to really step up. That's what you have to do. When a teammate is struggling, somebody else needs to step in and pick up the weight. I thought that Chloe, not only her offensive execution, but the fact we had her rebounding the basketball, she had 14 rebounds tonight, that says a lot about her on both sides of the basketball.”
Freshman Ayana Mitchell scored 14 points off a 6-of-11 effort from the field. She hit two of her three free-throw attempts. Mitchell also registered seven rebounds, 2 blocked shots and two steals. Raigyne Moncrief rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points. Moncrief only played 26 minutes because of foul trouble, but she did manage to register three steals in the win. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year has recorded at least two steals in each of the last 18 games. She also led the Lady Tigers with a game-high four assists.
The Lady Tigers came out cold on offense to start the game, missing their first five shots and falling behind 9-0. LSU chipped away at the deficit and got seven points from Chloe Jackson, off three-straight buckets and a free-throw, and got as close as three points, 16-13, to close out the quarter. Moncrief had to head to the bench after picking up her second foul with 1:26 left in the quarter.
LSU was down by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, primarily because Moncrief was on the bench in foul trouble. She didn’t reenter the game until 3:35 left in the second period, and once she was back in the game, LSU made a late rally and utilized a 10-0 run to end the half. The Lady Tigers went into the locker room down by just one, 30-29. LSU outrebounded Ole Miss, 16-13, in the first half and shot just 36 percent (10-28) from the field. Ole Miss shot 48% (12-25) from the field and hit two treys.
LSU started the third quarter much like the first, missing its first four shots of the game before taking its first lead, 34-32, off a three-pointer by Alexis Hyder. It was just her fourth trey of the season. LSU didn’t look back at that point and outscored Ole Miss, 23-8, in the third and took a 52-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Moncrief picked up her fourth foul and had to remain on the bench to open the final period.
The Lady Tigers took a 58-43 lead before Moncrief entered the game at the media timeout with 4:25 left in the game. Jackson continued her offensive dominance, scoring LSU’s first six points of the quarter. LSU didn’t let up and pulled ahead by as much as 19 with just over a minute remaining in the game. Ole Miss hit its final shot, a three-pointer, with just 35 seconds left in the game as LSU rolled to the 65-49 victory and its sixth-straight win over Ole Miss in SEC Tournament games.
LSU ended the game with a 10-rebound advantage over Ole Miss, pulling down 38 rebounds, 24 of which were defensive boards. The Lady Tigers outscored Ole Miss 8-18 on second-chance shots. The Rebels did force LSU to turn the ball over 16 times and scored 18 points off the miscues, while the Lady Tigers scored just 11 points off 12 turnovers. It was only the seventh time this season that an opponent has scored more points off turnovers and the eighth time LSU has committed more turnovers in a game. It was certainly much better than the earlier game this season between the two squads, which saw a combined 47 turnovers.
The free-throw line was critical for LSU’s success as the Lady Tigers were 18-of-25 (72%) and Ole Miss was 8-of-18 (44%). Each of the 11 Lady Tigers on the bench saw action in tonight’s game, as Fargas emptied her bench in the final minute, and all but three players scored. Hyder had five points and eight rebounds, while Rina Hill added seven points and three assists. Tatum Neubert contributed three points, while Jasmine Rhodes and Shanice Norton each added two points.
Taylor Manuel led Ole Miss with 19 points. She also had six rebounds. Madinah Muhammad chipped in 12 points and Shandricka Sessom led the Rebels with eight rebounds.
NOTES & TRENDS
• Starters for LSU were Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder, Raigyne Moncrief & Jasmine Rhodes. That lineup is 6-6 this season.
• Chloe Jackson registered her second double-double of the season with 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. She has led LSU in scoring eight times this season. This is her 21st double figure scoring game this year, and her sixth 20-point game. This is only the second time this year that Jackson has registered 10-plus rebounds.
• Ayana Mitchell scored 14 points for her 13th double-figure scoring game this season.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 10 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 14 games. She has scored in double figures in 28 games this season; and in 65 career games.
• With the win, LSU is now 6-0 over Ole Miss in SEC Tournament games.
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