Lady Tigers Hand No. 15 Missouri First Home Loss
Communications Student Assistant
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The LSU women’s basketball team picked up its eighth-straight victory with a huge road win over the No. 15 Missouri Tigers 69-65 at the Mizzou Arena Thursday.
Thursday’s win marked LSU’s first win over a top-15 opponent since March of 2015 against No. 12 Texas A&M.
The Lady Tigers improved to 10-3 (2-0 SEC) with the win while Missouri fell to 13-2 (1-1 SEC).
Missouri held LSU scoreless over the first six minutes of the game, but the Lady Tigers only found themselves down 7-2 after their first points of the game thanks to strong defense early on. Freshman Khayla Pointer ended the first quarter with a huge three-point shot from the corner to cut Missouri’s lead to 11-7.
Two free throws from Mitchell and a quick transition layup from Louis tied the game at 11 apiece before a steal and score from Louis gave LSU its first lead of the game with six minutes left in the first half.
Pointer and fellow freshman Raven Farley combined to hit three consecutive three-pointers as LSU went on a 19-2 run while suffocating the Missouri offense and the Lady Tigers went into the half up 32-21.
Missouri made the necessary adjustments at halftime and scored 21 third-quarter points, doubling their scoring from the first two quarters combined, but LSU held on to the lead and maintained a seven-point advantage going into the fourth quarter up 49-42.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a quick 4-0 run in the first minute of the fourth quarter to increase their lead back to double digits, but Missouri countered with a couple of deep threes and slowly chipped away at LSU’s lead over the remainder of the fourth quarter.
However, tough defense and clutch free-throw shooting—both Mitchell and Jackson went a perfect 6-for-6 on the night from the line—kept the Lady Tigers on top as they handed No. 15 Missouri its first home loss of the season.
LSU continued its recent trend of hot three-point shooting, shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc compared to Missouri’s 27 percent from deep.
The Lady Tigers forced 16 Missouri turnovers and converted them to 18 points off of turnovers, while limiting their own mistakes over the course of the game.
Nikki Fargas and her squad will look to keep the winning streak going at home against No. 5 Mississippi State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.