No. 24 Women's Hoops Fall To No. 15 Texas A&M
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 24 LSU women’s basketball team lost their quarterfinal matchup against the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies in the SEC Tournament by a score of 75-69 at Bridgestone Arena Friday.
The Lady Tigers fell to 19-9 with the loss while Texas A&M improved to 24-8.
Ayana Mitchell and Raigyne Louis tied for the LSU scoring lead with 17 points apiece. Mitchell added 11 rebounds and four steals while Louis added five rebounds and four assists. Chloe Jackson added 16 points with five rebounds and five assists.
LSU got off to a high-scoring start in the first quarter, falling just two points shy of its highest first-quarter scoring total of the season, but trailed Texas A&M 22-21 going into the second. Jaelyn Richard-Harris scored the first four points of the game for the Lady Tigers as eight different LSU players put points on the board in the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers dominated the Aggies in the second quarter, outscoring them 18-12, including a 10-0 run in which LSU held Texas A&M scoreless for just under six minutes. Texas A&M picked up a trio of late baskets to trim LSU’s lead to 39-34 heading into the half.
The Aggies opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run and built their lead to as many as nine points with three minutes remaining in the quarter before LSU began its comeback down the final stretch.
The Lady Tigers ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run capped off by a three-pointer from Louis before Mitchell tied the game at 56 apiece to open the fourth quarter.
The two sides traded scores back and forth over the next few minutes, with LSU leading 65-64 with just under four minutes left to play. Texas A&M closed the game out on an 11-4 run to give them the final 75-69 victory.
LSU forced 16 Texas A&M turnovers, scoring 17 points off of those turnovers. LSU out-rebounded the Aggies 39-38 and scored 30 points in the paint compared to A&M’s 28 points in the paint. The Lady Tigers had a 21-6 scoring advantage in second-chance points thanks to an 18-7 offensive rebounding advantage.
The Lady Tigers return to Baton Rouge to await an announcement on their placement into the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is set for Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
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