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Lady Tigers Finish Season in NCAA First Round

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 and sixth-seeded LSU women’s basketball team fell to the No. 11 seed Central Michigan Chippewas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by a score of 78-69 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers fell to 19-10 with the loss while Central Michigan improved to 29-4.

Chloe Jackson led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 24 points, adding three rebounds and three assists. Ayana Mitchell pitched in with 16 points and nine rebounds. Raigyne Louis added 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in her final game as a Lady Tiger.

The Lady Tigers kept things close against Central Michigan to open up the first few minutes of the first quarter, but an 11-2 run from the Chippewas propelled them to a 25-16 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Chippewas picked up the first basket of the second quarter and the Lady Tigers trailed by 12, but closed out the quarter on a 22-13 run to draw to within two points at halftime. Jackson scored 11 of the Lady Tigers’ 22 second quarter points and led all scorers with 15 total first-half points.

Louis scored the first points of the second half with a steal and a layup to tie the score at 40 points apiece before Central Michigan answered with a 19-9 run to build its lead back to double digits. The Chippewas’ steady offensive attack held the Lady Tigers at bay for the remainder of the game as Central Michigan led by no fewer than six points until the final buzzer, outscoring LSU 38-31 in the second half.

Central Michigan shot 50 percent from the field compared to LSU’s 41 percent from the field, but the difference maker was the Chippewas’ success from three-point range, going 7-for-19 from beyond the arc.

LSU did an excellent job maintaining possession and limiting mistakes, committing just two turnovers the entire game while forcing 12 Central Michigan turnovers and scoring 12 points off of those turnovers. LSU also scored 12 fast break points compared to zero points on the fast break from Central Michigan.

 

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