LSU's Ayana Mitchell
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Mitchell Posts 3rd Double-Double In Loss To Tulane

Hannah Martin
Hannah Martin
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE - The LSU women’s basketball team lost its first game of the season in a heartbreaking fashion to Tulane, 54-56, Thursday night in the PMAC.

The Lady Tigers closed out its mini three-game homestand and fell to 2-1 on the season.

“A lot of credit to Tulane,” said head coach Nikki Fargas. “They stuck to their game plan of taking care of the basketball.”

Ayana Mitchell notched her third double-double of the season with 19 points and 18 rebounds while Jailin Cherry scored a career-high 12 points in the effort.

Khayla Pointer and Mercedes Brooks added 7 and 6 points, respectively.

LSU kept a slim lead in the first half, but Tulane pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Tigers 16-7.

The Lady Tigers put together a good fight at the end but were unsuccessful. LSU tried to claw its way back with an 18-point fourth period.

With 13 seconds left, Cherry missed a three-point shot that would have tied the game at 55-55. Mitchell kept the teams hopes alive with a layup pulling LSU within one point, but the clock expired before the Lady Tigers could take the lead.

“Offensively, we have got to improve in a lot of areas,” Fargas said. “Our inability to score from the perimeter -- what teams are starting to do is they’re starting to pack it in on us. Any time that you play a zone, we all know that you have to have somebody in there that can knock down shots to open that paint up a little bit more. The other area we’ve been talking about and stressing about is the free throw line. When you have an opportunity to put easy points on the board from the free throw line, you’ve got to be able to do that.”

LSU was able to win the rebound game with 39 boards to Tulane’s 27, but defensively, the Lady Tigers struggled to apply pressure only forcing 11 turnovers.

“When you look at the inability for us to turn them over, they obviously took a page from their previous game and they were being very secure with the basketball,” Fargas said.

The Lady Tigers will look to bounce back against Florida State on the road on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

“We’ve got to take from our previous game and get better,” Fargas said. “This is an opportunity for us to dial in and understand the level of play that is expected from everybody. We’ve got players who are capable. We’ve got to become more efficient.”

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