Pointer Leads Lady Tigers Past Little Rock, 60-45
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE - The LSU women’s basketball team defeated Little Rock on Sunday in the PMAC by a score of 60-45.
The Lady Tigers were coming off a big win against Florida State and improved to 4-1 on the season.
Khayla Pointer scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting. She added a team-high eight rebounds and five assists in the win.
“Khayla’s play today was really that of an elite guard,” LSU head coach Nikki Fargas said. “She really separated herself in being aggressive. I was equally impressed with her board play -- for her to lead us with eight rebounds.”
LSU forced 14 turnovers on Little Rock and gave up just 11.
“It was a game that we knew coming in we were facing a team that gets after it defensively and we wanted to make sure we had ball security,” Fargas said. “We talked about taking care of the basketball. For us to only have 11 turnovers on the night that was huge.”
The Lady Tigers were without leading scorer Ayana Mitchell in the second half, who had the wind knocked out of her on a play in the first half and sat out as a precaution. Rakell Spencer stepped up in her place scoring four points and grabbing eight boards.
“We went back with Rakell Spencer,” Fargas said. “Mitchell will be fine. She’ll be good to go. But Spencer had big time minutes for us and basically answered the call.”
“We missed Mitchell’s rebounding in the second half. We missed her point production. We just missed her presence. But I thought Rakell did a nice job of filling that gap in being productive and putting up stats along her line where she showed that she can be a great rebounder at the 4-spot as well. Her versatility to play away from the basket helped with our spacing too.”
LSU jumped out to an early 21-10 lead in the first quarter thanks to heavy pressure on defense and an improvement in perimeter shooting.
The Lady Tigers will host Kansas in the 2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the PMAC. Game time is set for 6 p.m. on the SEC Network.