Lady Tigers Fall at Home to Kansas, 68-61
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE - The LSU women’s basketball team fell to undefeated Kansas, 68-61, Thursday night in the PMAC in the 2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The Lady Tigers, coming off a 60-45 win against Little Rock, clawed their way back late in the game after being down by as many as 22 points in the second quarter. However, the comeback attempt fell short as time ran out.
“Kansas stuck to their game plan and they executed it perfectly in the very first quarter,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas.
Kansas jumped out to a 8-2 lead after LSU won the tip and continued to build on its lead taking advantage of its success on the perimeter, shooting 12-for-21 beyond the arc.
“When you play a team like Kansas, the first five minutes of the game you have to be locked in to the three ball,” Fargas said.
Ayana Mitchell recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Her 24 points is a season high. Shanice Norton added nine points while Jaelyn Richard-Harris and Faustine Aifuwa dropped six points each. Aifuwa grabbed eight rebounds and posted two blocks in the effort.
The Lady Tigers were able to outrebound Kansas 40-30, but struggled with ball security leading to Kansas’s 26 points off of turnovers.
“That’s a goal we have is that we want to have anywhere from 14 or less turnovers,” Fargas said. “The problem with our turnovers tonight, our turnovers led to points. We gave them over 20 points off of just our turnovers. So, we take care of the basketball or you cut that number in half and it’s a different ball game. Our ball security was not there and they capitalized off of our turnovers. They took what we like to do which is turn people over and they did that to us.”
After the half, LSU took the floor and put together a 19-point third quarter to cut Kansas’s lead to nine. With 10 seconds left, Karli Seay hit two free throws to pull LSU within six points but the Lady Tigers ultimately fell by seven. Seay went 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
“I’m disappointed in the opportunity to come out and play a very good Kansas team and showcase the growth of this group,” Fargas said.
LSU will return to the PMAC for the Field Trip Game against McNeese State on Tuesday, Dec. 11 with tip off set for 11 a.m.