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Pointer Leads Lady Tigers to Win Over McNeese

Hannah Martin
Hannah Martin
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE - After a short hiatus, the LSU women’s basketball team returned to the PMAC and defeated McNeese, 86-36, on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers’ 86 points are a season high and the team improved to 5-2 on the season. LSU put on a show from the tip for the over 5,000 elementary and middle schools students that attended the annual Field Trip Game.

“The pace was in our favor,” said LSU coach Nikki Fargas. “I liked what we were doing as far as pushing tempo. I liked that we were able to establish our running game and that was one of the first things we talked about in our pre-game talk.”

Every Lady Tiger scored in the win and five players scored in double digits: Khayla Pointer, Mercedes Brooks and Jaelyn Richard-Harris with 12; Ayana Mitchell with 14 and Faustine Aifuwa with 10.

Pointer and Aifuwa each put up a double-double and Brooks scored a career high.

“That was key,” Fargas said of Pointer’s 12 assists.

The Lady Tigers controlled the pace of the game from the beginning, jumping out to a 15-2 lead.

Along with a hot start on offense, LSU was applying pressure on the defensive side early. The Lady Tigers forced 36 turnovers and the 25 steals are tied for the second-most ever in school history.

“The defense intensity was there,” Fargas said.

The third quarter was the game changer for the Lady Tigers as they went on a 28-0 run to put themselves in the driver’s seat.

“We came out of the half wanting to put a lot of emphasis on taking care of the basketball,” Fargas said. “I like the fact that in the third quarter we got a lot of good looks.”

LSU led by as much as 51 points in the fourth quarter before ultimately defeating McNeese by 50. It is the 21st game in program history that LSU has outscored an opponent by 50 or more points with the last time occurring almost two years ago against Alabama State (93-40, +53, Dec. 28, 2016).

The Lady Tigers were able to get some help from the bench with 32 points – something Fargas has emphasized as the team moves closer to conference play. 

“Any time you can have your bench give quality minutes, that’s always going to be a positive,” Fargas said.

Next up, LSU will face Rutgers on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tipoff on the Big Ten Network is set for 3 p.m.



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