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Strong Second Half Leads Lady Tigers Past Cajuns

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LAFAYETTE, La. - The LSU women’s basketball team picked up its second-straight win after defeating UL Lafayette by a score of 76-54 on Thursday night.  

With the win, LSU stays undefeated against UL Lafayette since the two teams first met in the 1975-76 season.

The Lady Tigers improved to 7-3 on the season and UL Lafayette fell to 2-8.

Jailin Cherry led LSU with 15 points which is a new career high for the sophomore. She added three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Jailin Cherry came off the bench and gave us a lot of momentum on the defensive side while also scoring the basketball,” Fargas said.

“Everybody knows how hard Cherry was worked and what she is capable of doing. She showcased the potential that is there. Hopefully she will carry that with her and know how good she really can be.”

Five Lady Tigers scored in double digits against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Ayana Mitchell and Faustine Aifuwa each had 12 points while Shanice Norton and Mercedes Brooks added 10 points each.

A balanced attack from the Lady Tigers’ offense gave LSU the edge throughout the entire game. The Lady Tigers’ offensive production continues to improve as they scored over 75 points for the second straight game.

LSU shot 49.2 percent from the field, hitting 31 of 63. The Lady Tigers also made five shots from beyond the three-point arc. The Lady Tigers were aided by 26 points from the bench.

Fargas said the difference in the second half was making shots in the paint.

“I thought we missed too many layups in the first half,” Fargas said.

Jaelyn Richard-Harris was able to open up the game on the perimeter with three shots from beyond the arc. She finished with 9 points, three rebounds and three assists.

LSU used size to its advantage and out-rebounded UL Lafayette 42-25. Coming in to this game, the Lady Tigers led the SEC in keeping their opponents off of the scoreboard allowing an average of 51.1 points per game.

Fargas said the team goal is to keep opponents under 55 points per game which LSU was able to execute against UL Lafayette.

The Lady Tigers will return to the PMAC to face another in-state opponent, Southeastern Louisiana, on Thursday Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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