Norton Earns First Double-Double in 72-52 Win
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday evening in the PMAC by a score of 72-52.
The Lady Tigers were coming off a brief break from the holidays and recorded their third straight win. LSU improved to 8-3 on the season while Southeastern fell to 5-6.
Ayana Mitchell led LSU with 16 points while grabbing five rebounds. Mercedes Brooks added 14 points, Faustine Aifuwa scored 11 points and Shanice Norton also scored in double-digits with 10. Brooks’ 14 points were a career high at LSU and she shot 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line.
“Off the bench, the play of Brooks was key,” Fargas said. “I thought she was really solid for us on both sides of the basketball.”
Jaelyn Richard-Harris was able to contribute in opening the floor with eight points and two three-pointers.
LSU’s lone senior, Norton, played in the 100th game of her career while wearing the SEC graduate patch on her uniform for the first time.
Norton recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
“Shanice did a lot of good things for us in her hustle,” Fargas said.
The Lady Tigers went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to close out the first half leading 37-21 after a slow start on the offensive side of the ball for LSU.
LSU continued to dominate in the second half extending the lead to 31 on a 17-2 run in the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers outrebounded the Lady Lions 46-26 -- something they have been successful at all season long. LSU also scored nine points off of turnovers in the third quarter alone attesting to the Lady Tigers defense.
“We’re going to see teams that aren’t going to guard us. They’re going to make us beat them from the perimeter and pack it in our post game,” Fargas said.
The Lady Tigers will close out non-conference play on Sunday, Dec. 30 against USF with tip-off set for 3 p.m. in the PMAC.