Lady Tigers Close Non-Conference Play 9-3 With Big Win
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 78-49 win against USF on Sunday in the PMAC.
“It was a statement game,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “Our team came very prepared and ready to play. We played with high energy and it started on the defensive end. Our ability to run the basketball in transition was key for us.”
“It was a team effort and we got a lot of positive things from everyone who touched the floor.”
LSU improved to 9-3 with the win while USF fell to 9-5.
The Lady Tigers began the game on a 21-0 run keeping the Bulls scoreless for the first six minutes after tip-off.
LSU’s defense set the tone early in the game and forced 17 turnovers on USF in the first half alone. The Lady Tigers scored 28 points off of 27 forced turnovers.
“We knew if we really amped up our defense that was going to give us a chance to disrupt a very good offensive team,” Fargas said.
Khayla Pointer led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 18 points and added five rebounds and three assists.
Faustine Aifuwa recorded a career-high 15 points and added seven rebounds.
“I liked the hustle of our team tonight,” Fargas said. “They took to the game plan, but we said, ‘We can give you what we need to run but you have to be the ones who put the heart and the passion in to it.’ I thought as a competitor today, they exemplified that.”
The Lady Tigers closed out the first half on a 15-2 run to give them a comfortable lead going in to the break. LSU held USF to 16 points in the first half and never let up as the the Lady Tigers’ largest lead of the night was 37 which came in the third quarter, 68-31.
“We took care of the basketball,” Fargas said. “We didn’t have too many empty possessions there. We played like a team that was on a mission. We got quality play from our inside and our outside. We want a balanced attack and we had that today.”
LSU opens up conference on the road against Georgia in the Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday, Jan. 3 with tip-off set for 6 p.m.