BATON ROUGE - Ohio State guard Tayler Hill converted a layup with 37 seconds remaining to break a 53-53 tie and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes survived a late rally from the LSU women's basketball team to escape the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a 59-55 win on Wednesday night.
LSU (0-2) saw an eight-game home court winning streak against non-conference opponents come to an end. Ohio State (3-0) won for the first time in Baton Rouge after winless tries in 2006 and 1990. The Buckeyes were the highest ranked non-conference team to visit the Maravich Center since top-ranked Connecticut beat LSU on Feb. 25, 2008.
"I thought we did a great job of staying in there with a good team that played well and executed well," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor. "I thought we did some good things. I thought this was much better than last Sunday. I could live with this. I don't like to lose, but I could live with tremendous effort and young players playing well. Down the stretch we made some good plays. We just could not make enough of them."
OSU All-American center Jantel Lavender had a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 13 rebounds. She was one of four Buckeyes in double-figures on the night. Hill finished with 15 points, including what proved to be the game-winning bucket.
LSU sophomore guard Adrienne Webb picked up where she left off on Sunday, scoring a team-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half that rallied the Lady Tigers from an 11-point deficit with 9:38 to go in the game. Point guard Latear Eason reached double-figures for the second straight game with 12 points and five assists.
LSU trailed 45-38 with 9:38 left on the clock and that's when the Lady Tigers made their move. Courtney Jones knocked down back-to-back jumpers and freshman Jeanne Kenney, in her first career Maravich Center game, drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut the deficit to four.
Webb tied the contest at 50 apiece with a jumper off the glass at the 2:24 mark. LSU tied the contest for the first time since the 16:20 point in the first half.
With the crowd on its feet and Ohio State head coach Jim Foster about to call timeout, officials called a technical foul when LaSondra Barrett walked onto the floor from the scorer's table thinking a timeout was signaled by the officials. Prior to the ruling, Alison Jackson drained a jumper and officials concluded the basket was good.
Foster had briefly signaled timeout and his player dribbled toward the Ohio State bench before passing to a wide-open Jackson. Barrett was coming in on a substitution but officials ruled a technical foul for having six players on the floor in a controversial finish.
"It looked like to me that their coach pointed down, told the kid to come there and was going to call time out," Chancellor said. "I thought he tapped his shoulders very briefly. My kids thought that they were calling timeout, rushed off the floor and "Boogie" (LaSondra Barrett) rushed on the floor. We were all pumped up."
After the made technical free throw, Webb kept LSU hopes alive when she knocked down another trey to tie the game at 53 all with 52 seconds left. Hill's layup followed and Barrett missed the front end of a one-and-one at the free throw line after being fouled at the top of the key on LSU's next possession.
Brittany Johnson's free throws locked up the game for Ohio State, who outrebounded LSU, 59-55.
LSU forced 15 turnovers and held one of the nation's elite teams to 59 points. The Lady Tigers shot 33.3 percent for the game while the Buckeyes finished at 38.2 percent.
The Lady Tigers seek their first win of the season at 3 p.m. CT Friday when they take on Massachusetts in the first game of the Seton Hall Classic in South Orange, N.J. LSU then faces Seton Hall at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in its third game in four days.
LSU vs. Ohio State
Nov 17, 2010
Head Coach Van Chancellor Quotes
"I thought we did a great job of staying in there with a good team that played well and executed well. I was disappointed because your not given many opportunities to beat a seventh ranked team and having them on the ropes. I thought we did some good things. I thought this was much better than last Sunday. I could live with this. I don't like to lose, but I could live with tremendous effort and young players playing well. Down the stretch we made some good plays. We just could not make enough of them."
On lack of production down low...
"I don't want to name any names, but I think that we need to get some low block presses from somebody. That is why we are not consistent. Everyone is out there playing on the perimeter."
On feelings after the game...
"I'm optimistic offensively. I'm really disappointed that in the last six minutes we missed some easy defensive assignments that I thought could give us a shot to win. The things that I called at the end of time outs I could not get them to execute."
On the technical foul for six players on the court at the end of the second half...
"This is what I saw. There is no excuse for what we did. It looked like to me that their coach pointed down, told the kid to come there and was going to call time out. I thought he tapped his shoulders very briefly. My kids thought that they were calling timeout, rushed off the floor and Boogie (LaSondra Barrett) rushed on the floor. We were all pumped up. We should have waited on the whistle. We left the player wide open. In the South Eastern Conference the officials have all the power and you just have to take what they tell you."
LSU PLAYER QUOTES
Guard Adrienne Webb
On getting hot in the second half...
"My 15-footers were falling, so instead of taking all of those threes, I decided to drive it to the basket and try to get a pull-up jumper."
On the technical foul late in the game...
"I guess we all were a little excited. We saw the coach was motioning for a timeout, and we saw the point guard heading over to the bench, and instead of waiting until the whistle blew, we started celebrating a little early. Our sub who was coming in off the bench started coming on the court because she thought the referee had already called a timeout, but we got the technical for coming onto the court.
On if the team 'ran out of gas' late in the game...
"The mental breakdowns early kind of affected our play, too. We can't just come out and play toward the end. We have to play the whole game, come out ready to play and not have so many mental breakdowns."
Guard Latear Eason
On the technical foul late in the game...
"It was just a lack of discipline. We needed to hold our emotions until the referee did call the timeout. It was just a big mistake on the entire team. It was a team mistake."
On if the technical changed the momentum in the game...
"Overall, we had a lot of mistakes throughout the whole game, so I wouldn't just point that mistake out. It was a team loss, and we all had mistakes throughout the game."
On if the team 'ran out of gas' late in the game...
"I just believe we have to learn how to win at the end. We need to learn how to execute. When it's a tight game, we just need to learn how to close it out."
OHIO STATE HEAD COACH JIM FOSTER
On getting a big win on the road ...
"I think we did the stuff you have to do at the end of games. We are down to a short roster, but we will get (Samantha) Prahalis back and two of our injured players return to practice next week, so we are going to get deeper. We had kids that knew they would have to be out there 36-40 minutes, and at the end they did the things you need to do to win games. You have to make some shots and make some plays, and then you have to limit the other team and get rebounds. I thought we did a very good job of that."
On the technical foul on LSU late in the game ...
"I don't know. The only thing I can think of is at this time of year you haven't played many games. Our first game, I had some freshmen that are high energy and nervous type of kids, and I told the coaches when they go into the game to make sure that they go to the scorer's table. At this time of year, for four or five weeks we are practicing and we are just subbing on the run. Kids are running in and out and there is no scorer's table. I think maybe people just drifted on the court and someone messed up. I think they had six players on the court from what I could see, but I will have to look at it with film. I am guessing that is what took place."
On what he has learned about his team ...
"Well we know that we have two really good guards that can penetrate and create for our older players. We know that (Samantha Prahalis) is a gifted player in the open floor. Tayler (Hill) and Jantel Lavender are the recipients of a lot of that. They will get some easier baskets because Prahalis is on the floor. It just makes us deeper. We have gotten deeper as a result of this, injuries and sickness is all a part of college life, and we are glad to get it all back together."
On if he is relieved to be 3-0 with all the injuries ...
"I don't know if it is relief because we are 3-0. If we were 1-2 it would be a sense of something else, I don't know what, but we are 3-0.We are going to get better, but we are not a bad team as we are. We are just going to get depth. Tayler (Hill) now knows she can run the point. She just against a very well coached defensive basketball team and she played 40 minutes and only had one turnover. That's something to put in your basketball resume."