BATON ROUGE -- The LSU women's basketball team fell into a 13-0 hole at the start and finished short of a comeback in a 53-45 loss to Arkansas on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Razorbacks (16-4, 4-4 SEC) won in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1996 and snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Lady Tigers, who dropped to 14-8 overall and 4-4 in SEC play.
Katherine Graham accumulated nearly half of LSU's tally with a season-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting. LaSondra Barrett added seven points but was only 3-of-17 from the floor. Barrett reached the 1,000-point mark for her career, becoming the 29th player in school history to reach the milestone. She needed seven points coming into the contest.
"I want to apologize to every player who has ever put on a Lady Tiger uniform," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor. "Second of all, I want to apologize to every person who has ever bought a ticket or come to a Lady Tiger game. We have some unbelievable fans. It's been the most impressive thing since I've been here. I've let you down.
"When a team is not any more ready to play than we were tonight, it's nobody's fault but my own. I'm going to hold myself totally, 100 percent responsible. We couldn't execute. We didn't execute. When things are going our way, we have a nice, little team, but when things aren't going our way, we're going to struggle.
LSU missed its first 12 shots and went scoreless until Adrienne Webb made a jumper with 11:15 on the clock. By then the Lady Tigers were down 13-2, and the deficit grew to 20-4 following a Lyndsay Harris three-pointer with 6:56 left in the half. LSU went down 27-16 into the locker room.
The Lady Tigers got to within a point when Barrett buried a jumper in the lane for her 1,000th career point. LSU trailed 40-39 with 6:22 left in the game, but the Razorbacks went on a 6-0 run to take control of the game. Graham fouled out with 3:48 left and it proved to be costly.
C'eira Ricketts led Arkansas with 20 points. Sarah Watkins had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Razorbacks let LSU back into the game by shooting 28.0 percent for the contest and committing 16 turnovers.
LSU hosts No. 20 Georgia in the Pink Zone Game Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Baton Rouge at 4 p.m. CT Sunday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.