Lady Tigers End Arkansas' Eight-Game Streak, 50-42
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Another stellar defensive effort and a 9-0 run late in the second half lifted the LSU women's basketball team to its fourth straight Southeastern Conference win and snapped Arkansas' eight-game win streak by a score of 50-42 on Thursday night in Bud Walton Arena.
LaSondra Barrett scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Barrett made her 106th career start, moving her into the LSU top 10 for career starts. Adrienne Webb finished with 10 points, while Courtney Jones and Theresa Plaisance came off the bench for seven points apiece.
The Lady Tigers (18-8, 8-5 SEC) held their third consecutive opponent under 50 points and moved into a fourth-place tie in the league standings with South Carolina and Arkansas. LSU avenged an earlier 20-point loss to the Razorbacks in Baton Rouge on Jan. 22.
Arkansas (19-6, 8-5) fell to 15-2 at home this season and saw a five-game winning streak in Bud Walton Arena come to an end.
"We told this team that we have to play with a heart of a champion and it starts with our defense and our board play," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "They believed in the game plan and most importantly, they believed in each other. This is a different Lady Tiger team than the first time and they showed it tonight. We got great minutes from everybody who came off the bench and everyone contributed."
A low scoring first half saw LSU take an 18-16 lead into halftime, but Lyndsay Harris scored four straight points early in the second half to give the Razorbacks their largest lead, 25-22 with 16:31 remaining in the game. Jeanne Kenney then went down to a right knee injury at the 13:40 mark and did not return. She is listed day-to-day.
Bianca Lutley responded in Kenney's absence as the Lady Tigers went on a 9-0 run to jump ahead 31-25. Barrett buried a three from the top of the key and Webb converted a backdoor layup. After C'eira Ricketts three broke the spurt, Lutley nailed a 30-foot three with the shot clock winding down. Lutley then found Jones in stride on a perfect pass for layup that gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good, 38-34.
Plaisance got into the scoring action with a three from the left wing and Webb buried a three of her own from the right corner that made it 47-38 with 1:12 remaining. Like she has in the past three games, Barrett put the finishing touches on the win at the line and accounted for LSU's final two points.
The Lady Tigers connected for four threes in the final 12 minutes and shot an outstanding 64.7 percent in the second half. LSU held Arkansas to 30.4 percent from the floor for the game and out-rebounded the Razorbacks, 36-21.
Ricketts led Arkansas with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting. Sarah Watkins, who came into the contest averaging 11.0 points, shot just 1-of-10 from the floor and scored four points.
The Lady Tigers host Auburn in the Pink Game at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Maravich Center. General admission tickets are only $1 and available at www.LSUtix.net. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and help LSU recognize breast cancer awareness.