BATON ROUGE – The No. 14 LSU women’s basketball team buried 13 three-pointers to establish a new program single game record, and Jeanne Kenney exploded for a career-high 30 points to fuel an 87-68 victory over Missouri Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
LSU’s (14-3, 3-1 SEC) previous three-point single game record was 12 treys versus Jackson State back on Feb. 9, 1995. The 87 points for the Lady Tigers also were a season-high, and it marked the seventh time that LSU has eclipsed the 80-point mark in 2013-14.
Missouri (13-5, 2-3 SEC) was dealt its second home loss over its last three outings after winning its first eight home decisions on the season. Bri Kulas garnered a career-best 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting. She registered six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“Missouri was very efficient during the first segment of the game,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “They set the tone and have a very potent offensive team. We really tried to mix up our defenses in the first half, and they answered each defensive call we made. In the second half, we adjusted. I thought our team didn’t miss their coverages as much. Our gameplan was to take away the three-ball and force them to shoot more twos. We were able to do so and get the win.”
For Kenney, the 30 points came on an efficient 7-of-10 clip from the floor. She knocked down a career-high tying six triples and was 10-of-12 at the foul line. The last time a LSU player amassed 30 points was Allison Hightower against Ole Miss on Feb. 7, 2010.
Theresa Plaisance tacked on 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals. The 15 points enabled Plaisance to become the 31st member of LSU’s 1,000 points club. It was her seventh straight performance in double figures.
Anne Pedersen provided a spark off the bench with a career-high 13 points. She made four of her six field goal attempts which included all three of her triples.
“Jeanne is somebody that has been in the gym, has put in the time and she did a nice job of establishing our perimeter game tonight,” Caldwell said. “I thought Theresa also stretched the defense and made some nice baskets. Anne did a really nice job and gave us a big boost off the bench. Everybody was doing their part, and we played like an unselfish team.”
DaShawn Harden, Shanece McKinney and Raigyne Moncrief provided six points apiece for the Lady Tigers. Rina Hill chipped in five points and three assists. All 10 players who saw action for LSU scored a basket and tallied an assist.
Missouri knocked down five of its first nine shots – all from beyond the three-point line – to build a 15-5 lead at the 15:22 mark of the opening half. Morgan Stock sank three of the five treys for Mizzou.
LSU found its rhythm and ripped off 18 of the next 24 points over the next 6:34 off the clock. The Lady Tigers took their first lead at 23-21 on a Harden trifecta with 8:22 remaining. Plaisance also added five points to ignite the spurt.
Missouri hung around on the strength of the three-ball and canned 10 of its 17 attempts during the opening half. Kulas led the charge and was a perfect 4-for-4 en route to 16 first-half points.
LSU took a 42-40 edge into the locker room and scored 16 of the game’s 18 bench points during the opening stanza. Kenney and Plaisance came away with 11 points apiece.
LSU’s defense seized the momentum in the second half and forced Missouri into an 8-for-28 shooting ratio. Mizzou also misfired on 10 of its 11 three-point attempts.
LSU led wire-to-wire during the second 20 minutes and stretched its lead to 60-51 after Kenney sank three free throws at the 12:59 mark. The Lady Tigers continued to build on their lead and put together 14 of the contest’s final 19 points over the last 5:25 to claim the 87-68 winning margin.
LSU ended up outscoring Missouri by a 45-28 tally in the second half. Pedersen picked up nine of her 13 points as LSU made 12-of-22 from the floor and 16-of-23 at the charity stripe.
LSU wraps up its lone two-game SEC road swing of the season Sunday against No. 24 Vanderbilt. Tip time is slated for 1 p.m. CT from Memorial Gym. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Network (FSN), SportSouth (SPSO) and www.WatchESPN.com.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, will call the action.
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