BATON ROUGE, La. --- Head Coach Nikki Fargas notched her 100th win on the LSU sideline with a 69-51 win over in-state rival Tulane here at the Maravich Center Sunday afternoon. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak to the Green Wave at the PMAC.
The Lady Tigers improve to 7-2 on the season with the victory, while Tulane falls to 5-4.
Raigyne Moncrief and Shanice Norton led the Lady Tigers with 12 points apiece. Moncrief also had a team-leading five steals, while also logging four rebounds and three assists. Norton, who was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, also posted four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Ayana Mitchell also scored in double figures with 10 points. She tallied three steals and four rebounds.
Alexis Hyder led the Lady Tigers with six rebounds, while also grabbing four steals and contributing nine points. LSU logged a season-best 21 steals in the win, and every player that saw at least five minutes of action on the court recorded at least one steal.
The Lady Tigers trailed 3-2 to begin the game, but took the lead on a Jasmine Rhodes layup with 5:51 left in the first quarter and never looked back. LSU led by as many as 25 points early in the fourth quarter.
LSU can credit this dominant performance to their stifling play on the defensive side of the ball. LSU forced the Green Wave into committing 30 turnovers, and were able to capitalize by scoring 37 of their 69 total points from those miscues. The last time that LSU forced 30 turnovers was against Auburn last season.
The Lady Tigers were able to take a commanding lead in the second quarter by holding Tulane to 25 percent shooting from the field. The Green Wave accounted for just eight points in the second quarter while the Lady Tigers totaled 15 points, as LSU went into the lockerroom with a 31-18 advantage at the half. LSU tacked on 21 in the third quarter after shooting 53 percent (9-of-17) from the field. The Green Wave outscored LSU, 21-17, in the final period, but the 22-point deficit going into the fourth quarter was too much to overcome.
LSU’s bench more than doubled the scoring of Tulane’s at 28-13, and the Lady Tigers also tripled the number of free throws attempted by the Green Wave. LSU was 21-of-30 from the line, and Tulane was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Tulane did come out on top on the boards, 39-33, with 23 of those rebounds being on the defensive side. Kolby Morgan, who came into the game averaging 18 points per contest, was held to just 11 points. She was the only Tulane player in double figures.
The Lady Tigers will play three of their next four games at home to close out the month of December and the non-conference schedule. LSU will welcome thousands of elementary school children to the PMAC for the annual “Field Trip” game on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., when Sam Houston State travels to Baton Rouge. The Lady Tigers will make their only trip of the month when they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to face North Carolina on Dec. 18. The final two games will bookend the Christmas break when LSU hosts Little Rock on Dec. 21 and Alabama State on Dec. 28.
NOTES & TRENDS
• The win over the Tulane Green Wave snapped a three-game losing streak to Tulane at the PMAC. LSU now owns the 30-8 series advantage. LSU is now 9-2 over Tulane in games played in December.
• LSU is also 16-4 over Tulane in games played in Baton Rouge.
• With the win today, head coach Nikki Fargas has won her 100th game on the LSU sideline. For her career, she has won 172 games. She is 100-73 in six seasons at LSU and 172-99 in nine total seasons.
• Tatum Neubert, who transferred from Oregon and sat out the 2015-16 season, came into the game in the first quarter for her debut in the Purple and Gold. Neubert suffered a knee injury that required surgery over the summer and had been working through her rehab with the athletic training staff. Neubert played 23 games for Oregon during the 2014-15 season, and her last game action was on Feb. 26, 2015 against California. She scored six points in her debut at LSU.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 12 points today to extend her double-digit scoring streak to seven games.
• With the win, the Lady Tigers are 54-24 against current members of the American Athletic Conference, which includes the loss to UConn last month.
• The victory today gives LSU a 206-46 record over teams in Louisiana, which also includes the season opening win over Louisiana Tech.
LSU Head Coach Nikki Fargas
“Today, we really wanted to set the tone with our defense. I thought the first five minutes of the game were very critical. Defensively, we were concerned with their spread offense against our matchup defense. I thought we moved quickly and tried to cover a lot of ground. We adjusted in the second half and we were really able to disrupt a good team. They (Tulane) have had a tough stretch thus far playing on the road, at Vanderbilt, at UTSA, and here at LSU. You can’t take these games for granted. Tulane has always been one of those teams that is well coached. I’m just very thrilled that defensively we brought the effort and intensity that we needed to come away with the victory.”
“We had a lot of up tempo play for the first few minutes of the 4th quarter. When we sub and come back with some of our starters we have to keep that level of intensity whether we’re up 20 or down two. We still have to play with that intensity. I thought our intensity dropped in the 4th quarter.”
“Before the game, we talked about being a giver. You’ll either be a giver or you will be a taker. People gave on so many levels tonight whether it was passing the ball to get a good look or getting an offensive rebound to give the team another possession. I just want to highlight the play of Jasmine Rhodes. She’s been so solid for us playing out of position and coming in as a post sub. She has just really bought into her game. She’ll take it to the rim, she’ll stretch the defense, she can knock down the 10-15 foot jump shot. Also, the bench play of Shanice Norton was great. If your starters can get you off to a great start and your bench players can come in and give you another great start, that’s how you build your leads.”
Tulane Head Coach Lisa Stockton
“I think LSU did a tremendous job defensively. They created a lot of offense with their defense. They were tremendously aggressive rebounding in the first half having 11 offensive rebounds. I thought we did a little bit better in the second half. Their defense is really aggressive and that set the tone.”
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