STARKVILLE, Miss. --- The LSU women’s basketball team snapped its seven-game winning streak with a 74-48 loss to No. 5 Mississippi State here in front of a crowd of 5,849 fans at Humphrey Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers fell to 11-3 on the year and 0-1 in the SEC, while Mississippi State remained the only unbeaten SEC team with a 15-0 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the league. This is the second-consecutive season that LSU has dropped its conference opener. The loss also snaps LSU’s four-game winning streak in Starkville.
“Mississippi State did an excellent job of executing their game plan,” said head coach Nikki Fargas. “They were able to go to their go-to player early with (Victoria) Vivians and she really set the tone for them. From there, we were just playing from behind and playing catch up.”
Chloe Jackson led LSU’s offense with 14 points off 7-of-15 shooting from the field. She and Alexis Hyder led LSU’s efforts on the boards with five rebounds apiece. Jackson has scored in double figures in the last five-straight games and has led LSU in scoring four times this season. Raigyne Moncrief extended her double-digit scoring streak to 12 games with 12 points. She also had four rebounds and tied for the team lead in steals with three. Rina Hill, who scored nine points, also had three steals.
Mississippi State held LSU to just 34 percent (18-53) shooting from the field, the lowest output for the Lady Tigers this season. On the flip side, the Bulldogs hit 57 percent (28-49) of their shots from the field. MSU also outrebounded LSU, 36-28.
Victoria Vivians led the Bulldogs with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. She also had three steals and was 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Chinwe Okorie also scored in double figures for MSU with 17 points off 8 of 10 shooting from the field.
Jackson put LSU on the board first with a bucket at the 8:33 mark and the game was tied 6-6 before MSU used a 6-0 run to jump to the 12-6 lead with 2:53 left in the first quarter and ultimately led, 19-10, at the end of the period after holding LSU to 28 percent shooting (5-18) from the field. MSU was 7-of-13 (54 percent) from the field in the first quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tigers, 18-9 in the second quarter to take a comfortable, 37-19, lead into the locker room at the half. Jackson was LSU’s leading scorer in the first half with eight points. By the half, MSU’s Vivians had 16 points and eight rebounds.
After opening SEC action on the road, the Lady Tigers will play four of their next five league contests at the PMAC. LSU will face Florida in its SEC home opener on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m., for the Gold Game. The first 1000 fans will receive a gold t-shirt. The Lady Tigers then travel to Arkansas for a Jan. 8 meeting before hosting Missouri (Jan. 12), South Carolina (Jan. 15) and Kentucky (Jan. 19).
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NOTES & TRENDS
• Starters for LSU were Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder, Raigyne Moncrief & Ayana Mitchell. This starting lineup is 6-1 so far this season.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 12 points and extended her double-digit scoring streak to 12 games.
• With the loss, LSU is now 47-8 over MSU in the series history. LSU is now 19-6 in games played in Starkville, snapping a four-game winning streak. Prior to today, MSU’s last win in Starkville was on Feb. 8, 2009 - a 65-55 victory.