FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- The LSU women’s basketball team rallied and held Arkansas without a bucket in the final five minutes of the game to defeat the Razorbacks, 53-52, here at Bud Walton Arena Sunday afternoon. With the win, LSU snapped a four-game losing streak to Arkansas.
LSU improved to 13-3 overall; 2-1 in the SEC with the victory while Arkansas fell to 11-5 overall; 0-3 in the league. LSU is now 30-16 over Arkansas in the series history and will see the Razorbacks again in three weeks as LSU hosts Arkansas at the PMAC on Jan. 29, in a game that will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
“What a game,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “Arkansas came out and executed their game plan and they were clicking on all cylinders. At the half, we needed to do a little soul searching and challenged the team not to give up. I like the fact that our team didn’t quit and continued to fight. The SEC is a tough conference and any time you can get a win on the road in this fashion, you take it and you learn from it and you move on.”
Chloe Jackson led the Lady Tigers with 22 points off 8-of-19 shooting from the field, which also included a 3-of-4 mark from three-point range. Jackson, who scored 34 points in the last game against Florida, has scored 20 or more points three times this season, and has led LSU in scoring six times. Jackson also had three steals and two rebounds. Ayana Mitchell, who led LSU with 11 rebounds, scored nine points and Shanice Norton had seven points. Mitchell has registered 10 or more rebounds three times this year.
Arkansas jumped out to an 8-2 lead before LSU went on a 7-3 run to cut the deficit to two points, 11-9. The Razorbacks then hit back-to-back 3-pointers and closed out the first quarter with a 19-11 lead. LSU outscored Arkansas, 11-10, in the second quarter after holding the Razorbacks to 33 percent shooting, and getting two treys from Shanice Norton and Chloe Jackson. Jackson led LSU at the half with seven points and Raigyne Moncrief had three of her six steals in the first quarter. The LSU backcourt found itself in foul trouble early as Jackson, Moncrief, Rina Hill and Shanice Norton all had two fouls apiece by midway through the second quarter.
Jackson opened the third quarter with her second three-pointer of the game and cut Arkansas’ lead to just four points, 29-25. The Razorbacks answered with two treys by Devin Cosper, pushing the lead back to 10 points, 36-26. With both teams picking up early fouls in the quarter, LSU was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line in the third period, while Arkansas was 8-of-12. Arkansas took a 45-37 lead into the final period and had Moncrief on the bench with four fouls. Both teams shot under 25 percent from the field as Arkansas outscored LSU, 16-15.
Rina Hill put LSU on the board first in the fourth quarter with a free throw and LSU ultimately used a 6-0 run to get within three points, 51-48, before calling a timeout. Chloe Jackson came up with a steal and the layup to give the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game, 52-51, with 8.2 seconds left in the game. Malica Monk hit a free throw for Arkansas to tie the game at 52 and LSU called a timeout with 2.7 seconds left. Alexis Hyder was fouled before LSU could toss the ball in and was sent to the line with the score tied, 52-52, with 2.7 seconds remaining in the game. She missed the first shot and hit the second for the 53-52 lead and eventual win. On the final possession of the game, Jackson deflected the ball and got a piece of Cosper’s three-point attempt.
LSU did a good job of limiting Jessica Jackson, who came into the game averaging 17.2 points per game, holding her to just six points. Cosper led Arkansas with 15 points and seven rebounds and had three of Arkansas’ five treys. Keiryn Swenson also scored in double figures with 10 points.
LSU forced Arkansas to turn the ball over 26 times and scored 18 points off those miscues. Arkansas outrebounded LSU, 39-43.
LSU will host its next three-straight SEC contests against Missouri (Jan. 12), #5 South Carolina (Jan. 15) and #24 Kentucky (Jan. 19). There are some great giveaways coming up including fanny packs for the Missouri game, floppy hats for the South Carolina meeting and Seimone Augustus bobbleheads for the Kentucky matchup, which is also designated as LSU’s “We Back Pat” game.
Missouri is 11-6 overall; 1-2 in the SEC after losing to Alabama on a 3-pointer at the buzzer in Columbia this afternoon.