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Lady Tigers Win On The Road At Ole Miss

Hannah Martin
Hannah Martin
Communications Student Assistant

OXFORD, Miss. --- The LSU women’s basketball team picked up their second straight conference win after defeating Ole Miss by a score of 55-41 on Thursday night in Oxford, Miss. 

Coming off of a dominant win against nationally-ranked Texas A&M at home, the Lady Tigers improved to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Ole Miss falls to 6-11 and 0-3 in the SEC with the loss. 

“This is a young group,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “This is a young team and we’ve got a lot of growth still in front of us. This group found a way to come away with a road win in the SEC and that’s not always an easy thing to do.”

Ayana Mitchell led LSU with 16 points and four rebounds. Shanice Norton and Khayla Pointer also scored in double digits adding 11 and 10 points apiece. 

LSU’s best basketball came in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers went on 8-0 and 11-0 runs after a sluggish start on offense in the first quarter. LSU exploded for 22 points in the second quarter to take control of the game. 

Ayana Mitchell closed out the first half with a three-pointer to lift LSU to a 17-point lead. Continuing to prove to be one of the most dominant defenses in the conference, the Lady Tigers held Ole Miss to just 15 points in the first half. 

“We can count on our defense and board play,” Fargas said. “We kept Ole Miss way below their average.” 

LSU took a step back in the third quarter, scoring just five points but still holding on to an eight-point lead going in to the fourth quarter. Ole Miss scored the first six points of the quarter before the LSU could put one in the net.  

Mitchell opened the fourth quarter with a layup to put LSU back up by 10 points but then found herself in foul trouble. The Lady Tigers final 10 points of the game came off of free throws from Pointer, Jaelyn Richard-Harris and Faustine Aifuwa

Richard-Harris went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minutes of the game to seal the deal. 

The Lady Tigers dominated on the boards out-rebounding Ole Miss 34-24. Norton led the Lady Tigers with eight boards. 

LSU will return home to face South Carolina at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 13 in the PMAC.