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Lady Tigers Pull Away Late, Beat No. 21 Texas A&M

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Baton Rouge -- The LSU women’s basketball team defeated No. 21 Texas A&M by a score of 63-52 in front of a home crowd on Sunday.

The Lady Tigers bounced back from a loss to Georgia in their SEC opener and with the win, LSU improves to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. A&M is now 11-4 and 0-2 to start SEC play.

A 23-point fourth quarter put the Lady Tigers in the driver’s seat as the clock ran out. LSU went on a 12-0 run in the final three minutes of the game adding to their impressive second half performance.

“We kept telling them that we have to go get this,” said LSU coach Nikki Fargas. “We have to make sure that we leave it all on the line against a very good Texas A&M team.”

Khayla Pointer scored 22 points in the win, just one point shy of her career high.

LSU shot an astounding 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Tigers sealed the deal with free throws shooting five in a row late in the game to secure the win.

Ayana Mitchell posted her seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds while Jaelyn Richard-Harris knocked down 11 points.

“I can’t say enough about the play of our guards,” Fargas said.

LSU’s offense started off slow in the first half shooting just 25 percent from the field heading in to the break. LSU led 21-20 at halftime.

The Lady Tigers were able to make adjustments and shot 48 percent in the second half, forcing 10 turnovers and scoring 12 points off of those turnovers.

“We struggled and missed a lot of wide open shots in the first half,” Fargas said. “In the second half we settled in and we were able to make some of those threes. Khayla Pointer took it upon herself to play aggressive off the bounce and get herself to the free throw line.”

“I just thought we made a good adjustment coming in to the second half.”

Fargas said that LSU’s offensive execution and transition was a difference maker in the second half.

The Lady Tigers defense continued to showcase their dominance and forced a total 21 turnovers.

“I thought that our pressure defensively in turning them over – we wanted to be aggressive and not be passive with our approach,” Fargas said. “We wanted to extend our defense a little bit more.”

LSU won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding Texas A&M 38 to 34 which has proved to play a big factor in the Lady Tigers’ success this season.

The Lady Tigers were a force to be reckoned with on the glass coming up with big offensive rebounds late in the game.

“We had a very balanced attack tonight,” Fargas said.

Next up, LSU will face Ole Miss on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. in Oxford, Mississippi.

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