BATON ROUGE, La. --- The LSU women’s basketball team improved to 6-0 all-time against the TCU Horned Frogs, winning by a score of 67-61 behind Raigyne Moncrief’s season-high 22 points here in the 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge Sunday afternoon at the Maravich Center.
The Lady Tigers improved to 6-2 on the year with the win, while TCU fell to 5-2.
Moncrief also tallied season highs in assists and steals in leading the Lady Tigers with five each, and her 22 points were tied for the second-most of her career. Moncrief is the first Lady Tiger this season to score 20 or more points, and she has hit the 20-point milestone five times in her career. She also extended her double-digit scoring streak to six games, and has tallied 44 games of double figure scoring in her career.
LSU’s next leading scorer was Ayana Mitchell who totaled 11 points, followed by Alexis Hyder, who added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Shanice Norton, who also contributed 10 points. This was the second-straight game that LSU has had four Lady Tigers score in double figures.
The Lady Tigers came out hot in the first quarter, leading TCU by as many as 12 before a dominant second quarter from TCU’s leading scorer Jada Butts led to the Horned Frogs outscoring LSU 18-7 in the second quarter. TCU used a 16-3 run to take its first lead since early in the game, 29-25, with 1:44 left in the second period. LSU’s seven points were tied for its lowest second-quarter scoring output of the season.
Down 31-29 coming out of halftime, Moncrief and Norton got the LSU offense going again, scoring 15 of the team’s 17 third-quarter points to give the Lady Tigers a 46-43 advantage going into the fourth quarter. LSU ended the third quarter on a 13-2 run as TCU struggled to overcome the Lady Tigers’ pressing defense.
TCU rebounded from their scoring drought to start to the fourth quarter, however, outscoring LSU 12-4 to give the Horned Frogs a 55-50 lead with 5:23 left in the game. Moncrief and the Lady Tigers then exploded for 12 straight unanswered points over the course of the next several minutes to give LSU a seven-point lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Two three-point field goals from TCU’s AJ Alix, who was 4-of-9 on the deep ball and scored 16 points, kept the game close, but some clutch free throw shooting on late-game fouls from Hyder and Moncrief preserved LSU’s 67-61 victory.
The Lady Tigers had 14 steals in the game and took full advantage of TCU’s 22 turnovers, scoring 25 points off the Horned Frogs’ errors.
LSU also dominated in the paint, out-rebounding TCU, 37-27, including an 18-6 advantage on offensive boards which led to 21 second-chance points for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers will be at home for the next two contests against Tulane and Sam Houston State. LSU hosts Tulane next Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., and SHSU on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. That game is the annual Field Trip Game that is attended by thousands of elementary school children.
Notes and Trends:
• Starters for LSU were: Raigyne Moncrief, Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder and Ayana Mitchell.
• The Lady Tigers changed up the starting lineup for the first time this season. Rina Hill replaced Shanice Norton for today’s game. It was Hill’s first start of the season. She was the only Lady Tiger to start all 31 games last season but she missed the first three games this season with a hip injury. Hill has started 63 of her 101 career games in the Purple and Gold.
• Jenna Deemer did not dress out for today’s game because of an illness. Deemer missed 12 games at the end of last season because of the effects from the same illness.
• LSU is now 6-0 over the Horned Frogs, dating back to the start of the series in 1989-90.
• With win over TCU and the loss to Kansas State in the Paradise Jam, LSU is 37-13 against current members of the Big 12 Conference.
• Raigyne Moncrief extended her double-digit scoring streak to six games with 22 points today. Moncrief has scored in double figures in 44 of her 73 career games.
• Raigyne Moncrief is the first Lady Tiger to score 20 points this season. She has scored 20 or more points in five career games.
• LSU only took one three-point shot attempt today, which was the fewest for the Lady Tigers this season.
• LSU’s 10-rebound advantage over TCU was the most for LSU this season. The Lady Tigers have previously outrebounded two opponents (Rice, NC State) by eight boards.
LSU Head Coach Nikki Fargas
“We have to become a 40-minute team. Once we decided to lock in to our defensive scheme of trapping and really getting after it and bringing heat to the basketball, the interceptors were doing what they needed to do. We were stealing the ball. We were getting transition looks. We just played at a higher level of intensity in the second half. I thought the first quarter we came out well, but this is a 40-minute game. This group is very capable, but we also have to make sure that everybody that can play stays out of foul trouble. I think that puts us at a huge disadvantage when we have players in foul trouble. Today we had Ayana Mitchell in foul trouble as well as Alexis Hyder. Chloe (Jackson) picked up two quick fouls as well in the first half. Just playing disciplined basketball for 40 minutes is going to be key for us as we move forward.”
“In the second quarter we had good looks. We just didn’t knock down shots. We missed some layups. I think when you’re struggling offensively it affects you defensively. But when you turn up your defensive effort in the second half and you’re getting those layups, it helps you. I can recall just yelling at Raigyne (Moncrief), ‘Just go lay it up,’ because she was getting those deflections. She was very aggressive to the rim and that was there all night. Defensively, we changed up. We played some man, we played some zone and we trapped. I thought we rotated well. We bought in, and I think that was the difference. It started with Moncrief and it just filtered through the rest of our team. (Shanice) Norton got on board. Even when Jaelyn Richard-Harris got in the game, she was on board. Defensively as a group, I thought we played one of our better defensive halves.”
TCU Head Coach Raegan Pebley
“We’re so young, and we’re just going to keep growing and getting better and take advantage of every single one of these opportunities to see what we do well and what we need to get better at. I think LSU did a great job. Our back was against the wall a little bit, and they got a little more aggressive defensively, and we were a little too complacent.”
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