Lady Tigers Fall to Alabama on the Road
Communications Student Assistant
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The LSU women’s basketball team dropped its second-straight game on the road by a score of 65-51 against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Coleman Coliseum Thursday.
The Lady Tigers fell to 10-5 (2-2 SEC) with the loss while Alabama improved to 13-4 (3-1 SEC).
Raigyne Louis led all scorers with 15 points and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Chloe Jackson followed with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and a career-high six steals. Jaelyn-Richard Harris added a season-high 10 points, going 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
Alabama jumped out to an early 13-3 lead over the first five minutes of the first quarter, but the Lady Tigers spent the rest of the quarter narrowing the Crimson Tide’s lead to three behind an aggressive series of fast breaks from Louis and Jackson.
Louis scored five points to open the second quarter, giving LSU a two-point lead. Jaelyn Richard-Harris scored the Lady Tigers’ next eight points, including two three-pointers, as LSU led for most of the second quarter and went into halftime with a 31-28 advantage over the Crimson Tide.
Coming out after halftime, LSU’s lead climbed to as many as seven points before Alabama began to chip away and, thanks to an 8-0 run, regained the lead and ended the third quarter with a three-pointer to give them a 48-45 lead over LSU.
In the final quarter, the Lady Tigers struggled to get anything going offensively, making only two shots from the field as Alabama ended the final four minutes of the game on a 13-0 run to seal the game.
LSU was able to take advantage of several fast break opportunities, outscoring Alabama 15-4 on fast break points, and played aggressive defense by forcing 18 turnovers and scoring 21 points off of turnovers.
LSU also made the most out of its offensive rebounding, outscoring Alabama 9-6 on second-chance points, but Alabama won the overall rebounding battle and outscored LSU in the paint while also converting on 71 percent of its free throws to maintain the second-half lead.
The Lady Tigers stay on the road with a game at Florida on Sunday, Jan. 14 in Gainesville.
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