LaSondra Barrett and the LSU women bounced back from their first loss of the season Monday with the intensity that first-year head coach Nikki Caldwell demanded.
Barrett scored 14 points and all 11 Lady Tigers in uniform hit from the field as No. 20-ranked LSU overwhelmed winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-28 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
"It was just all about giving effort," said Barrett, who hit 5-of-6 floor shots, made 4-of-5 free throws and grabbed 7 rebounds. "On paper, we outmatched this team, but as far as intensity and the intangibles, that's what we needed to work on, and I think we did that."
Adrienne Webb added 12 points and Theresa Plaisance scored 11 for LSU (3-1), which lost for the first time under Caldwell in overtime Saturday night at Tulane.
LSU held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to only 3-of-19 shooting in the opening 20 minutes and the Lady Tigers led 47-8 at halftime, setting a program record for the fewest points allowed in a half.
"I'm pleased with this group to be able to come back from the other night," Caldwell said. "A disappointing loss, but they came back focused (at practice) on Sunday and executed our game plan (Monday)."
Lakendra Marsh scored 13 points for the Golden Lions (0-4), who turned the ball over 35 times and shot 21.3 percent (10 of 47).
Jeanne Kenney had 5 steals for LSU.
The game was competitive for only the first 5 minutes, with Markita Quarles' jumper pulling the Golden Lions to 5-4. LSU then outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42-4 during the next 14:29, a spurt that began when Kenney's 3-pointer ignited a 27-2 run.
With the big early lead, Caldwell was able to mix and match personnel, and every player had scored by halftime.
"We got a lot of great minutes for a lot of great people. We were able to go deep into our bench and our bench responded," Caldwell said. "It's early and we're going to continue to grow and learn, but the most important part of all of this is they understand we've got to play LSU basketball."
LSU shot 47.1 percent (32 of 68) for the game and outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 52-29. The Lady Tigers also combined for 23 assists, a statistic that Caldwell highlighted after the game.
"When you can put up over 20 assists, or 23 assists in a game, obviously you're getting great looks," Caldwell said.
The Lady Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Northwestern (3-0) visits the PMAC.
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