A 26-0 run stretching from one half to the other was the spark the LSU women needed Sunday as the Lady Tigers dominated Lamar and won their fourth consecutive game, 77-35 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Every LSU player accounted for a field goal, led by a game-high 15 points from Adrienne Webb, who finished 3-of-7 from 3-point range. Junior guard Bianca Lutley came off the bench for a season-high 11 points and a career-best 7 rebounds and 7 assists. LaSondra Barrett added 9 points and 6 assists on 4-of-5 shooting.
“The lineup we had out there played very aggressively and they played like a unit,” LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “Bianca Lutley played really well in that stretch. She’s a player who calms us, but she also distributes the basketball very well and she did that for us (Sunday). I also look at LaSondra Barrett’s play where she had 6 assists. She got her teammates involved and to me that is a great attribute for a player to have.”
Four Lady Tigers registered at least three assists as LSU (7-3) finished with a season-best 27 assists and 33 field goals. The 27 assists were the most in a game by the Lady Tigers since producing the same number against Centenary on Nov. 15, 2009.
LSU shot 55% from the floor, its fourth straight game of 49% or better. The Lady Tigers buried a season-high 9-of-20 from 3-point land.
“We took a lot of shots from 3 (Sunday), but they all seemed to come off good passes,” Caldwell said. “There was a lot of unselfish play. When you start shooting well, it can be contagious. When you’re shooting 45% from behind the 3-point line that is a great percentage.”
The Lady Tigers came into Sunday’s game boasting the SEC’s top field-goal percentage defense and one of the top-10 scoring defenses nationally. Lamar became the latest victim of the Lady Tigers’ pressure defense, finishing at 25.6% for the game and committing 30 turnovers that led to 31 LSU points.
The Lady Cardinals (5-6) held a 14-13 lead following Shauna Long’s 3 at the 10:03 point of the first half. That was Lamar’s final field goal of the half as LSU took complete control of the game with a 24-0 spurt in the final 9 minutes. Swayze Black ignited the run with a pair of steals, and the Lady Tigers scored seven points in a span of 30 seconds when Barrett fired in a 3 and Webb converted two jumpers in transition off turnovers.
Lutley buried a 3 and Taylor Turnbow and Courtney Jones provided a pair of paint buckets. Sheila Boykin’s layup with 33 seconds culminated a dominant first half in which LSU carried a 37-14 lead into the locker room. Jones accounted for the final field goal of the 26-0 run to start the second half.
The Lady Tigers connected for six 3 in the second half as Webb, Krystal Forthan, Theresa Plaisance, Lutley and Barrett each made at least one. Shanece McKinney and Forthan accounted for the final margin with a pair of layups.
LSU hosts Grambling at noon on Thursday.