LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett scored a game-high 16 points and collected a career-best 7 steals to pace a balanced the Lady Tigers as they stifled Alabama 84-40 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Sunday for their ninth straight victory.
"We talk about the difference between being hungry and starving, and I know (LSU football coach Les Miles') team is starving to get on that field and win a championship," Lady Tigers coach Nikki Caldwell said. "They all are in sync and they have that togetherness that you need even when adversity hits. You never see LSU football team waver. We pay close attention to some of the things that they have been able to do this whole season."
LSU (12-3, 3-0 SEC) continued its torrid defense and found its offensive rhythm again scoring a season-high 84 points on a blistering season-high 60.4% from the floor.
The Crimson Tide (10-7, 0-3) dropped its 14th consecutive game to LSU and is winless against the Lady Tigers since Feb. 24, 2002. Sunday's 44-point margin of defeat was the largest in the series history. The Tide shot just 15.2% for the game with only 10 made field goals.
Barrett finished 5-of-7 from the floor and drained a career-high 4-of-4 from 3-point range. She gathered 7 rebounds.
"LaSondra is focused in the end on being a great leader for this team," Caldwell said. "She is rebounding the basketball and getting steals, but most importantly, we know she can score the basketball. She is making her teammates better as well because she is giving up the rock, giving them great looks and easier opportunities to score the basketball. Her unselfish play has really been a positive for our team."
All 12 Lady Tigers who dressed scored at least two points and every one of them played double-digit minutes. Adrienne Webb fired in 6-of-7 from the floor for 14 points, while Destini Hughes and Krystal Forthan provided nine points apiece.
LSU jumped out to a 9-0 lead on a pair of three from Barrett from the top of the key. Alabama was within nine points at the 6:36 mark in the first half before the Lady Tigers went on a 21-4 run to close the period. LSU scored the final 11 points of the half culminating with Barrett's third three of the game that made it, 44-18.
With the game well in hand, the Lady Tigers dominated the first 7 minutes of the second stanza with a 14-4 run. Barrett and Webb swished back-to-back 3s. LSU led 60-22 with 13:21 left in the game and Caldwell was able to work several combinations the rest of the way.
The Lady Tigers out-rebounded their 10th straight opponent and converted 20 Alabama turnovers into 26 points.
The SEC's top two scoring defenses meet at 7 p.m. Thursday when LSU hosts South Carolina.
LSU women steamroll Alabama for 9th straight
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