Arkansas rolls past sloppy Lady Tigers

LSU commits 27 turnovers in 72-52 loss, its third in a row after a 4-0 start in SEC play.

Four Arkansas players scored in double-figures and the Lady Razorbacks took advantage of 27 LSU turnovers as the Lady Tigers, playing without two starters due to injury, dropped their third straight game, 72-52, in front of 6,161 fans Sunday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (13-6, 4-3 SEC) fell into a tie with South Carolina for fourth place in the conference standings with nine games left. The Lady Tigers were playing without senior point guard Destini Hughes and sophomore guard Jeanne Kenney, who both sustained injuries in Thursday's loss at Tennessee. Hughes is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL and Kenney was recovering from a concussion.

Arkansas (14-5, 3-4) won its third straight game and second in a row by double-digit fashion against a quality conference foe. The Lady Razorbacks, who crushed Vanderbilt on Thursday, defeated LSU for the third consecutive time. Arkansas swept the season series last season and rode a 47.5% shooting effort Sunday, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range.

LSU came into the contest with the nation's fourth-best field goal percentage defense.

"I give a lot of credit to Arkansas for really sticking to their game plan of defensively coming in and disrupting us and forcing us into 27 turnovers," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "I thought that was a very telling statistic in the outcome of this game, because with those turnovers they were able to convert about 30 points."

Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones led LSU with 14 points, her third straight double-figure game, and a game-high 7 rebounds with 3 steals. Adrienne Webb chipped in 11 points.

Arkansas' Lyndsay Harris scored a game-high 17 points and buried 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Ashley Daniels contributed 10 points and Dominique Robinson and C'eira Ricketts had 10 points apiece. The Lady Razorbacks scored 29 points off turnovers and took complete control of the game in the final 7 minutes of the first half.

LSU held a 17-11 lead following Sheila Boykin's layup with 11:06 to go in the opening half, but the Lady Tigers went the final 11 minutes with only two made field goals. Robinson's 3 culminated an 11-0 Arkansas run at the 6:28 mark and the deficit grew to double digits on back-to-back 3s with just under 3 minutes to go. The Razorbacks led comfortably at halftime, 38-22.

The 3-point barrage continued in the first 20 seconds of the second half when Harris knocked down another. Arkansas held its largest lead, 54-29, on Daniels' jumper with 13:04 left in the game. The Lady Tigers got the deficit to within 14 points following a 3 from Webb and a bucket from LaSondra Barrett, but it came in the final 2 minutes.

LSU out-rebounded Arkansas 32-25, and the Lady Tigers finished at 45.7% shooting for the game.

"We were not in a comfortable role as far as bringing the ball down the floor, or playing 12 or 15 feet from the basket," Caldwell said. "I also felt that we didn't play. Our mindset changed. For the whole second half of the Tennessee game, we played with a big lineup. I asked them what changed, and the majority of the response was that their mindset and attitude toward that game changed."

LSU will depart Monday afternoon for Johnson City, Tenn., as the Lady Tigers step out of SEC play and take on East Tennessee State at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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