FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Another stellar defensive effort and a 9-0 run late in the second half lifted the LSU women past Arkansas 50-42 and to their fourth straight SEC win Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
LaSondra Barrett scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Adrienne Webb finished with 10 points and Courtney Jones and Theresa Plaisance came off the bench for 7 points apiece. .
The Lady Tigers (18-8, 8-5 SEC) held their third consecutive opponent under 50 points and moved into a fourth-place tie in the league standings with South Carolina and Arkansas. LSU avenged an earlier 20-point loss to the Razorbacks in Baton Rouge on Jan. 22. .
"We told this team that we have to play with a heart of a champion and it starts with our defense and our board play," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "They believed in the game plan and most importantly, they believed in each other. This is a different Lady Tiger team than the first time and they showed it (Thursday). We got great minutes from everybody who came off the bench and everyone contributed." .
A low-scoring first half saw LSU take an 18-16 lead into halftime, but Lyndsay Harris scored four straight points early in the second half to give the Razorbacks their largest lead, 25-22 with 16:31 remaining in the game. Jeanne Kenney then went down to a right knee injury at the 13:40 mark and did not return. She is listed day-to-day. .
Bianca Lutley responded in Kenney's absence as the Lady Tigers went on a 9-0 run to jump ahead 31-25. Barrett buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Webb converted a backdoor layup. After C'eira Ricketts' 3 broke the spurt, Lutley nailed a 30-foot trey with the shot clock winding down. Lutley then found Jones in stride on a perfect pass for layup that gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good, 38-34. .
Plaisance got into the scoring action with a 3 from the left wing and Webb buried another bomb from the right corner that made the score 47-38 with 1:12 remaining. Like she has in the past three games, Barrett put the finishing touches on the win at the line and accounted for LSU's final two points. .
The Lady Tigers connected for four 3-pointers in the final 12 minutes and shot an outstanding 64.7% in the second half. LSU held Arkansas (19-6, 8-5) to 30.4% from the floor for the game and out-rebounded the Razorbacks, 36-21.
Ricketts led Arkansas with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting. Sarah Watkins, who came into the contest averaging 11 points, shot just 1-of-10 from the floor and scored 4 points. .
The Lady Tigers host Auburn in the Pink Game at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. General admission tickets are only $1 and available at LSUtix.net. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and help LSU recognize breast cancer awareness. .
Lady Tigers notch fourth straight win
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