Barrett, defense spark Lady Tigers

Senior logs her sixth double-double to help LSU win fifth in a row.

LSU All-America candidate LaSondra Barrett recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Tigers claimed their fifth consecutive SEC victory Sunday, defeating Auburn, 57-41at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Jeanne Kenney: Drops in three first-half 3-pointers in LSU's solid victory

A season-high paid crowd of 6,763 watched LSU continue to ascend up the league standings. The Lady Tigers (19-8, 9-5 SEC) moved into a tie for third place with Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt with two games remaining. The 6,763 in attendance was the largest crowd to watch a Lady Tiger game in the PMAC since Feb. 1, 2009, when 6,887 watched LSU face Auburn.

"On the defensive end, we are doing a good job of holding our opponents in the high 40s to low 50s scoring," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said.

"Offensively we are not capitalizing and executing on the other end because of our lack of taking care of the basketball. The thing I have harped on this group about is that we are going to win with our defense and our rebounding. The game may be ugly, but as long as you are collecting those wins at this time of the season, it's good to focus on that."

Auburn dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 11-16 overall and 3-11 in the league standings.

Barrett was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and added 3 steals. Jeanne Kenney put in 11 points and nailed a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range – all in the first half. Both Courtney Jones and Adrienne Webb contributed 7 points apiece.

For the fourth consecutive game, LSU held an opponent under 50 points as Auburn became the latest victim, shooting only 30.9% from the floor and 22.2% in the second half. Despite committing 24 turnovers, Auburn converted those into only nine points.

LSU rode a 9-0 first-half run and 63.2% shooting in the first 20 minutes to claim a 33-26 at halftime. The Lady Tigers nailed 3s on three straight possessions – two from Kenney and one from Webb – while Bianca Lutley found Jones for a beautiful alley-oop layup.

Bianca Lutley and the Lady Tigers dominated Auburn from start-to-finish.

Auburn hung around early in the second half with both teams going cold from the floor. Auburn managed the only field goal of the first 6 minutes of the stanza until Lutley's layup at the 13:43 mark. A jumper by Barrett ignited another 9-0 run that left LSU with a 46-31 lead with 6:21 remaining.

LSU dominated the backboards, out-rebounding Auburn, 35-23, and improving to 16-4 when out-rebounding opponents on the season. LSU has out-rebounded 10 of its 14 SEC opponents.

The Lady Tigers senior class of Barrett, Jones, Taylor Turnbow, Swayze Black and Destini Hughes will be honored prior to their final regular-season home game when LSU hosts Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. Thursday at the PMAC.

NOTES: LSU recognized breast cancer survivors at halftime with a special tribute and parade with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden on hand … A handful of Lady Tiger alumni were also on hand and recognized at halftime, including LaTear Eason, Cornelia Gayden and Latasha Dorsey … LSU remained undefeated in Pink Games, improving to 5-0 … The Lady Tigers wore special Nike pink uniforms and shoes.


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