A year ago, Northern Iowa, who are
members of the Missouri Valley Conference along with
"They were tougher than we were for the most part I thought," said LSU coach John Brady. "In the second half we shot 8-24 from the field, 1-5 from three and 7-13 from the free throw line you can't expect to win the game with those stats. We got to the free throw line 13 times in the second half but we weren't able to produce the baskets that were necessary."
The upset wasn't exactly a "shocker," pardon the pun.
"The key two words there is last
Glen Davis led LSU with 17 points
and 13 rebounds and Darnell Lazare added 11.
LSU moved out quickly against the
Shockers opening a 14-4 advantage 9:30 into the contest on a jumper by Magnum Rolle and had an 11-point, 18-7 advantage on another layup by Rolle with 9:10 to
go in the first half. But turnovers and missed shots allowed
"One thing we did well is I thought we defended them well, particularly in the first half and than for most of the second half," Brady said.
In the second half,
"We have to make more outside shots because it is going to be hard to get the ball in the post without hitting outside shots," Brady said. "In the second half, we weren't able to hit enough outside shots to where we could operate around the basket."
The Shockers cut the game to one,
39-38, with 9:49 to play, but Garrett Temple hit a three and the lead was again
four. Four times,
"We don't do this very often, but we came out scared and a little intimidated," Turgeon said. "They played at a high level defensively most of the game, especially at the start. We were walking on egg shells. I was just begging them to play hard. I told them at halftime, I just want to be able to look ourselves in the mirror after the game and say that we tried as hard as we could. We did that in the second half."
Lazare would make two free throws
to put LSU back up, 50-48 at the 3:49 mark, but LSU would miss a golden
opportunity to up the lead when Tasmin Mitchell missed two free throws at the
2:31 mark. Lazare would foul on the rebound and
After a Lazare miss, Bradley hit a
jumper with 1:49 to play to give
"It seemed like it was all a struggle offensively," Brady said. "We never really had any rhythm on offense. Certainly they defended us well, but we still had some opportunities to make some plays but we weren't able to capitalize on them."
In the second half, LSU was just 8-of-24 from the field, 1-of-5 from the arc and 7-of-13 at the free throw line with nine turnovers.
"I think we just fell out of a rhythm in the second half. I don't if we even got into a good rhythm besides the beginning of the game, but we fell out of a rhythm," said LSU guard Dameon Mason. "We just lost because we couldn't hit shots. We were trying to force things, but we just lost."
For the game
"They executed and played well,"
"When you have to put every
possession on your defense to win the game it makes it much more difficult to
win the game," said LSU Coach John Brady. "We did not do anything consistently
well on offense. We had some opportunities, but we just didn't execute as well