Lady Tigers stamp out Alabama State

The No. 2-ranked LSU women's basketball team didn't need its best performance to beat Alabama State, and the Lady Tigers fell short of turning in that kind of effort Saturday night.<br><br>But their performance in a 65-19 win at the Maravich Assemebly Center was good enough to break three school records and keep their perfect record intact.

Alabama State's 19 points were the fewest ever allowed by an LSU team and the Lady Hornets 13.2 percent shooting was the worst mark ever for an LSU opponent. ASU was 7 of 53 from the field, a new low mark for field goals made against the Lady Tigers.

 

LSU (6-0) had its own offensive struggles in the first half, playing Alabama State to a 2-2 through the first six minutes of the game. The Lady Hornets (1-5) used a deliberate offense against LSU which came back to haunt them once the Lady Tigers started finding their scoring groove.

 

"It was not the kind of night we were hoping for to say the least," said LSU coach Sue Gunter. "We were lethargic at the beginning of the game and we didn't attack the zone."

 

Aiysha Smith and Keisha James each scored 11 points for the Lady Tigers, while Ke-Ke Tardy added 10 on 4-of-5 shooting. James and Tardy made their contributions off the bench, as most of the Lady Tiger starters struggled against a pesky Alabama State defense.

 

"It was just us," said James. "We came out flat. We didn't play with intensity at the beginning of the game. If we don't change that, some teams are going to come out and beat us."

 

Roneeka Hodges and DeTrina White each had 7 rebounds to lead LSU, but the Lady Hornets battled well on the boards with 16 offensive rebounds.

 

LSU held a 25-10 lead at halftime and broke open the game with a 20-1 run in the second period. Following a basket from Tawana Harris at the 13:10 mark, Alabama State missed all five field goals attempts it took over the following 8:26. The Lady Tigers built a 41-point lead in the process and didn't allow another field goal until Harris put in a basket under the goal with 4:44 to play.

 

Those were the only two baskets for Harris, an ASU reserve who matched starting forward Vicky Pouncey with 4 points.

 

The slow start for LSU prevented them from running away with the game in the first half when Alabama State managed just ten points. After Smith opened with a lay-up just eight seconds into the game, the Lady Tigers would not score again over the next 5:48. Roneeka Hodges' 3-pointer at the 14:04 mark broke a 2-2 tie and put LSU ahead for good.

 

The Lady Tigers shot 45.5 percent (22-55) for the game and made 11 of 13 free throws.

Alabama State committed 22 turnovers against just 4 assists, while LSU had 19 assists, 12 turnovers, 9 blocks and 10 steals.


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