In front of a standing-room only crowd inside the PMAC, the LSU women’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 74-59 win over Mississippi State on Senior Night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The game started as a back-and-forth affair as Mississippi State’s Anastasia Hayes scored the first points of the game with a layup. LSU quickly answered with a Alexis Morris jumper. Neither the Bulldogs and Tigers led more than four points in the opening period.
Mississippi State’s Jessika Carter made a layup with 1:50 left to give the Bulldogs a 15-14 lead. That would be the score at the end of the first, as the two teams would go scoreless the rest of the quarter.
LSU started off the second period strong.
Angel Reese made a jumper in the paint which sparked a 9-0 run. Mississippi State made two quick buckets to cut LSU’s lead down to four point but a second-chance layup by Reese made it a six-point game with 6:14 left before the break.
After back-to-back jumpers by Morris with a little more than three minutes remaning, pushed the Tigers’ lead up to 12. The Bulldogs closed out the second with a 6-0 run to cut down the lead to 36-30.
LSU quickly pushed its lead back to double digits in the third and led by 14 with 1:36 left in the third. Mississippi State clawed back but still trailed by eight points at the end of the third.
The Bulldogs made it a five-point game to start the fourth with a three-pointer by Ramani Parker. The Tigers responded quickly with a layup by Ladazhia Williams.
LSU would maintain control as it pushed its lead back to double digits for remainder of the fourth.
BIG NUMBER: 27
With Sunday’s win over Mississippi State, LSU picked up its 27th win of the season — which ties it for the most regular season wins in program history. The other team to accomplish the feat was the 2004-05 team.
BIG NUMBER II: 0
LSU posted the double-digit win and did so without making a single three-pointer. The Tigers went 0-for-14 in Sunday’s victory.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: ANGEL REESE & LADAZHIA WILLIAMS
Reese capped off the regular season with another double-double as she led the Tigers with 23 points and 26 rebounds. Reese now has 27 double-doubles on the season which is tied with Sylvia Fowles’ record for most in a regular season. Williams meanwhile came up big with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and four rebounds.
UP NEXT: LSU (27-1, 15-1 SEC) will travel to Greenville, South Carolina for the SEC Women’s Tournament. LSU earned the No. 2 seed and will not play its first game until the quarterfinal round on Friday. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.