The LSU Lady Tigers were handed their second loss of the season after failing to finish a second-half comeback against a hot-shooting Kansas Jayhawks team.
The Lady Tigers fell 68-61. Kansas' largest lead of the game was 22 points. However, LSU was able to climb up and bring the game within as close as six points in the fourth quarter.
The biggest difference in the game was the 3-point shooting. Kansas came out hot, making five of six 3-pointers in the first quarter. They shot 8-15 from the field in the first. After the first quarter, however, LSU adjusted their defense to limit the Kansas shooters. The Jayhawks finished the game shooting 57.1 percent from three.
On the other side, LSU did not have the same success. They shot zero percent from behind the arc, missing on all four of their attempts. It seemed that every time the Lady Tigers caught up to Kansas, the Jayhawks separated themselves with their 3-point shooting.
In a game in which the Lady Tigers were plagued with turnovers and foul trouble, they never stopped fighting. After a first quarter in which they allowed 26 points and had 7 turnovers, LSU seemed out of it.
“I think the difference in the game was the very first five minutes,” Fargas said. “We lost the first quarter in a big way. When you give up five 3’s in one quarter, that’s a problem. We didn’t combat their ability to score the basketball because we were turning it over at a high rate the first several minutes of the game.”
The Lady Tigers’ goal is to have no more than 12 turnovers in an entire game. After the first quarter, they were already at seven.
After the loss to Kansas, the Lady Tigers commended the Kansas defense, but attributed their turnovers to sloppy play and lack of discipline.
“It was more just us,” senior guard Shanice Norton said. “Yes, they’re a great team and they can play great defense, but we need to make sure we take care of the ball. When there is a pass, we need to step to the pass and look after each other. That’s just something we need to stay disciplined with and work on in practice to bring to the court.”
The lead had gotten up to 22 points in the second quarter. LSU adjusted and almost pulled off the comeback. By the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers were only down by six.
After a 26-point first quarter, the highest Kansas scored any of the following three quarter was 15 points.
During LSU’s comeback, they began to limit the shooters. LSU shot better from the field throughout the game than Kansas did. Kansas shot 19-49 from the field. Twelve of those were from behind the arc. Five of them came in the first quarter. LSU shot 44 percent from the field on 22-of-50 shooting.
“That’s what had us down in the first quarter,” Norton said. “They were just shooting threes. They didn’t get anything inside. When we stopped that, we pulled back and came back in the game. We do have 3-point shooters on the team and we need to look for them so we can match that.”
Junior forward Ayana Mitchell continued notched her fifth double-double of the season after seven games. She finished with a game-high 24 points on 9-12 shooting and 17 rebounds. Senior guard Shanice Norton added 9 points.