1.13.19 LSU vs South Caroline

LSU junior forward Ayana Mitchell (5) fights for a ball during the lady Tigers' 76-52 loss to South Carolina, on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 in the PMAC.

The LSU Lady Tigers (11-5, 2-2 South Eastern Conference) list an uncontested contest to the No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks (12-4, 4-0 SEC) by a score of 76-53 in the PMAC Sunday afternoon.

To say that the Lady Tigers started slowly would be an understatement. Fans stood until the first basket was made, which resulted in the score being 9-2 more than four minutes into the game. South Carolina did not slow down for the rest of the game.

The Gamecocks came out in the first quarter and could not miss from the perimeter. To make things worse for the Lady Tigers, South Carolina were consistently getting second and third shots. 

South Carolina would close the quarter with a 29-11 lead and there would be no lead changes for the rest of the game.

LSU would get its feet under them as the game went on and only allowed 16, 16, and 15 points in the second, third and fourth quarters. Despite their improved defense, they could not find a way to put the ball in the basket consistently.

The Lady Tiger’s biggest weaknesses were rebounding and allowing points off of turnovers. LSU got out rebounded 40-28 and allowed 18 points off of turnovers. In addition to being a smaller team, LSU looked to be out hustled on the boards which led to easy baskets.

South Carolina did an exceptional job of keeping the pace of the game and scoring enough to keep their lead the whole entire game.

As for the slow start, junior forward Ayana Mitchell said that they cannot afford to do that in SEC play or any game for that matter.

Sophomore guard Khyala Pointer said that nothing was different before the game, and the slow start cannot happen they are going to win any game going forward.

Moving forward from this game, LSU coach Nikki Fargas looks to establishing offense.

“Our identity on the offensive side of the ball needs to get better,” Fargas said. “We have got to figure out what that is going to look like; we are still somewhat hunting for that.”

The Lady Tigers cleaned up their act towards the end of the game, but the score was lopsided for the entirety of the game. They will look to improve their record against the recently upset Kentucky Wildcats (15-3, 2-2 SEC).

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