LSU Women’s Basketball Scores Impressive 75-60 Victory against Tennessee

LSU Women's Basketball Scores Impressive 75-60 Victory against Tennessee
LSU Women’s Basketball Scores Impressive 75-60 Victory against Tennessee

LSU women’s basketball defeats Tennessee 75-60 in a game of adjustments. The last time Tennessee and Kim Mulkey’s Tigers played, the result was a two-point defeat in the Sotheastern Conference Tournament.

On this occasion, however, LSU traveled to Knoxville and prevailed 75–60.

The Tigers had to change for survival. Tennessee’s ability to restrict LSU in the paint and limit the Tigers at the foul line was crucial to their win. The Volunteers were effective in achieving it throughout the first half.

In order to maintain its advantage and win the game, LSU had to gradually increase its lead as Tennessee got closer to scoring many times in the second half.

In the end, LSU shot 6-for-15 (40%) from three-point range and 29-for-88 (33%) overall.

LSU led by Hailey Van Lith in the second half.

Van Lith scored a team-high 26 points in the end, which is her highest point total since moving to LSU.

The transfer guard from Louisville, Kentucky finished with three assists, seven rebounds, and a 9-for-18 field goal and 4-for-5 three-point shooting percentage.

However, when Tennessee began to pick up steam in the second half, Van Lith’s scoring output was especially crucial. In the second half, she scored two of her four 3-pointers and sixteen of her 26 points.

Hailey has to stop since she’s been subjected to a lot of criticism. She’s getting used to a new role,” Mulkey said. “She made big shots when we needed them.”

Van Lith seemed to have the ideal blend of playing her game and playing the point, which is different from how she usually plays at Louisville. Van Lith could pass the ball, but she also assumed responsibility for efficient scoring when the team needed it.

LSU’s explosive fourth quarter

After being outscored in the third quarter, Van Lith assisted LSU in mounting a comeback of their own. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers outscored Tennessee 27–15, shooting 50% from three and 45.5% from the field.

Additionally, Mikaylah Williams contributed throughout the fourth quarter. In the end, she shot 1-for-5 from three-point range and 7-for-18 from the field, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists. She scored six of her fifteen points in the fourth quarter.

With nine points, seven rebounds, and three assists, Flau’jae Johnson had an impact despite shooting blankly from beyond the 3-point line.

Before she wasn’t, Angel Reese was restrained.

Angel Reese’s all-around defense in the paint and at the foul line has to be Tennessee’s first focus. The Volunteers spent the first half acting in such manner.

But in the second half, Reese saw an opening and seized it.

With 11 points and 16 rebounds in the game, she had a double-double, going 4 for 19 from the field and 3 for 6 from the foul line. Eight of her eleven points were scored in the second half.

Reese didn’t score until little over seven minutes remained in the second quarter, hitting a jumper from right beyond the key. In the second quarter, Reese hit one of her two free shots when she first appeared at the foul line, with less than two minutes remaining.

Tennessee’s center Tamari Key is deserving of a lot of recognition for her aggressive paint defense. Key ended with five rebounds and 10 points.

“Tamari Key has a good height. We anticipated that she would be defending Angel,” Mulkey said. “Her size altered shots.”

Reese’s rebounding presence remained potent even as Tennessee limited her scoring. 16 of LSU’s 57 team rebounds were gathered by Reese.

In light of Tennessee’s attempts to limit LSU’s scoring in the paint, Aneesah Morrow tried to contribute as much as he could. Her ultimate line of play was 8 points and 13 rebounds.

Tennessee’s impressive third quarter

The third quarter saw the Volunteers’ scoring come to life as they whittled down LSU’s advantage to just two points. In the third quarter, Tennessee outscored the Tigers 19–10, with LSU shooting 4–18 overall.

Mulkey said, “We lost our composure a little bit in the third.” However, Tennessee caused us to get agitated. You tend to play a little harder when you’re down.”

But in the end, Tennessee shot just 16% from three-point range and 31% from the field. The group tried and hit three of their eighteen 3-point attempts.

Apart from not making any 3-pointers, Tennessee committed 10 turnovers as opposed to LSU’s 7. In terms of points off of turnovers, LSU beat Tennessee 12-3 and in terms of fastbreak points, 21-8.

It was obstacles like these that prevented the Volunteers from maintaining their third-quarter surge.

With a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds, Rickea Jackson—who is expected to be a top choice in the WNBA Draft—finished the game strong. Six of her 16 points were scored in the third period.

Tess Darby made 3-for-6 field goals and 2-for-5 three-pointers to earn nine points.

Eight points, six rebounds, and seven assists were provided by Jasmine Powell, while seven points and eight rebounds were added by Sara Puckett.

Next up, who?

On Thursday, the Tigers will continue their road trip and go to Athens to play the Georgia Bulldogs.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and kick off at 8 p.m. C.T. from Stegman Coliseum.

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