Lady Tigers use big runs to hold off Southeastern, 72-52

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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU ended both the second and third quarters on double-digit runs to earn a 72-52 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in the non-conference finale for the Lady Lions Thursday evening in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Lady Lions will head into Southland Conference play with a 5-6 overall record. LSU improved to 8-3 overall thanks in large part to a 46-26 rebounding advantage.

The other major disparity came at the free-throw line. LSU was 23-for-31 from the charity stripe, while SLU was 4-for-7.

Playing in her hometown, Southeastern guard Celica Sterling led all players with a game-high 17 points. Ashailee Brailey added 11 points off the bench for SLU. Aminat Jubril also came off the bench to lead the Lady Lions with a career-high 11 rebounds, while Jaclyn Scholvin dished out a team-high four assists.

Ayana Mitchell led LSU with 16 points, as four Tigers netted double figures. Mercedes Brooks added 14 points, while Faustine Aifuwa chipped in with 11 points. Shanice Norton posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Khayla Pointer led all players with eight assists.

LSU threatened to pull away early, as the Tigers jumped out to a 20-9 lead through the game’s first eight minutes. However, treys by Morgan Carrier and Brailey, followed by a Scholvin layup comprised an 8-0 SLU run to end the opening quarter, cutting the deficit to 20-17.

A Brailey jumper opened the second quarter scoring, but it was all LSU for the rest of the period, as the Tigers outscored SLU, 17-4, in the quarter. LSU scored the half’s final 11 points to go into the break up, 37-21.

SLU started the third quarter hot, as a Sterling three and a bucket by Caitlyn Williams trimmed the LSU lead to 37-26 just a minute into the second half. However, the Tigers outscored Southeastern, 27-7, the rest of the quarter, closing period three with a 13-0 run to go into the fourth quarter with a 64-33 advantage.

Southeastern would not fold up its tent in the final 10 minutes, holding the Tigers scoreless for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. SLU did not commit a turnover on the way to outscoring the hosts, 19-8, in the final quarter and closing the final margin to 72-52.

Southeastern will open Southland Conference play at home, hosting Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 in the University Center. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Wednesday’s game at www.LionSports.net/watch.

Next Wednesday will also be a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score 50 or more points versus SFA, fans will be able to take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.

Sterling will be the Spotlight Player of the Game for Wednesday’s SLU-SFA contest. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Baton Rouge native courtesy of PRIDE.

Southeastern Louisiana 52 (5-6)
K. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, C. Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Sterling 7-17 1-1 17, Scholvin 3-8 0-1 6, Morrison 2-2 1-2 5, Carrier 3-8 0-0 7, Dugas 0-5 0-0 0, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0, Bush 0-0 0-0 0, Brailey 4-7 0-0 11, Jubril 1-5 2-3 4. Totals 21-57 4-7 52.
LSU 72 (8-3)
Mitchell 4-8 8-13 16, Aifuwa 4-7 3-4 11, Norton 3-12 4-4 10, Pointer 1-8 0-0 3, Richard-Harris 3-7 0-0 8, Cherry 0-3 0-0 0, Brooks 4-6 3-4 14, Ashman 1-1 0-0 3, Bidikuindila 0-0 1-2 1, Seay 1-2 4-4 6, Spencer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 23-31 72.
End of 1st Quarter – LSU 20, SLU 17. Halftime – LSU 37, SLU 21. End of 3rd Quarter – LSU 64, SLU 33. 3-point goals – SLU 6-23 (Brailey 3-5, Sterling 2-9, Carrier 1-6, Dugas 0-2, C. Williams 0-1), LSU 7-22 (Brooks 3-5, Richard-Harris 2-5, Pointer 1-4, Ashman 1-1, Mitchell 0-3, Norton 0-2, Cherry 0-1, Seay 0-1). Technical Fouls – None. Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – SLU 26 (Jubril 11), LSU 46 (Norton 13). Assists – SLU 9 (Scholvin 4), LSU 19 (Pointer 8). Totals Fouls – SLU 24, LSU 9. A – 1,654.

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