Grant Green – 23 Sports

Last Monday, Mizzou (5-3) hosted LSU (5-6) in the battle of the Tigers. Mizzou was trying to improve to an even record in SEC play. 

LSU would dominate this game off the bat as they took a 9-2 lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Five different players would score before the end of the first quarter, with LSU still leading 13-8.

Halfway through the second quarter, the lead doubled to ten, 21-11, and would remain in the double digits for almost the remainder of the quarter until a Ladazhia Williams layup finally cut the lead back to single digits, making it 28-20.

A halftime break served no good for the Missouri Tigers as everything they threw at LSU was matched, and slowly, the lead ballooned up to 15 by the end of the third quarter 52-37. Khayla Pointer had 15 of her 22 points, which led all scorers, by the end of the third.

The largest lead for LSU was 16, coming just over a minute into the fourth quarter 54-38 however, Mizzou was starting to show fight. Mizzou would go on a 19-4 run in six minutes, closing the gap to just 1 point, LSU leading just 58-57. LSU would kick the lead back to five with a minute remaining up 64-59 thanks to a couple of Pointer free throws completing her 22 point game. Fifteen seconds later, Hayley Franks got to the basket and made the lead single digits again, 64-61. After Tiara Young went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line making it 65-61 LSU, Mizzou had 13 seconds left to put themselves in a good position needing a three to keep themselves in single digits no matter what. And it was delivered by Aijha Blackwell with three seconds left, but there was no time to get a shot off after LSU’S Tiara Young’s free throw, and Mizzou fell to 1-3 in SEC play, losing 66-64.

LSU can certainly credit their three-point shooting, as they shot 57 percent on just seven shots, pushing them to 4-2 in SEC play, they host fourth-ranked South Carolina, a massive threat, their biggest game so far. But LSU is not unfamiliar with the ranked play, they took down seventh-ranked Texas A&M just a week ago.

And Missouri on the other takes on those now eighth-ranked Aggies, again, in Columbia, Missouri in Mizzou Arena.

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