From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – The No. 12 LSU women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack as seven players collected five-plus points, and the Lady Tigers secured a convincing 69-46 victory over Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday at the Maravich Center.
LSU (9-1) extended its winning streak to seven games and has notched six of its nine victories on the season by double digits. In the process, the Lady Tigers also avenged a 76-70 road setback to Florida Gulf Coast (5-4) from last season.
"We talked about in the second half how we didn't want to give them a full shot clock because they did such a great job having ball patience and movement without the basketball," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "I'm very proud of our team of taking the challenge and defending 94 feet."
All 10 of LSU's players who saw action scored a point and grabbed a rebound. The Lady Tigers were paced by Raigyne Moncrief, who poured in a team-leading 11 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. It was Moncrief's sixth consecutive and eighth overall double figure scoring output on the season.
Jasmine Rhodes chipped in 10 points and four steals off the bench. It was the second-highest career scoring performance for Rhodes. Theresa Plaisance came away with nine points and eight rebounds, while DaShawn Harden provided seven points. The trio played a big part in LSU's 35-12 scoring edge in bench points.
LSU connected on 23-of-56 from the floor, 2-of-10 from three-point territory and 21-of-25 at the foul line. The 84.0 percent free throw clip was a season-best for the Lady Tigers.
LSU's defense forced the Eagles into 21 turnovers and scored 33 of the game's 47 points off turnovers. The Lady Tigers also dominated the glass and held a 44-25 rebounding advantage. Jeanne Kenney nearly tallied her first career double-double with eight points and a game-leading 10 rebounds.
Florida Gulf Coast attempted 36 of its 50 field goals from three-point range. The Eagles were 17-of-50 shooting, 12-of-36 from the three-point line and misfired all four of their free throw attempts. Sarah Hanson paced the Eagles with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
The Lady Tigers seized the momentum early and raced out to an 8-0 advantage at the 14:54 mark of the opening half capped by Rhodes and Plaisance baskets. LSU's defense forced the Eagles to misfire on their first nine field goal attempts.
Florida Gulf Coast fired back with eight consecutive points of its own and evened the ledger at 8-8 with 9:57 remaining on a Stephanie Haas lay-up.
LSU answered right back with seven quick points over the next 1:47 finished off by a Moncrief traditional three-point play to go up 15-8.
The Eagles got back to within 20-16 on a Hanson triple with 5:58 to go, but LSU ripped off 15 straight points to take a 35-16 lead into the locker room. Moncrief ignited the spurt with a jumper followed by consecutive Hill baskets. On the defensive end, the Lady Tigers forced FGCU into nine missed shots and two turnovers during the spurt.
Florida Gulf Coast got as close as 11 points on two occasions in the second half, the latest at 43-32 at the 11:59 mark on a Hanson jumper.
LSU put the game away with a 12-point flurry over the next 3:00 to surge ahead by a 55-32 margin. The Lady Tigers knocked down all eight of their free throw attempts coupled with a Ballard steal and layup and a Harden jumper.
LSU travels to North Carolina State Friday to play its third game over a six-day stretch. Tip time is slated for 6 p.m. CT. The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live with Patrick Wright on the call.