LSU advances in SEC Tourney with 58-49 win over Alabama

LSU advances in SEC Tourney with 58-49 win over Alabama

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Lady Tigers defeated Alabama, 58-49, to advance to the second round of the SEC Tournament here at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Juniors Alexis Hyder and Rina Hill combined for 30 points to power the Lady Tigers to victory. Hyder led the way with 20 points off a 9-of-12 effort from the field and a 2-of-3 showing from the charity stripe. She scored 14 of her points in the second half. This was Hyder's second 20-point game this season and she has scored in double figures in the last seven-straight games. Hyder has scored in double figures in 20 of LSU's 30 games this season, and she has led the Lady Tigers in scoring on 12 occasions. Hill chipped in 10 points off a 5-of-13 shooting mark from the field.  Hill, Hyder and freshman Shanice Norton each had five assists.

"Obviously this was a great win for our program," said head coach Nikki Fargas. "I thought our team really stuck to the game plan, especially on the defensive end."

"We were able to score the basketball inside with the help of Alexis Hyder," added Fargas. "The guard play of Shanice Norton and Rina Hill was tremendous. Anne Pedersen, seeing her knock down shots, it was a great team win. We're grateful to be able to play some more basketball."

Norton and Hyder led the Lady Tigers in rebounding with nine boards apiece. The nine boards was a career-high for Norton, and eight of her rebounds were on the defensive side. Norton also contributed eight points off 4-of-9 shooting. Ann Jones and Jasmine Rhodes scored six points while Anne Pedersen and Akilah Bethel contributed four points apiece.

The Lady Tigers will meet No. 5 seed Kentucky on Thursday at approximately 1:30 p.m. CT, as the match-up will follow the Auburn-Missouri game that begins at 11 a.m. CT.