BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Four Lady Tigers scored in double-figures as LSU used a strong second half to get the 61-51 win over Missouri in the PMAC on Monday.
Ayana Mitchell led the way with 17 points off 5-of-7 shooting. She also had 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season.
“I like the fact we were transitioning and looking for each other,” said head coach Nikki Fargas. “How selfless we were in this game, as opposed to Mississippi State, was night and day. And it reflected in the score.”
Faustine Aifuwa, Shanice Norton, and Khayla Pointer each scored 10 points. Norton scored her 500th point as a Lady Tiger.
LSU came up big on defense. The Lady Tigers forced 17 turnovers on Missouri and scored 17 points off those turnovers.
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“[Norton] brings a different level of athleticism because she can get between and get through those screens. [Missouri does] a great job of setting a lot of flare screens for [Sophie] Cunningham. We were able to match that defensively and I thought that was the difference of the game for us,” Fargas added.
Norton hit a long jumper at the buzzer to pull LSU within two points at the end of the first half, which seemed to energize the team going into the third period.
LSU (13-8, 4-5 SEC) had lost two games in a row and four of its last five games before this win.
Missouri (16-7, 5-4 SEC) has now lost three of its last four games.
LSU hosts Arkansas on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.