Lady Tigers Win Big Over Sam Houston State 89-41
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. --- The LSU women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four straight games with an 89-41 win over Sam Houston State here in front of 4,777 fans this morning at the Maravich Center for what is referred to as the annual “Field Trip Game.”
The Lady Tigers improve to 8-2 on the year, and are 5-1 at the PMAC so far this season. SHSU remained winless on the year with a 0-9 record.
One of six Lady Tigers in double figures, Raigyne Moncrief led the way for LSU with 22 points. It was her second 22-point effort this season, and the sixth 20-point performance of her career. One game following a 5-of-15 effort from the field, Moncrief was 10-of-13 from the field against SHSU and also logged a career-high eight steals and hauled in seven rebounds. Chloe Jackson and Shanice Norton each contributed 12 points, followed by Alexis Hyder’s 11-point effort.
Rina Hill and Tatum Neubert, in just her second game in action this year following an injury, rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points apiece. Jackson also tied Moncrief for the team lead in rebounds with seven, while also registering three assists and three steals. Norton led the Lady Tigers with four assists. This game marked the first time since the 2008 meeting against top-ranked Tennessee that six Lady Tigers have scored 10 or more points.
The Lady Tigers forced 34 turnovers and scored 44 points off SHSU’s miscues. It is the second-straight game that LSU has forced its opponent into 30 or more turnovers. Also for the second-straight game, LSU logged 21 steals. Every Lady Tiger who played at least 10 minutes registered at least one steal today.
LSU displayed dominance to start the game as they collected eight offensive rebounds and allowed a mere five points in the first quarter. The Lady Tigers were on the scoreboard first with a three-point play by Hyder, and never trailed in the game. LSU led by as many as 51 in the final minute of the game.
By halftime, LSU scored 28 of their 39 total points off of turnovers. The Lady Tigers also held the Bearcats to 39% percent shooting from the field.
After an impressive first half, LSU started the second half on a 20-0 run to prevent any hopes of a comeback by SHSU. In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers shot 78 percent (14-of-18) from the field and scored 22 of their 32 points in the paint. The Bearcats didn’t score in the third period until 3:57 remaining on the clock as Jada Ballew sunk two free throws. SHSU was held to just six points off a 1-of-10 effort from the field in the third quarter.
Moncrief led the Lady Tigers with 16 points in the second half, and in 10 minutes of action she was perfect from the field (7-of-7) and free throw line (2-of-2). Norton also put together a nice half of action, scoring eight points in 14 minutes.
LSU won the battle of the boards, 41-27, and generated 22 second-chance points to SHSU’s four points. Every Lady Tiger who played scored in the game, as the LSU bench contributed 30 points in the win.
Jennifer Oramas led SHSU with nine points off a 3-of-6 mark from the field. She hit three of the Bearkats’ six treys. SHSU was 6-of-14 from behind the arc and turned in a 7-of-10 clip from the free-throw line. This was the first time since the UC Santa Barbara game in December 2014 that LSU has kept all players of an opposing team under 10 points.
The Lady Tigers will step away from the PMAC for the only game in December that is on the road when LSU faces North Carolina on a neutral court in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Dec. 18. The game is being played at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Following that meeting, LSU’s final two games of the month, and of the non-conference slate, will bookend the Christmas break when LSU hosts Little Rock on Dec. 21 and Alabama State on Dec. 28.
NOTES & TRENDS
• Starters for LSU were Chloe Jackson, Rina Hill, Alexis Hyder, Raigyne Moncrief & Ayana Mitchell.
• LSU is now 5-0 all-time over Sam Houston State, including a 4-0 mark in the PMAC.
• LSU has won all five games against SHSU by at least 25 points, with the largest margin of victory being today’s 48-point win. Previously, LSU defeated SHSU, 92-52 (40-pt), early in the 2000-01 season.
• The 89 points scored by LSU is the most since the Lady Tigers defeated Georgia Tech, 98-78, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament held in Baton Rouge on March 23, 2014.
• Raigyne Moncrief scored 22 points today to extend her double-digit scoring streak to eight games.
• Raigyne Moncrief is the only Lady Tiger to score 20-plus points in a game this season and she has done so twice this year; and six times in her career.
• Raigyne Moncrief registered a career-high eight steals. This is the most steals for a Lady Tiger since Katrina Hibbert posted eight against #10 Florida on January 24, 1998. Only five Lady Tigers have recorded eight or more steals in a game in school history.
• With the win, head coach Nikki Fargas is 11-6 over teams from Texas in her tenure at LSU. The 11-6 record include four wins this season (Rice, UTEP, TCU, SHSU). Since the 2000-01 season, LSU is 38-10 over Texas teams and have played a team from the Lone Star State every season in that span from 2000-01 - present. In addition, LSU is 26-3 in those games played at the PMAC since 2000-01.
LSU Head Coach Nikki Fargas
“We missed a lot of shots in the first quarter. We weren’t converting on turning them over, and we were missing layups. We settled in in the second half. We shot the ball extremely well in the second half. When you’re shooting almost 80 percent in the third quarter, that definitely helps your overall percentage. Our goal for the game was to shoot 50 percent or better from the field. I wish we would have connected on more of those free throws in the first half, but our defensive effort really has been the reason why we’ve been able to win the games of the past and win this game today.”
On playing in front of the elementary school kids …
“It was so exciting to be in this environment with all the elementary schools. When the kids are screaming and yelling, it just adds to the environment of the game.”
On Raigyne Moncrief and her defensive intensity …
“You have a young lady who sat out a whole season, and I think she’s finding her stride from a conditioning standpoint. She’s just getting stronger and stronger. She’s somebody that we go as she goes. When she picks up her defensive intensity, it trickles down into the rest of our guard play and our post play. I like how Shanice Norton has really taken on that role for us, as well as Chloe Jackson.”
LSU Guard Raigyne Moncrief
On what this win says about the team …
“We can be a great defensive team. I think in the second half we came out trying to get steals, trying to get traps. We can be a good transition team by converting on those steals.”
On what to work on during the next two games …
“I think just building chemistry and, once again, getting better defensively because the teams are getting better as we go on. I think that’s what we’re doing now; focusing on the little things and correcting little things that we need to fix.”
LSU Guard Chloe Jackson
On what this win means going forward …
“It definitely gives us a lot of confidence and momentum because UNC is a great team. Going into that game (Sunday) with the game we just had, taking what we did on defense, and then transitioning into the UNC game gives us a lot of confidence.”
On what to work on during the next two games …
“Definitely the chemistry. I think each game we’re getting better and better, and definitely on the defensive end. We’re just trying to finish strong going into conference play—just getting better.”
SHSU Head Coach Brenda Welch-Nichols
“LSU did a really good job on their home court. They came out, played well for their fans and it was just a fun game.”
“Basically they did a really good job rebounding and getting put backs and that was something that we knew we had to do a better job of boxing out, keeping them off the boards. I think they did a really good job of that.”
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