BIMINI, Bahamas – The LSU Women’s Basketball Show took to the streets Thursday when the No. 12 Tigers (6-0) defeated George Mason (3-4), 80-52 of their first recreation of the Goombay Splash at The Bimini, Bahamas.
Angel Reese led the Tigers with 21 factors and 19 rebounds as she secured her sixth straight double-double to start her profession at LSU. She had no less than 15 rebounds in every of her final 5 video games and had a career-high 19 in two straight video games. Freshman ahead Sa’Myah Smith got here off the bench and had a career-high 14 factors and ahead LaDazhia Williams had 13 since the publish of LSU dominated.
“We wanted to put the ball into play early and we did,” mentioned LSU coach Kim Mulkey. “I have to go back and watch the film and ask if we didn’t get the ball in the second half.”
Alexis Morris completed the event with 13 factors and freshman Flau’jae Johnson with 10 factors as she has hit double digits in each recreation of her collegiate profession thus far.
LSU’s streak of back-to-back video games ended Thursday after 5 video games as the Tigers failed to succeed in the century mark. At least one NCAA DI crew has had a streak of six straight 100-point video games and it was the 1981-82 Louisiana Tech crew that Mulkey performed on.
The Patriots have been led by Sonia Smith at 15 and Taylor Jameson at 11. Thirty of George Mason’s 66 discipline purpose makes an attempt got here from behind the arc, however the Patriots shot simply 20 % from downtown.
LSU confirmed their expertise in the first half and took the lead shortly and explosively. But George Mason responded in the second half, scoring 33 factors in the final two quarters.
“We forced a lot of misses (in the first half),” mentioned Coach Mulkey. “We gave them an opportunity in the first half and got here out and ran. We did not try this in the second half and their protection did not change.
The Tigers began the recreation with an early 8-0 run and half of these factors got here from the free throw line as Reese and Johnson each began 2-2 at the strip. In the first 5 minutes of the recreation, Reese had 6 factors and 6 rebounds and was searching for her sixth straight double-double. Reese ended the quarter with 10 factors and eight rebounds whereas the Tigers ended the quarter 27-9 in the lead.
Just 4 minutes into the second quarter, Reese hit her tenth rebound and secured her sixth double-double in six video games as the Tiger. LSU ended the quarter with a 10-1 run to present the Tigers a 29-lead 48-19 earlier than halftime. Morris scored 10 in the first half.
In the first two quarters, the Tigers shot 65.5 % from the discipline and held the Patriots at 24.2 %. LSU scored 32 of their factors in the coloration and added 10 extra off turnovers. The Tigers dominated on either side as they pressured the Patriot offense to make perimeter pictures late in the shot clock. George Mason went from three to 2-16 in the first half and scored simply 10 factors in the paint.
After a weak begin to the third quarter, LSU prolonged their result in 34 factors. Both groups discovered themselves at the line as a complete of 11 private fouls have been dedicated in the third. George Mason went 4-4 and LSU went 7-8. LSU gave up in the third 18 and went into the final quarter with a 71-37 lead.
However, George Mason refused to go quietly as the Patriots fought arduous in the fourth quarter, making it troublesome for the Tigers to attain and rebounding relentlessly on either side of the ball. However, LSU held their very own for his or her sixth straight win at the gates.
(*12*) defined Coach Mulkey. “We need to get in better shape. We didn’t defend well in the second half and we didn’t recover hard and I think George Mason was just a little tough in the fourth quarter.”
With the win, LSU will tackle UAB at 1pm CT on Saturday. This recreation can be streamed on FloHoops. UAB and George Mason play Friday afternoon.