FLORIDA SNAPS LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WIN STREAK, HANDS LADY TIGERS FIRST SEC LOSS, 62-58
Fla. – Florida’s Jordan Jones scored 16 points and the Gators benefited
from seven made threes to hand the LSU women’s basketball team its
first Southeastern Conference loss and snap its 10-game winning streak
by a score of 62-58 on Sunday afternoon in the O’Connell Center.
Lady Tigers (13-4, 4-1) lost for the first time in 49 days since a
77-68 defeat at No. 18 Ohio State on Nov. 27. The win streak went down
as the longest by LSU since 2007-08 and the Lady Tigers nearly
recovered from a 15-point deficit with 7:39 left to play to extend the
A valiant comeback sparked by the play of Courtney
Jones on both ends of the floor pulled LSU to within two points, but
Florida put the game away at the free throw line after the Lady Tigers
misfired on back-to-back three-point attempts.
credit today,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “They stuck to a
gameplan for 40 minutes. When adversity hit, players stepped up for
them. They stayed together, even when we tried to make our run at the
end. We are going to go back and look at the things at challenged us.
offensive rebounds in the first half really set the tone for Florida.
When you watch their intensity of getting on the glass in the first
half, they sent a message. Hustle plays really generated that energy
they needed. I was disappointed in our inability to play for 40
The Gators (12-6, 2-3) snapped a two-game losing
streak after three close defeats in SEC play. It was just Florida’s
second win against LSU in the past 10 years since winning in overtime
in 2006. The Lady Tigers had won five in a row in the series all by
double-digits. The 62 points were the most allowed by LSU since its
loss to Ohio State.
Courtney Jones finished with 15 points to
go along with eight rebounds. Senior forward LaSondra Barrett notched
her second double-double of the season and 14th of her career with 17
points and 11 rebounds. LSU struggled offensively and shot just 36.4
percent for the game.
Florida’s Jennifer George, who
entered Sunday as one of the top scorers and rebounders in the SEC, was
plagued with foul trouble for most of the game, but LSU was unable to
take advantage of it. The Lady Tigers dug themselves a 32-25 deficit at
the half as Florida converted 11 of those points on second-chance
opportunities. The Gators increased the advantage to double digits and
maintained it for most of the second half.
Florida led 55-41 with 6:36 on the clock until LSU scored 12 in a row to make a game of it.
Jones buried a deep three that made it 48-38, but LSU’s Courtney Jones
converted a pair of old fashioned three-point plays culminating at the
2:35 mark that pulled the Lady Tigers to within two at 55-53. George
then converted a layup on the other end and Bianca Lutley misfired a
three. Jaterra Bonds nailed two free throws and the Gators iced the
game at the line in the final 1:23.
“When playing catch up
there is usually a series there where you either tie it or you pull
ahead, but if you don’t get to that tie, it exhausts you,” said
Caldwell. “In three or four SEC games we have had to play catch up. We
have proven that we can come back but we continue to dig ourselves a
hole. Today, we weren’t able to come out of that hole.”
plays its second straight road game when it travels to sixth-ranked
Tennessee for a 6 p.m. CT Thursday tipoff. The contest will be
televised by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and picked up by Cox 4 in
Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It will also be carried on the LSU Sports
Radio Network on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and in the Geaux Zone on
“We Back Pat” week will be
celebrated throughout the SEC and its member institutions. The
week-long initiative is focused on bringing awareness and recognition
to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of
Middle Tennessee and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease.