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BATON ROUGE – Morgan Jones converted two free throws with 11.8 seconds left and the 20th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team saw a nine-point second-half lead slip away in a 44-43 loss to Northwestern on Tuesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Lady Tigers (3-2) dropped their second straight game to the Wildcats after falling in the season-opener last season in Evanston. Northwestern (4-0), in its first trip to Baton Rouge, overcame a 33-24 deficit at the 11:29 mark in the second half to record the come-from-behind victory.

LaSondra Barrett led LSU with 11 points – her fifth straight double-figure scoring game – while grabbing five rebounds. Jeanne Kenney dished out a career-best seven assists. Adrienne Webb chipped in eight points and six rebounds in the loss.

“When you come up short, obviously you don’t look at the last possession or the one before that,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “You look at a combination of possessions over the course of the game. We talk about being a 40-minute team and tonight we didn’t play for 40 minutes. We probably had about 15 minutes of good basketball.”

The teams battled to a defensive 19-19 score at the half before the Lady Tigers mounted a 10-0 run on back-to-back jumpers by Webb off turnovers. Webb had six points during the spurt, including a jumper with 11:29 remaining that made it 33-24 LSU. Meanwhile, the Wildcats went six minutes without scoring.

Northwestern clawed its way back and pulled to within one when Kendall Hackney’s bucket closed the deficit to 41-40 with 2:13 left in the game. Barrett responded with two free throws on the other end, but Allison Mocchi drew a foul and made a basket with one second on the shot clock at the 1:24 mark in the game. The Wildcats missed two ensuing breakaway lay-ups and the door remained open when Barrett missed the front in of a one-and-one with 31 seconds left.

Morgan Jones then drove the baseline and got fouled by Taylor Turnbow with 11 seconds left in the game. She made both shots to give Northwestern the lead for good, 44-43. Following an LSU timeout, Theresa Plaisance missed a three from the left wing that went out of bounds and Northwestern inbounded in the final second to escape with the victory.

“We got a good look coming off a penetration drive,” said Caldwell. “Their defense collapsed, but they stuck tight on Jeanne. I think it boils down to the plays leading up to the end of the game. It puts more pressure on the shooter at the end of the game.”

Both teams shot 30 percent from the floor and committed 23 and 22 turnovers, respectively. LSU turned in another stellar defensive performance, limiting an opponent to less than 45 points for the third time in five games.

Brittany Orban finished with a game-high 13 points for the Wildcats.



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