Alabama came into this game on a three-game SEC-win streak, plenty of momentum, and tried to keep LSU from going 20-0 this year.
When the final buzzer sounded, Alabama had a miserable shooting percentage, LSU had a rebound lead and the Tigers went 20-0 out of a 38-point win for the season.
“The biggest positive we’re going to take away tonight is that it’s over at midnight,” head coach Kristy Curry said.
The split came in the second quarter as LSU surpassed Alabama 28-7. The Crimson Tide shot 16 percent from the field and were just one in eight of three in the quarter. The score at the half was 47-18, including a buzzer-beater three by the Tigers.
Alabama looked like a nervous team early on offense, missing wide-open shots and going to ten-of-twenty-five layups, with many of them looking good.
“I thought they shot the ball well and had balance throughout the score sheet,” Curry said, “we can sit here and try to figure it out… but we’re just going to hit reset.”
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Another statistic that dominated LSU was points fewer sales. LSU had a 16-15 turnover advantage but a 22-8 point difference in turnovers. 13 of those 22 points came in the second half.
LSU also dominated the color, with a 42-22 inside advantage that really hurt Alabama throughout the game.
Brittany Davis was held to 11 points on five of fifteen shooting stages, including a one-of-seven mark out of three. She still leads the team in points as there was no other player who was in double figures.
On the bright side, the defensive effort for Alabama has been there. While 89 points looks poor, the defense has been struggling in defense, with Alabama drawing some attacks in the first half and quarterfinals being close in the second half.
LSU’s top scorer Angel Reese stayed on just 14 points, a season low. They could use other players to score as three other players scored over 15 points.
Karly Weathers showed plenty of hustle in her 20 minutes of play, recording four points, three rebounds and three assists. Sarah Ashlee Barker was good in the third quarter too. She had nine points with four rebounds before fouling early in the fourth.
Alabama needs to reset before they travel to Arkansas, a team they’ve been battling lately. If tonight’s performance crosses over to Fayetteville, Alabama has a really good chance of earning the win in a matchup against South Carolina.