A Breanna Stewart-less No.1 UConn Huskies easily topped the LSU women’s basketball team 86-40 in Hartford, CT on Monday. The 40 points scored by the Tigers marks a season-low, a poor performance from what was already one of the worst offenses in the conference and in the country. LSU went just 16-54, 29%, from the field with two starters failing to record a field goal. The Tigers combined for a paltry 14 points in the first half and just one Tiger, Rina Hill, hit double-digit points with ten. 86 points from UConn was also a season-high in points allowed for the Tigers. The 46 point difference was the largest margin of defeat for by an LSU women’s basketball team since 2003 when the Tigers lost by 37 to Penn State.
UConn out performed LSU in every major statistical category, except free throws. The Tigers hit all seven of their free throws. UConn was 71% on 15 of 21 free throws. Composure was another area LSU struggled in when Akilah Bethel was assessed a flagrant foul after she grabbed the leg of UConn’s Gabby Williams, who was going for a rebound, and pulled Williams to the floor. Williams would eventually walk off the court.
LSU was not favored in this game and even with the Huskies not having the two-time National Player of the Year in Stewart available, it was going to take a lot for LSU to secure this win. Still, the LSU offense is a big point of concern and even against a team the caliber of the Huskies some of the LSU totals were alarming.
The Tigers are off for a week before concluding the out-of conference portion of the season against Samford in Baton Rouge. Conference play starts the following Sunday against Alabama.