With just seven scholarship players available at tip-off, the depleted Tigers were able to fend off Georgia 53-46, snapping a four game losing streak.
The casualties for this game were Jenna Deemer, who missed her fourth straight, and Ann Jones. Making matters worse, Alexis Hyder and Anne Pederson fouled out of this game. Pederson with 4:21 left in the game and Hyder with under a minute, after the game was out of reach, leaving the Tigers with just five scholarship players in the game’s final seconds.
Like the previous two games, the Tigers came out competitive against the Bulldogs and did not collapse when the situation looked dire. LSU jumped out to an early nine point lead midway through the first quarter and ultimately entered the half up by six. When Georgia retook a one point lead with 4:11 left in the third quarter, it looked as if LSU’s season-long second half issues had reemerged. The Tigers quickly dismissed those concerns by retaking the lead on the following possession which would start a 6-1 run to end the third quarter.
The Tigers were in command for the remainder of the contest and pushed their lead to double figures late in the fourth quarter to secure just the second conference win of the season. A key in the victory was LSU taking advantage of Georgia turnovers, scoring 25 points off 20 bulldog turnovers. Rina Hill led all Tigers in scoring with 14 followed by Shanice Norton’s 12.
The Tigers are a bad team this year, but these last three games have offered a glimmer of hope for the remainder of the season. Although LSU is in last place in the conference, they share a 2-5 record with Georgia and Alabama, and a 2-4 Ole Miss team not far behind. With a 3-4 Missouri team coming up, there is the chance the Tigers can inch a little farther out of the SEC basement.