Even as the calendar changes, the results for the LSU women’s basketball team stay the same, dropping their fourth straight, and SEC opener, 62-45 to Alabama. The offense, worst in the conference, failed to score 50 points for the third consecutive game.
Rina Hill was the lone bright spot in this game, leading the Tigers with 15 points while contributing four rebounds and three assists. This marked the second straight game where head coach Nikki Fargas opted to use LSU’s leading scorers, Alexis Hyder and Jenna Deemer, off the bench versus in the starting lineup. Deemer played just 16 minutes. In her last two games she played 30 and 25 minutes, respectively. Another downfall in this game was turnovers. The Tigers gave up the ball 25 times compared to 17 by the Tide.
Despite the lopsided final score, the Tigers were very much in this game. LSU led for most of the first half and actually held a lead as large as seven midway through the first quarter, before Bama took a three point lead into the half. In the second half the Tigers could never catch up, with Alabama outscoring the Tigers 32-19.
LSU’s offensive struggles are by no means new, but they could very well be exposed even further now that the Tigers are in conference play. Alabama is not considered to be one of the top teams in the conference, at the moment. The Tigers were not expected to compete with the top teams in the conference, but if the mid-tier teams like Alabama are handling the Tigers, the next few months will be tough to endure.