The LSU women's basketball crushed the Ole Miss Rebels 76-57, to secure their first win of 2016 and in the process, snapped a four-game losing streak.
LSU's offense finally came through with three Tigers scoring in double-figures.
Alexis Hyder had arguably her best performance since coming to Baton Rouge, tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds along with an assist and a blocked shot. Not to be outdone Jenna Deemer led all scorers with 19 points, going 3-3 from 3-point range. Akilah Bethel post 16 points in the Tigers strong offensive performance.
Once again Nikki Fargas opted to use all three players off the bench.
In another twist, the Tigers dominated the second half, something the team had generally struggled with throughout the season. After entering the break up by seven, LSU would go up by ten late in the third quarter, and maintained a double-digit lead.
LSU's defense also deserves some credit. As of Monday, Ole Miss averaged 76.2 PPG, 34th nationally. The Tigers held Ole Miss to just 30% shooting from the field.
If there is an obvious negative from this game it is that the Tigers lost the battle of turnovers, 20-18, even with a new, added emphasis on fixing the turnovers.
Ultimately, this is game is a big positive. Yes, Ole Miss is not the best team. Still, it was encouraging to see the Tiger offense finally play well. Specifically, it was good to see Deemer and Hyder leading the offensive charge, while also finding a third scoring contributor in Bethel.
LSU actually had two players, Ann Jones and Shanice Norton, came within a field goal of logging double-digit points against the Rebels.
The Tigers shooting 60 percent in the second half and 50 for the game, are likely not sustainable for the rest of the season, but perhaps the Ole Miss game can spark some momentum.
Up next for the Tigers is Texas A&M, Sunday in Baton Rouge.