It was another game to forget for the LSU women’s basketball team, falling to Auburn 63-53 in Baton Rouge.
The LSU offense continued to struggle as it has all season, with the unit shooting just 33% from the field versus Auburn. LSU did get a solid performance out of Alexis Hyder, who had a game high 17 points. Akilah Bethel, Jasmine Rhodes and Anne Pederson also scored in double figures.
LSU started the game on a 6-0 run, but quickly squandered that lead and found themselves down 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. Roughly two minutes into the second quarter, LSU tied the game at 12 only to have Auburn go up a few seconds later. Auburn would be up by four going into the half.
As been the case most of the season, the wheels began to fall off for LSU, as Auburn grew its lead and ended the third quarter up by six. Auburn pushed its lead to double-digits roughly half way through the fourth quarter and although LSU squared 24 fourth quarter points, it was not enough to secure the victory.
Even with Hyder having a game high nine rebounds, LSU was still out rebounded 36-28. Auburn was able to score 26 points off LSU 24 turnovers compared to 18 points LSU scored off 30 Auburn turnovers.
This is another disappointing, but expected loss for the Tigers. Nikki Fargas had just seven players to start this game.
LSU also enters what the toughest stretch of the season is with six of its final seven games coming against currently ranked teams. If there is a positive it is that LSU does have four home games during that stretch to wrap up the season.