The high of upsetting No.24 Tennessee on Sunday came to an end Thursday when the Tigers dropped a 82-56 contest to Florida.
Although the final score wasn't close, the Tigers looked competitive early and although they never led in the game, entered the second quarter down just five and halftime down by eight. LSU kept the game close with its offense shooting 54% from the field and 66% from the free throw line.
In the second half, the Tiger offense went cold going just 28% from the field, while the Gator offense began to hit its stride, shooting 50% from the field. Florida’s lead ballooned to 15 at the end of the third and the final margin of victory, 26, was the largest of the evening. Florida was able to capitalize off of 30 LSU turnovers while shooting 42 % from three point range.
The Tigers had three scorers in double figures with Rina Hill’s 11, Akilah Bethel’s 10 and Alexis Hyder’s 14. Hyder also had her ninth double-double of the season with her points and 12 rebounds.
Before the game LSU honored its seniors Bethel, Ann Jones and Anne Pedersen. All three players had at least two appearances in the NCAA Tournament with the Tigers.
LSU’s regular season will mercifully come to an end against #3 South Carolina in Columbia.