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Women’s Basketball Begins Conference Play

It’s LSU vs. Auburn in the PMAC

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 06 SEC Women’s Tournament - LSU vs Mississippi State

After a rough start to begin the women’s basketball season, LSU (2-4) looks to get back on track Thursday evening inside the PMAC against Auburn (5-3) in the SEC opener.

When we last saw the Lady Tigers, they were wrapping up their second out of conference event in Las Vegas. LSU split the two games, losing to Pacific University on December 19 and beating Loyola Marymount on December 20.

Senior guard Khayla Pointer set a milestone and also played the hero against Loyola. She became the 34th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, crossing the threshold midway through the third quarter.

She also wound up winning the game for LSU. Pointer hit the game-winner with 2.3 seconds to play in the fourth quarter to give LSU a 54-52 win.

Offense continues to be the issue for LSU. The Lady Tigers are 299th in Division I in scoring with 53.5 points per game. Frankly they aren’t shooting well from any area. As a team, LSU is shooting 35 percent from the floor, 27 percent from three and 58 percent from the free throw line. LSU is also getting out-rebounded on a nightly basis; the Lady Tigers have a -4.8 rebounding margin through six games.

LSU enters league play at the bottom of the conference. The SEC has five teams in this week’s AP Top 25 and three—South Carolina (5), Texas A&M (9) and Arkansas (10)—are inside the top 10. An additional three teams, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, were also receiving votes. If Nikki Fargas and her players can’t come up with more offense, it could be a very long year for the Lady Tigers.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00. The game can be watched on SEC Network+ or through the ESPN app.