BIMINI, Bahamas – The LSU Women’s Basketball clearly show took to the highway Thursday as the No. 12 Tigers (6-) took down George Mason (3-4), 80-52 in its initial game of the Goombay Splash in The Bimini, Bahamas.
Angel Reese led the tigers with 21 factors and 19 rebounds as she secured her sixth consecutive double-double to start her LSU vocation. She’s had at the very least 15 rebounds in each of the previous 5 games and has experienced a profession-superior 19 in two straight. Freshman ahead Sa’Myah Smith came off the bench and had a profession-substantial 14 details and forward LaDazhia Williams scored 13 as LSU’s posts were dominant.
“We wished to get the ball within early and we did,” reported LSU mentor Kim Mulkey. “I have acquired to go again and enjoy movie and check with if we did not get the ball in there in the next half.”
Alexis Morris finished with 13 points and freshman Flau’jae Johnson had 10 as she has continue to scored in double figures just about every activity of her school profession so far.
LSU’s streak of consecutive online games arrived to an conclusion on Thursday at 5 game titles as the Tigers were unable to get to the century mark. At least one NCAA DI team experienced a streak of six straight 100-issue games and it was the 1981-82 Louisiana Tech group that Mulkey was a participant on.
The Patriots had been led by Sonia Smith with 15 and Taylor Jameson with 11. 30 of George Mason’s 66 discipline aim makes an attempt arrived from driving the arc, but the Patriots shot just 20-percent from downtown.
LSU showcased its expertise in the very first 50 percent, leaping out to a fast and explosive lead. But George Mason responded in the 2nd 50 %, scoring 33 details around the ultimate two quarters.
“We forced a large amount of missed pictures (in the very first 50 percent),” mentioned Coach Mulkey. “We gave them one opportunity in the very first and we received out and we ran. We didn’t do that in the next 50 percent and their protection didn’t alter.
The Tigers started the game on an early 8- operate and fifty percent of these factors arrived from the cost-free throw line as Reese and Johnson both commenced 2-2 at the stripe. By the very first 5 minutes of the video game, Reese tallied 6 details and 6 rebounds, on the lookout for her sixth consecutive double-double. Reese concluded the quarter with 10 factors and 8 rebounds as the Tigers ended the quarter with a 27-9 lead.
Just four minutes into the second quarter Reese picked up her tenth rebound and secured her sixth double-double through 6 online games as a Tiger. LSU finished the quarter on a 10-1 run to place the Tigers up by 29 in advance of the 50 %, 48-19. Morris scored 10 in the initially half.
Via the initial two quarters the Tigers shot 65.5-p.c from the discipline and held the Patriots to 24.2-%. LSU scored 32 of its details in the paint and additional 10 extra off turnovers. The Tigers were dominant in the paint on both of those sides as they pressured the Patriot offense to acquire perimeter shots late in the shot clock. George Mason went 2-16 from 3 in the initial 50 percent and scored just 10 factors in the paint.
Following a sluggish commence to the third quarter LSU prolonged its guide to 34 details. Equally groups located themselves at the line as there were a merged 11 private fouls fully commited in the 3rd. George Mason went 4-4 and LSU went 7-8. LSU gave up 18 in the 3rd and headed into the remaining quarter with a 71-37 guide.
George Mason refused to go quietly however as the Patriots fought challenging in the fourth quarter, creating it challenging for the Tigers to score and rebounding relentlessly on both sides of the ball. LSU held robust although for their sixth consecutive gain out of the gates.
“Tiredness established in,” Coach Mulkey described. “We’ve obtained to get in greater shape. We did not protect fantastic in the next half and did not rebound tough and I consider George Mason experienced just a little toughness about them in the fourth quarter.”
With the get, LSU will match up towards UAB on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. That match will also stream on FloHoops. UAB and George Mason will engage in Friday afternoon.