BIMINI, Bahamas – The LSU Girls’s Basketball present took to the street Thursday because the No. 12 Tigers (6-0) took down George Mason (3-4), 80-52 in its first sport 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 out her LSU profession. She’s had at the least 15 rebounds in every of the previous 5 video games and has had a career-high 19 in two straight. Freshman ahead Sa’Myah Smith got here off the bench and had a career-high 14 factors and ahead LaDazhia Williams scored 13 as LSU’s posts had been dominant.
“We wished to get the ball inside early and we did,” stated LSU coach Kim Mulkey. “I’ve obtained to return and watch movie and ask if we didn’t get the ball in there within the second half.”
Alexis Morris completed with 13 factors and freshman Flau’jae Johnson had 10 as she has nonetheless scored in double figures each sport of her school profession to date.
LSU’s streak of consecutive video games got here to an finish on Thursday at 5 video games because the Tigers had been unable to succeed in the century mark. At the least one NCAA DI staff had a streak of six straight 100-point video games and it was the 1981-82 Louisiana Tech staff that Mulkey was a participant on.
The Patriots had been led by Sonia Smith with 15 and Taylor Jameson with 11. Thirty of George Mason’s 66 subject purpose makes an attempt got here from behind the arc, however the Patriots shot simply 20-percent from downtown.
LSU showcased its expertise within the first half, leaping out to a fast and explosive lead. However George Mason responded within the second half, scoring 33 factors over the ultimate two quarters.
“We pressured quite a lot of missed photographs (within the first half),” stated Coach Mulkey. “We gave them one alternative within the first and we obtained out and we ran. We did not do this within the second half and their protection did not change.
The Tigers began the sport on an early 8-0 run and half of these factors got here from the free throw line as Reese and Johnson each began 2-2 on the stripe. By way of the primary 5 minutes of the sport, Reese tallied 6 factors and 6 rebounds, on the lookout for her sixth consecutive double-double. Reese completed the quarter with 10 factors and eight rebounds because the Tigers ended the quarter with a 27-9 lead.
Simply 4 minutes into the second quarter Reese picked up her tenth rebound and secured her sixth double-double via six video games as a Tiger. LSU ended the quarter on a 10-1 run to place the Tigers up by 29 earlier than the half, 48-19. Morris scored 10 within the first half.
By way of the primary two quarters the Tigers shot 65.5-percent from the sphere and held the Patriots to 24.2-percent. LSU scored 32 of its factors within the paint and added 10 extra off turnovers. The Tigers had been dominant within the paint on either side as they pressured the Patriot offense to take perimeter photographs late within the shot clock. George Mason went 2-16 from three within the first half and scored simply 10 factors within the paint.
After a gradual begin to the third quarter LSU prolonged its result in 34 factors. Each groups discovered themselves on the line as there have been a mixed 11 private fouls dedicated within the third. George Mason went 4-4 and LSU went 7-8. LSU gave up 18 within the third and headed into the ultimate quarter with a 71-37 lead.
George Mason refused to go quietly although because the Patriots fought arduous within the fourth quarter, making it tough for the Tigers to attain and rebounding relentlessly on either side of the ball. LSU held sturdy although for his or her sixth consecutive win out of the gates.
“Fatigue set in,” Coach Mulkey defined. “We have got to get in higher form. We did not defend good within the second half and did not rebound arduous and I feel George Mason had just a bit toughness about them within the fourth quarter.”
With the win, LSU will match up in opposition to UAB on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. That sport can even stream on FloHoops. UAB and George Mason will play Friday afternoon.