LSU women's hoops dominates Southeastern 75-42
BATON ROUGE - DaShawn Harden poured in 20 points fueled by a quartet of three-pointers to match a career-high as the LSU women's basketball team returned to action from its final exams break with a convincing 75-42 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at the Maravich Center.
The Lady Tigers (4-4) used solid contributions from all five members of their starting lineup who amassed 59 of the team's 75 points, 40 of the team's 53 rebounds and 19 of the team's 20 assists. LSU also secured its 21 straight victory over Southeastern Louisiana (3-6) dating back to the 1980-81 season.
Harden's 20 points enabled her to reach double figures for the fourth consecutive game and were the most scored by a LSU player this season. She also racked up 20 points versus Stephen F. Austin last season during her LSU debut. Harden also collected career-highs with nine rebounds and four assists to go along with four steals.
Sheila Boykin turned in her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds over 19 minutes of action. She was 6-of-8 from the floor and registered seven of her 10 rebounds on the offensive end.
Anne Pedersen chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. It was Pedersen's third effort in double figures on the season.
Raigyne Moncrief nearly compiled the fourth triple-double in program history. She distributed a career-high nine assists against only one turnover coupled with nine rebounds and eight points. Akilah Bethel picked up nine points and seven rebounds.
LSU's bench effort was sparked by Jenna Deemer's seven points and three rebounds. Rina Hill came away with five points, while Stephanie Amichia tallied four points and three rebounds.
The Lady Tigers were 32-of-74 shooting and drained a season's best seven three-pointers. LSU also worked its way to a 53-38 rebounding advantage and doubled up the Lady Lions by a 32-16 margin in paint points.
The opening four-plus minutes of the contest featured six lead changes, and LSU took the lead for good at 9-7 on a Harden three-pointer with 15:35 remaining.
Ahead 13-12 at the 10:15 mark, the Lady Tigers turned up the defensive intensity and forced Southeastern Louisiana into 18 straight missed field goal attempts. LSU also pumped in 13 consecutive points as five players hit baskets for the Lady Tigers. Three of the buckets were set up by Moncrief assists which included a Bethel jump hook to make it 26-12 with 5:18 to go.
LSU took a 33-14 advantage into the locker room and stretched its lead to as many as 22 points midway through the second half.
Southeastern Louisiana put together a 12-point flurry and drew back to within 10 points at 47-37 with 7:42 left. The Lady Lions were paced by Symone Miller and Elizabeth Styles who garnered 13 and 12 points, respectively.
LSU regained the momentum and charged back with a 12-0 run of their own. Harden ignited the spurt with a midrange jumper followed a Boykin layup off a high-low feed from Moncrief. Pedersen and Harden rattled home three-pointers, while Boykin added jumper inside the paint.
The Lady Tigers would knock down their final six field goals and concluded the game with 26 of the final 29 points over the last 7:09 off the clock for the winning margin of 75-42.
LSU plays its first true road game of the2014-15 season Tuesday at Long Beach State. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. CT from Walter Pyramid.