|Monday Women's Hoops RESULTS
|LSU 83, Indiana State 66
|Auburn 62, Tulane 52
|Texas A&M 72, San Diego State 35
|Vanderbilt 92, East Tennessee State 71
No. 13 LSU Downs Indiana State for Fifth Straight Win
BATON ROUGE -- Freshman Raigyne Moncrief led four Lady Tigers in double figures scoring with 22 points, as the No. 13 LSU women's basketball team dominated Indiana State, 83-66, for its fifth straight win in front of a mostly kid-filled crowd of 6,105 on Tuesday afternoon in the Maravich Center.
Over 5,000 East Baton Rouge Parish School kids were invited to attend the game as part of a field trip to campus. They showed up loud and proud. Following the win, each Lady Tiger went into the stands to thank those who showed up for the matinee tipoff. Players signed autographs and took photos.
“This was such a fun atmosphere,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “To have all of the kids here was special for our team. We talked about that in pregame to our team about the kids coming out. One day they may want to play basketball. I hope we came out and showed to our fans how hard we work and how much fun we have playing this game we love. Thanks to everyone who attended.”
LSU (7-1) put an exclamation mark on its final action prior to final exams. The Lady Tigers will take a five-game winning streak into their next contest which will not be until Dec. 15 at Arkansas-Little Rock. Tuesday’s tilt was the third in five days for LSU, who the Barclays Invitational in Brooklyn, N.Y., last weekend with victories over Rutgers and Michigan.
Moncrief, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, shot 8-of-11 from the floor while finishing with nine rebounds, six assists and six steals. It was her second 20-plus point game in her last three games.
“She (Moncrief) did a nice job across the board getting herself to the free throw line, making the extra pass, and really coming up with some steals to get our transition game going,” said Caldwell. “She’s showcasing that she can play on both sides of the basketball. She’s showing that she’s not only an explosive offensive player, but that’s she even more so explosive on the defensive end.”
Senior forward Shanece McKinney earned the start and responded with 13 points – her third consecutive double-figure scoring game – and three blocks. Derreyal Youngblood and Theresa Plaisance each added 10 points. Senior guard Jeanne Kenney grabbed a career-high and game-high 11 rebounds with six assists in 25 minutes.
As a team, LSU’s unselfish play led to 36 made field goals on a season-best 25 assists. The Lady Tigers shot a season-high 54.5 percent from the floor and forced the Sycamores into 23 turnovers.
LSU built a 45-25 halftime advantage highlighted by a 12-2 run midway through the first stanza. Moncrief delivered 15 points in the first half, while Kenney collected eight boards in the first 20 minutes.
Indiana State buried two threes in the first six minutes of the second half to come within 47-36 with 14:43 to play. However, Moncrief and Plaisance took over the game. Following an Anne Pedersen three from the top of the key, Moncrief and Plaisance combined for 12 of LSU’s next 14 points.
McKinney’s layup at the 6:23 mark gave the Lady Tigers their largest advantage, 69-43.
Anna Munn led Indiana State with 24 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
LSU out-rebounded the Sycamores, 47-28, and dominated points in the paint, 54-24.
Auburn Women's Basketball Holds On For 62-52 Win Over Tulane
AUBURN, Ala. -The Auburn women's basketball team (5-3) defeated Tulane (4-3) 62-52 Tuesday night at the Auburn Arena. Five Tigers scored in double figures in the win, the first time for Auburn to do so since last January.
Senior Tyrese Tanner notched her second double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. It was Tanner's third career double-double.
"I thought Tyrese was solid," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We put her back at the top of the press, and she's great at the top of the press."
Freshman Brandy Montgomery followed Tanner in scoring with 11 points. Montgomery has scored in double figures six out of seven games this season. Junior Hasina Muhammad, sophomore Tra'Cee Tanner and freshman Katie Frerking tallied 10 points each.
For Auburn, it was the first time since its game against Tennessee on Jan. 17, 2013 for five players to score in double figures.
Auburn scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed while picking up its fifth win on the season. Tulane closed the game to three with 16:24 to go in the half, but a 14-2 Tiger run midway through the half put the Green Wave in a hole it would not get out of.
The Tigers led 37-20 at halftime and built their lead to as many as 21 early in the second half, but Tulane didn't back down and made a run of its own late in the game.
The Green wave cut the lead to seven with 5:29 left in the game, thanks in part to 23 second-half free throw attempts. Auburn held the Green Wave off, though, and picked up the 62-52 win.
Tulane was led by Jamie Kaplan with 18 points while Tiffany Dale notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Adesuwa Ebomwonyi pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for Tulane.
After five games away from Auburn Arena, Tuesday night's win was the first of four-straight home games for the Tigers.
"It's nice to finally play at home," Williams-Flournoy said. "Just the comfort of home, with your own fans, makes life a little easier."
Auburn will return to the court on Friday, Dec. 6 as the Tigers take on St. Johns. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Auburn Arena.
No. 23 Aggies Dominate San Diego State 72-35
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- No. 23 Texas A&M led wire-to-wire to win in convincing fashion, 72-35, over San Diego State. Karla Gilbert and Courtney Williams each had double doubles for the Aggies, and were two of four Aggies in double figures.
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair earned his 650th career win, becoming the 19th women’s basketball coach, and the fifth coach who coached in the SEC, to reach that milestone.
"Our team was ready to play tonight," said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. "Tonight we had some good moments and we had some bad moments. Jordan Jones did an excellent job of dissecting the zone and getting some easy layups."
This was the 62nd consecutive non-conference home win over an unranked opponent for the Aggies, and pushed their record to 22-1 against unranked opponents at home since 2011-12
The Aggies (5-2) jumped out on an 11-0 run to start the game, led by four points from Courtney Walker. A&M held San Diego State (1-5) to 21% shooting in the first half, to take a 31-14 lead at the break. This was the 10th time since the start of 2012-13, and second time this season, that the Aggies held an opponent to 20-or-fewer first half points.
The Aggies shot 44.4% from the field and was 2-of-2 from beyond the arc in the second half, outscoring the Aztecs 41-21 in the second half en route to victory. Blair used that as an opportunity to empty the bench, as Allison Chu picked up her first career rebound and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar made her first appearance on the basketball floor, fresh off of soccer season.
Karla Gilbert led the Aggies with 16 points and 11 rebounds, including a career-high eight offensive boards. Gilbert earned her second career double double, both of which have come in a span of a week after earning a double double against Memphis on Nov. 28.
Courtney Williams had her first career double double, including a career-high 12 rebounds. Williams reached double figures in points for the second time in three games.
Chelsea Jennings had her first career double-digit scoring game, posting a career-high 10 points, and matching a season-high with five rebounds. Courtney Walker joined the others in double figures, scoring 10+ points for the sixth straight game.
Jordan Jones matched her career-high with her second career 10-assist performance.
The Aggies return to action on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. as Pac-12 foe Washington visits Reed Arena.
Commodores make it four straight with win over ETSU
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After six lead changes in the first 15 minutes of play the Vanderbilt women's basketball team pulled away, scoring 58 second half points, to beat East Tennessee State 92-71 at Memorial Gym, Tuesday night. Senior guard Jasmine Lister led the Commodores to their fourth-straight victory with a season high 26 points, 10 of which coming from the free throw line. Heather Bowe added a career-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
The `Dores shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the floor and hit 29-of-38 from the free throw line.
ETSU shot 41 percent (25-of-61) and 8-of-25 from outside the arc.
Vanderbilt will be back in action on Sunday, December 15 when it heads to Hartford to take on the Hawks.