Missouri women's basketball falls to LSU
BATON ROUGE - The Mizzou Women’s basketball team were back in action Tuesday in Baton Rouge, taking on LSU in a battle of the Tigers.
Missouri’s Tigers were coming off of win over Auburn over a week ago and looked to stay on the winning track after dropping back to back road games against South Carolina and Kentucky. It was not to be, however, as the Tigers of LSU took this one 61-51.
Both teams struggled to get much going early as they traded turnovers and fouls as well as the occasional basket. Ayana Mitchell of LSU led all scorers after the first quarter with eight, as Mizzou star Sophie Cunningham finished the quarter with just three points. Despite that, it was Missouri holding a 13-12 lead after one quarter of play.
The second period of play started better for Mizzou, stretching their lead out to seven on a pair of Cunningham three pointers. LSU had cut the deficit to five again when Cunningham committed her second foul with 4:18 left in the first half, which would grow to become significant later.
By half the lead was down to just two points at 23-21. The third quarter started with baskets traded back and forth, and lots of fouling by LSU. Mizzou could not take advantage before the officials started blowing the whistle on them.
LSU went up 34-33 on a Kayla Pointer free throw. Sophie Cunningham responded with two free throws of her own before Faustine Aifuwa put in a jumper with 1:58 left in the third quarter to make it 36-35. The Tigers of LSU didn’t look back, stretching the lead out to 42-36 by the end of the quarter.
It was more of the same in the fourth, with LSU stretching the lead to 10. To add insult to injury, Sophie Cunningham fouled out with 4:40 left, making any hope at a comeback bleak. It would finish 61-51.
Despite fouling out, Cunningham led Mizzou with 14 points. Ayana Mitchell led LSU with 17.
Missouri will look to get back on track Thursday when they host No.18 Texas A&M.