Alexis Morris scored 7 of her career-high 31 points in dominant style over an 11-0 fourth-quarter run for her No. 3 LSU Tigers that made the distinction in a 76-68 success over the Tennessee Lady Volunteers (getting votes, 13 points) in the White Out Game Monday night at the PMAC in Baton Rouge.
The 11-0 run left LSU with a 64-52 lead and 5:20 staying. The Tigers would match that lead margin, their biggest of the 4th, with 3:57 to play. Lady Vol Jordan Horston made a 3 that sufficed to 68-62 at 1:38 staying, however LaDazhia Williams addressed with a brief jumper in the paint and after that the Lady Vols were required to nasty.
To begin the run, Morris transformed on a 3-point play that provided the Tigers a little bit of breathing space at 56-52. About 2 minutes later on, she put her stamp on the video game by merely running through the Tennessee defense for a layup, taking the ball on the taking place belongings and after that doing the specific very same thing for back-to-back layups 18 seconds apart that made ball game 64-52.
Morris displayed her speed all night, slicing through the Lady Vol defense at will, which 18-second stretch simply characterized it. She was likewise lethal from mid-range, with several pull-ups in shift, and included a 1-of-3 efficiency from beyond the arc.
Angel Reese had a hard time early, however ended up with her 21st double-double in a row (18 points, 17 rebounds). She broke Sylvia Fowles’ LSU record for the majority of in a row in the Tigers’ previous video game, which was last Monday. She included her own trigger to the 11-0 run with a steal-turned-fast-break-layup-and-free-throw that made it 60-52 at the 6:10 mark of the 4th.
Morris included 6 rebounds, 3 helps and 5 takes to her stat line, while Reese included 3 swipes to hers. Both were 8-of-9 from the complimentary toss line.
LSU made simply 3 triples to Tennessee’s 8 and the Lady Vols even had a minor edge in basket portion, however the Tigers tried 19 more complimentary tosses and made 17 more.
Down 48-34, Tennessee began changing momentum by requiring LSU into a shot clock offense at the 4:50 mark of the 3rd. The Lady Vols stopped working to score on the taking place belongings, however rapidly required a dive ball and got belongings after the Tigers’ protective rebound. Tennessee once again stopped working to score, as a bad out-of-bounds call turned the ball over to LSU, however once again, the Tigers wouldn’t make it all the method up the court prior to the Lady Vols restored belongings due to the fact that Jordan Walker took the ball near mid-court. That resulted in a Rickea Jackson layup that lastly sufficed to 48-36.
It might have been a dragged-out series simply to get 2 points, however it triggered a 13-2 run that closed the 3rd. On the taking place belongings, Reese dedicated an offending nasty and Jillian Hollingshed then struck a 3 from the left corner for Tennessee to suffice to 48-39. LSU turned it over once again on its next belongings and Jackson followed with a layup that sufficed to 48-41. Reese might have made it 50-41 with complimentary tosses and reached a double-double at the same time, however Lady Vol Sara Puckett would score the video game’s next 6 points after that. She made a layup to suffice to 50-43 and later dedicated an offending nasty, however was rewarded 2 technical complimentary tosses due to the fact that Last-Tear Poa ridiculed her. She made 1-of-2 complimentary tosses and after that buried a 3 on the taking place belongings to suffice to 50-47.
After Jackson made a brief shot in the secret to open the 2nd half, the Tigers went on a 14-3 go to lead 48-34. Threes, one from Jasmine Carson and one from Morris, highlighted the early part of the run and after that Reese got herself opting for the last 4 points of it to get her approximately 8 on the night. On the last basket, she drove from the top of the secret and ended up with a layup.
After a back-and-forth initially 15:45, one group lastly went on a run and it was LSU, 9-0. Sa’Myah Smith and Morris transformed on back-to-back 3-point plays and after that Poa buried a 3 to make it 32-23 Tigers.
Tennessee right away addressed with a 5-0 run of its own. Jasmine Franklin made a layup at 2:25 staying in the 2nd and Tess Darby followed with a trey that sufficed to 32-28 with 1:58 to enter the frame. However, the Lady Vols wouldn’t get any closer over the rest of the very first half.
Jackson ended up with 17 points, 8 boards and 5 assistants. Jordan Walker (3-of-5 from deep) included a Tennessee-high 19 points, 3 helps and 3 takes.