LSU women roll past Florida Gulf Coast

Matt Dunaway

The No. 12 LSU women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack as seven players collected five-plus points, and the Lady Tigers secured a convincing 69-46 victory over Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday at the Maravich Center.

LSU (9-1) extended its winning streak to seven games and has notched six of its nine victories on the season by double-digits. In the process, the Lady Tigers also avenged a 76-70 road setback to Florida Gulf Coast (5-4) from last season.

"We talked about in the second half how we didn't want to give them a full shot clock because they did such a great job having ball patience and movement without the basketball," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "I'm very proud of our team of taking the challenge and defending 94 feet."

All 10 of LSU's players who saw action scored a point and grabbed a rebound. The Lady Tigers were paced by Raigyne Moncrief, who poured in a team-leading 11 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. It was Moncrief's sixth consecutive and eighth overall double-figure scoring output on the season.

Jasmine Rhodes chipped in 10 points and four steals off the bench. It was the second-highest career scoring performance for Rhodes. Theresa Plaisance came away with nine points and eight rebounds, while DaShawn Harden provided seven points. The trio played a big part in LSU's 35-12 scoring edge in bench points.

LSU connected on 23-of-56 from the floor, 2-of-10 from three-point territory and 21-of-25 at the foul line. The 84.0 percent free throw clip was a season-best for the Lady Tigers.

LSU's defense forced the Eagles into 21 turnovers and scored 33 of the game's 47 points off turnovers. The Lady Tigers also dominated the glass and held a 44-25 rebounding advantage. Jeanne Kenney nearly tallied her first career double-double with eight points and a game-leading 10 rebounds.

Florida Gulf Coast attempted 36 of its 50 field goals from three-point range. The Eagles were 17-of-50 shooting, 12-of-36 from the three-point line and misfired all four of their free throw attempts. Sarah Hanson paced the Eagles with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.