LSU women drop their fourth straight game

Matt Dunaway
LSU's DaShawn Harden. Photo by

The No. 19 LSU women’s basketball team dropped its fourth consecutive game as Arkansas rallied behind seven three-pointers during the second half to defeat the Lady Tigers by a 57-53 margin Sunday at the Maravich Center.

After yesterday’s action, LSU (18-9, 7-7 SEC) sits in a three-way tie for fifth place with Florida and Vanderbilt in the SEC standings. The four-game losing streak is the longest for the Lady Tigers dating back to the 1994-95 season.

The Razorbacks (18-9, 5-9 SEC) snapped a five-game SEC road losing streak and have won five of the last seven meetings between the two teams since the 2010-11 season. A key to the Arkansas comeback was a 28-14 edge in second chance points.

“It was a tale of two halves, I thought our team really started the game well in the first half by setting the tone,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We did a nice job of keeping a very good basketball team under 20 points. We talked about what we would need to do in the second half. Obviously in the second half, Arkansas did a nice job of rebounding the basketball. You have to finish games off with your defense and your board play. I thought that was a challenge for us, and I thought that hurt us.”

Theresa Plaisance registered 14 points and 10 rebounds en route to her sixth double-double of the season. It was her 17th straight game with double-figures. The 14 points enabled Plaisance to move past DeTrina White (1998-2003) for 22nd place on LSU’s all-time scoring list.

Jeanne Kenney came away with 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. All 10 of Kenney’s points came during the second half. She has reached double-figures in four of her last five outings.

Off the bench, Shanece McKinney notched nine points on 4-of-6 shooting during her 16 minutes of action. DaShawn Harden tacked on eight points and two steals starting in place of Raigyne Moncrief, who missed the contest with an injury. It snapped a streak of 26 consecutive starts for the freshman guard.

Danielle Ballard contributed five points and nine rebounds whereas Sheila Boykin secured four points and six rebounds for the Lady Tigers.

Arkansas was fueled by Jessica Jackson’s 25 points, her second-highest scoring total of the season. She amassed 20 points aided by four triples during the second half. Keira Peak and Bria Pitts chipped in 10 and nine points for the Razorbacks, respectively.