BASKETBALL

LSU women even up record with blowout of SLU

Matt Dunaway
LSU's DaShawn Harden. Photo by LSUsports.net.

DaShawn Harden poured in 20 points, fueled by a quartet of 3-pointers to match a career-high as the LSU women’s basketball team returned to action from its final exams break with a convincing 75-42 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at the Maravich Center.

The Lady Tigers (4-4) used solid contributions from all five members of their starting lineup, who amassed 59 of the team’s 75 points, 40 of the team’s 53 rebounds and 19 of the team’s 20 assists. LSU also secured its 21st straight victory over Southeastern Louisiana (3-6) dating back to the 1980-81 season.

Harden’s 20 points enabled her to reach double figures for the fourth consecutive game and were the most scored by a LSU player this season. She also racked up 20 points versus Stephen F. Austin last season during her LSU debut. Harden also collected career-highs with nine rebounds and four assists to go along with four steals.

Sheila Boykin turned in her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds over 19 minutes of action. She was 6-of-8 from the floor and registered seven of her 10 rebounds on the offensive end.

Anne Pedersen chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. It was Pedersen’s third effort in double figures on the season.

Raigyne Moncrief nearly compiled the fourth triple-double in program history. She distributed a career-high nine assists against only one turnover coupled with nine rebounds and eight points. Akilah Bethel picked up nine points and seven rebounds.

LSU’s bench effort was sparked by Jenna Deemer’s seven points and three rebounds. Rina Hill came away with five points, while Stephanie Amichia tallied four points and three rebounds.

The Lady Tigers were 32-of-74 shooting and drained a season’s-best seven 3-pointers. LSU also worked its way to a 53-38 rebounding advantage and doubled up the Lady Lions by a 32-16 margin in paint points.