BASKETBALL

Lady Tigers roll to easy win over UNC Greensboro

Matt Dunaway
LSU's Jenna Deemer. Photo by LSUsports.net.

Jenna Deemer paced a balanced attack with 15 points as the LSU women’s basketball team secured a convincing 82-61 victory over UNC Greensboro Sunday at the BankUnited Center to conclude the opening day of the Miami Holiday Tournament.

With the victory, LSU (6-5) advances to face tournament host Miami (9-3) in today’s championship game. The Hurricanes were an 83-47 winner over Florida A&M. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 2:30 p.m. CT.

“This team is learning to play in spurts, and we’re making runs at the right time,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “I feel like we’re moving in the right direction and putting together 40 quality minutes of basketball. I like our play especially in the second half with our ball movement. We were sharing the basketball, and we were looking for the player with the hot hand. Those are the little things we need to do along with making our layups and our free throws.”

Deemer pumped in 10 of her 15 points during the opening half and reached double figures in consecutive games for the first time in her career. The 15 points were one shy of a career-high as the New Orleans native was 6-of-10 from the floor highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers.

Sheila Boykin nearly collected a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Like Deemer, Boykin was one point away from matching a career-best and knocked down six of her seven field goal attempts.

Raigyne Moncrief registered 10 of her 11 points in the second half and hauled down a career-high tying 11 rebounds to notch her second career double-double. She also added five steals and three assists.

Rina Hill tacked on a season’s-best 11 points aided by a flawless 9-for-9 effort at the free throw line. She also handed out three assists.

DaShawn Harden and Ann Jones tallied nine points apiece, while Jasmine Rhodes worked her way to a season-high six points to go along with three steals. Akilah Bethel chipped in eight rebounds couple with a career-high five assists against one turnover.

As a team, LSU was 30-of-69 shooting, which included 21 field goals inside the paint en route to a 42-22 advantage in paint points. The Lady Tigers also racked up 23 of the contest’s 35 points off turnovers, came away with 29 of the game’s 39 second-chance points and put together a healthy 48-24 edge in bench points.