LSU women’s basketball improves national ranking to No. 22

LSU senior guard Alexis Morris (45) is the team's second-leading scorer at 13.6. PHOTO BY: LSU Athletics.

The LSU women’s basketball team climbed two spots the Associated Press Top 25 poll to No. 22 in Monday’s ranking.

The Tigers (7-1) have won six games in a row and are in the AP Poll for the second consecutive week after being ranked No. 24 last week. The Tigers had a light schedule last week because of final exams and won their lone game of the week on Sunday against Texas Southern, 96-55.

LSU has shown significant improvement shooting the ball this season and ranks among the top teams in America when it comes to shooting percentage. The Tigers are shooting the ball 46.7-percent from the field to rank No. 21 in the country and their 38.4-percent from three-point range is the 14th highest in the NCAA and the second highest in the SEC.

Guards Khayla Pointer and Alexis Morris are the team’s leading scorers with Pointer at 17.5 points per game, the fourth best in the conference, while has scored in double figures in each of the seven game’s she played since becoming eligible and averages 13.6 points per game.

During LSU’s lone game of the week against Texas Southern head coach Kim Mulkey saw all13 players that played score the ball. Pointer and Morris scored 13 and 11, respectively, but Faustine Aifuwa led the Tigers with 14 points. Ryann Payne had eight points and she finished with a career-high seven assists while recording no turnovers.

LSU is scheduled to host Alcorn State Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the SEC Network and then the University of New Orleans on Saturday at noon before heading to Florida for two games. The Tigers will take on Clemson and Texas Tech on Dec. 20-21 at the West Palm Beach Invitational.

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