The No. 14 LSU women’s basketball team defeated Mississippi College 88-35 on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in its first of two exhibitions.
“I learned that we have a lot of talent, which I already knew,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said.
Freshman guard Flau’jae Johnson led LSU with 22 points with fellow first-year players Jasmine Carson adding 16 on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point land and Last-Tear Poa had 14 and a team-high six assists.
“I was focused on defense, defense, defense,” said Johnson, a McDonald’s All-American from Georgia. “When I first came here, I told Coach Mulkey, ‘I want to be a scorer.’ She had to sit me down and ask me, ‘You just want to be a one-hit wonder?’ That stuck with me. My focus totally shifted. I focused on defense and then the offense just came. I had good looks and I would just focus on not turning the ball over, and that is what I did. Everything just came natural because of the defense, and I take pride in that.”
LaDazhia Williams and Armani Bartlett topped the Tigers with nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
“It felt great,” Carson said. “I have amazing teammates and an amazing coaching staff. It felt good to put on a jersey and see the fans.
LSU outrebounded Mississippi College 52-33 and scored 31 points off 25 turnovers and had 36 points in the paint.
LSU held Mississippi College to single digits in three of the four quarters and limited them to 10 total points throughout the whole second half.
LSU led 38-25 at the half with nine points from Johnson. The Tigers ended the third quarter on a 15-0 run that included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Johnson just inside the logo at midcourt.
LSU will host its final exhibition next Thursday night at 7:00 PM against Langston. The exhibition will be free to the public and the game will be streamed live on the SEC Network +.