No. 22 Tigers reach 100-point barrier, extend win streak to seven

LSU's Faustine Aifuwa (24) and Jailin Cherry (1) go up to secure a rebound during Wednesday's game with Alcorn State. PHOTO BY: LSU Athletics.

For the first time in 11 years the LSU women’s basketball team reached 100 points in a game and for the second straight game all of the Tigers available players scored in a convincing 100-36 victory Wednesday over Alcorn State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

No. 22 ranked LSU (8-1), which won its seventh straight game, scored 100 points for the first time since 2010 in a triple-overtime loss to Ole Miss. The last time the Tigers put up 100 in regulation was in 2006 against Eastern Washington.

The Tigers will be back in the PMAC on Saturday at noon to host Bradley which has been scheduled in place of the originally scheduled game with New Orleans. Because of the cancellation with because of health and safety protocols within the UNO program, tickets for the UNO game will be valid for Saturday’s LSU-Bradley matchup.

Khayla Pointer finished with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, her third double-double this season and seventh of her career. It was the sixth straight game she reached double-digit points. She also led LSU with 4 assists.

Other standouts for the Tigers included the likes of Alexis Morris, Ajae Petty, Grace Hall and Sarah Shemasti.

Senior guard Alexis Morris had 14 points off of 7-11 shooting, while freshmen Timia Ware and Grace Hall reached double-digits for the first time of their careers with 11 and 10, respectively, leading an LSU bench that put up 54 combined points.

LSU shot 61.3-percent from the field, going over 60-percent and limited Alcorn State to just 26-percent shooting, tying an LSU opponent season low. The Tigers had a season-high 17 steals and forced 26 turnovers that led to 36 points.

“When you shoot that high of a percentage, you’re going to win basketball games,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said. “Defensively we held Alcorn to 26-percent shooting from the field and we also had 17 steals. Activity. Just be active. Win the games you’re supposed to win and win them decisively. I think we have done that the last couple of games.”

LSU, trailing 2-0, put together a 10-0 run with Morris scoring six points. Cherry, who returned for the first since leaving the Iowa State game on Dec. 2 with a knee injury, came off the bench and made her first shot attempt. The Tigers had seven steals in the first quarter that led to 15 fastbreak points, resulting in 26-9 lead after the first quarter which represented a season-high points scored in the opening quarter.

Reserves Timia Ware, Ajae Petty and Shematsi combined on a 9-0 run which led to a 49-17 halftime lead with Pointer and Morris both reaching double figures in the first half.

LSU put together another decisive run, this time 11-0, early in the third quarter to push its lead to 60-19 and when Amani Bartlett grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, the Tigers led 72-30 going into the final quarter.

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