BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Women’s basketball team hosted Missouri Monday afternoon, looking to get some payback after losing to the Tigers 69-64 in January. The Lady Tigers’ defense did not allow Missouri to score as often as they did in round one, holding the opposing Tigers to just 20 second half points.
“We wanted to be locked in guarding the three-ball. I didn’t think we did a great job in the first half, but I thought in the second half, we did an exceptional job with them only getting two threes in the late minutes of the fourth quarter,” head coach Nikki Fargas said.
This was LSU’s first full game without Ayana Mitchell after the forward suffered a season ending knee injury against Texas A&M on February 2nd, but the team has rallied after losing their leader.
“Ayana going down was something we’ve used to motivate us. It’s pushing us to work harder. It’s a step forward. It’s not a setback. I think that’s been everybody’s mindset,” guard Jaelyn Richard-Harris said.
Faustine Aifuwa continued her strong play on the boards. After totaling 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Texas A&M, Aifuwa followed that game with a 19 point, 16 rebound performance against Missouri.
“I just knew I had to step up. I know my team needs me to rebound, not just offensively but defensively as well, and I just had to be aggressive in the block. Once my confidence goes up, I know that no one can stop me, and I can get every board if I want to,” Aifuwa said.
LSU’s next game is Thursday against Tennessee.