The No. 12 LSU women’s basketball team (17-3, 5-2 SEC) hits the road Thursday to face Arkansas (13-6, 3-3 SEC) in Bud Walton Arena at 7:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network in a matchup of the SEC’s two highest-rated teams.
“They live by threes, layups and free throws,” LSU head coach Kim Mulkey said. “It’s an extremely difficult match for our big guys.”
The Tigers are looking to rebound after dropping a point Sunday in Florida. Senior guard Khayla Pointer had 35 points, becoming the first LSU player since Seimone Augustus in 2006 (also in a one-point loss at Florida) to drop 35 to an opponent.
Pointer was the only player to finish in double digits on Sunday, just the second time this season that LSU has failed to get multiple players to double digits. The Tigers turned the ball over 19 times, which Mulkey pointed out can’t happen, especially on the road. That hasn’t generally been a problem for the Tigers who have top-5 rotation margin and assist-to-rotation ratio in the conference.
“There is nothing to change; It’s not broken,” Mulkey said. “We are 17-3. We were lucky to win a game on the road in a hard-fought game against a talented team playing their best basketball.
Pointer is just five rebounds away from becoming the first player in LSU history with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds.
Arkansas takes nearly half of their shots from beyond the three-point line, and the Razorbacks make 34 percent of their three-point attempts (Second’s No. 3). They’re making more than 9 three-pointers per game and attempting nearly 30, so LSU’s defense will need to stretch further.
“We’re going to try to be who we are and protect them,” Mulkey said. “If it doesn’t work, we will make adjustments.
“They also have to guard us.”
The Razorbacks are getting production from all over the field averaging five players in double digits. Makayla Daniels is averaging 14.7 ppg, Amber Ramirez is averaging 13.1, Sasha Goforth is averaging 11.6, and Samara Spencer and Erynn Barnum are averaging 10.2 ppg.
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