ESTERO, Fla. — The LSU women’s basketball team improved to 4-3 on the year with a 72-49 win over Marist in the second round of the Gulf Coast Showcase here at the Germain Arena.
Alexis Hyder led the Lady Tigers with her second double-double of the season with a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Hyder hit 6-of-10 shots from the field and 7-of-9 shots from the free-throw line. She posted her first double-double of the season with 15 rebounds and 15 points against UL-Monroe.
“I saw Alexis Hyder take on ownership of this team,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “She is definitely a player who can score the basketball from the perimeter and inside, but her ability to play away from the basket and give other people open looks is equally important for us.”
The Lady Tigers will face Maine on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the final round of the tournament. Maine lost to Dayton 58-37 in the first round and defeated Missouri State 69-65 on Saturday.
Akilah Bethel scored 13 points and had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“I also have been really pleased with the play of Akilah Bethel,” Fargas said. “She is really playing like that veteran senior player that you want on the floor. She is playing under control, and she is assisting with helping bring the ball down against pressure, and defensively, she has been all over the place for us.”
Rina Hill added 10 points and four assists.
LSU turned the ball over four times and forced Marist into 14 turnovers. LSU outrebounded the Red Foxes 44-27, the most rebounds for the Lady Tigers this season.
“I thought the play of our guards really changed the tempo of the game,” Fargas said. “I thought we really bounced back with our defensive effort. Offensively, we did a nice job of giving ourselves easy opportunities to score the basketball by taking care of the basketball.”
Allie Clement led Marist in scoring with 11 points. She was 4-of-10 from the field and hit three of Marist’s seven 3-pointers. Claire Oberdorf led the Red Foxes in rebounding with five.
The Lady Tigers return home to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday against Texas Southern.