LONG BEACH, Calif. — Sheila Boykin posted her second straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, but the LSU women’s basketball team fell 59-44 at Long Beach State on Tuesday night at Walter Pyramid.
LSU (4-5) had its two-game winning streak end as the Lady Tigers played their first road game. Long Beach State (9-1) scored the first 15 points and led wire-to-wire to extend its run to seven straight wins.
Boykin scored eight of her 10 points during the second half and added a career-high 12 rebounds, with seven of them coming on the offensive end.
DaShawn Harden chipped in 11 points but was 5-for-18 from the floor. It was the fifth straight game that Harden reached double figures for the Lady Tigers.
Akilah Bethel nearly collected her first career double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, while Raigyne Moncrief tacked on eight points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
The 49ers made six of their first eight shots, highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers to build a 15-0 advantage in the opening 3:37. Anna Kim, one of four Long Beach State players to reach double figures, bookended the flurry with 3s.
The Beach grabbed its largest lead at 22-2 before LSU began to chip away. The Lady Tigers used a Stephanie Amichia second-chance layup followed consecutive Moncrief buckets to draw back to 30-18 heading into the locker room.
Down 40-28 at the 11:20 mark of the second half, LSU ran off 11 of the next 14 points over the next four-plus minutes. The Lady Tigers got the ball in the interior as Bethel, Harden and Hill connected for layups. Harden tallied three of the five paint buckets to make it 43-39 with 6:49 remaining.
After a timeout, Long Beach State received a critical 3 courtesy of Lauren Spargo, who finished with a game-leading 14 points. The Lady Tigers missed jumpers on their next two possessions, followed by a turnover.
Conversely, the 49ers drained four free throws and added a layup to stretch their lead back to 52-39 with 5:09 to go. Long Beach State closed out the victory with a 16-5 run over the final 6:49 off the clock.
The Lady Tigers visit UC Santa Barbara at 9:30 p.m. Friday.