COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Despite a comeback effort in the third quarter, the LSU women’s basketball team dropped a 68-54 decision to the 12th-ranked Texas A&M on Thursday.
Jenna Deemer and Ann Jones were back in the lineup for the game after missing a majority of the SEC action. Deemer hit her first shot attempt, a 3-pointer, with 4:23 left in the first quarter. Deemer finished the game with nine points and two steals. Jones scored two points on free throws and pulled down just one rebound.
Unlike in the first meeting when Texas A&M outscored LSU, 23-7, in the third quarter, the Lady Tigers won the third, 19-14, and were down by five points, 48-43, heading into the fourth period. Deemer hit a quick jumper to pull the Tigers to within three points, 48-45, but A&M scored five unanswered points to jump ahead, 53-45. The three points was as close as LSU would get and A&M ultimately took a 15-point lead, 66-51, with a minute and a half left in the game.
Rina Hill led the Lady Tigers with 14 points for her fifth double-digit scoring effort in the last seven games. She was 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. Alexis Hyder also scored in double figures with 13 points off a 5-of-11 effort from the field and a 3-of-4 showing from the charity stripe. Akilah Bethel, who led the Lady Tigers with 10 rebounds, also chipped in nine points. It was just the second time this season she has registered 10 or more boards. Anne Pedersen posted five points while Jasmine Rhodes chipped in two points.
Texas A&M dominated the boards, 40-26, and scored 18 points off 13 LSU turnovers.
Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 17 points and six rebounds. Courtney Walker and Chelsea Jennings also had double-digit scoring efforts with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Jordan Jones had nine of Texas A&M’s 15 assists. Anriel Howard and Walker paced A&M with seven rebounds apiece.
The Lady Tigers will host Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.