ATHENS, Ga. — Despite a depleted roster, the LSU women’s basketball team pulled out a 53-46 win over Georgia to snap a four-game Southeastern Conference losing streak Sunday Afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Rina Hill scored 14 points for the Lady Tigers (8-12, 2-5). Jasmine Rhodes led LSU with a career-high five steals, four assists and a career-tying nine rebounds.
Shanice Norton scored 12 points, and Alexis Hyder and Akilah Bethel each added 10.
Georgia ( 14-6, 2-5) was paced by Tiaria Griffin, who scored 13 points, and Shacobia Barbee, who had 12 points and seven rebounds. Marjorie Butler added four assists and three steals.
The Lady Tigers were again with a short roster of just seven scholarship players and one walk-on because of injuries that have plagued the squad all season. They were without one of their leading scorers and outside shooting threats, Jenna Deemer, who missed her fourth-straight game with an illness. Also out was Ann Jones, who suffered an injury at practice last week.
In all seven SEC games this season, LSU has held its opponent to less than their season scoring average. Georgia came in to the game averaging 65.8 points.
“We did a nice job defensively in reaching our goal of holding our opponent under 50,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “Our ability to rebound the basketball allowed us to control the tempo. Having 18 offensive rebounds gave us more possessions to score the basketball. This was just such a great team effort. Everybody contributed and did what they could to help us get this win today.”
LSU out-rebounded Georgia 38-28 and scored 20 points off 25 Georgia turnovers.
The Lady Tigers had a 42-32 lead with 1:38 left in the game before Georgia started fouling. The Lady Tigers hit 11 of 16 free throws during the final 1 minute 37 seconds. Bethel was 4-of-4 and Norton was 3-of-4 during that span.
LSU travels to Missouri for a 7 p.m. tipoff Thursday.