NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Without their top 3-point threat to counter Vanderbilt’s long-range game, LSU’s Lady Tigers lost 58-42 decision to the Commodores at Memorial Gym on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers were without their best long-distance threat, Jenna Deemer, who was sidelined with an illness.
Deemer has hit 28 of LSU’s 38 shots from 3-point range this season.
In addition, Alexis Hyder remained on the bench a portion of the second half after picking up her fourth foul with 3:17 left in the third quarter.
Hyder was leading the squad with 10 points when she had to take a seat on the bench.
She finished with 10 points.
Vanderbilt scored 21 of their 58 points on 3-pointers. They were 7-of-18 from long range, while the Lady Tigers (7-10, 1-3 SEC) hit just one 3 in the game — a shot by Jasmine Rhodes in the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt improved to 13-4 overall, 2-2.
Akilah Bethel led the Lady Tigers with 11 points off a 5-of-10 shooting.
Rhodes also scored in double figures with 10 points. She and Hyder led the way in rebounds with eight each.
LSU shot 33 percent (17 of 51) from the field while Vanderbilt posted a 50 percent (24 of 48) shooting clip. The Lady Tigers held the rebounding advantage, 38-25, over the Commodores.
Eighteen of LSU’s rebounds were offensive.
“I thought Vanderbilt came out very much locked into finding the open players and we didn’t take away those easy looks,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “At the first five minutes of the first quarter, they didn’t miss. I think they were 5 for 5 before they missed their first shot. Offensively, we struggled again to score the basketball.”
“It was promising, though, that we had 18 offensive rebounds, but it was disheartening that we didn’t connect and score off of those offensive rebounds,” Fargas said. “Again, this is a team that I feel is still looking for our identity. How do we want to play?
“What do we want to be known for? Until we make that a deciding factor each night for 40 minutes, it is going to be a long season for us. We know that we have some missing pieces to the puzzle, but we are asking everybody to really dig deep and try to do their very best.”
The Lady Tigers were down by just four points at the end of the first quarter. Vanderbilt was firing away from behind the arc and opened the game 3-of-3 on treys before missing their next five attempts. In the second quarter, Vanderbilt did not take a single shot from three-point range. Vanderbilt used a 10-3 run to open the second quarter to secure the 27-20 lead at the half. Alexis Hyder, who was back in the starting lineup today, led the Lady Tigers at the half with eight points. Jasmine Rhodes had six points at the half.=