JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Alexis Hyder scored 20 points and Rina Hill had 10 to lead the LSU women’s basketball team to a 58-49 win over Alabama in the first round of the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball tournament at Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers (10-20) will face No. 13 Kentucky (21-6) about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, following the day’s first game between Missouri and Auburn, which starts at 11 a.m.
The game will be carried on TV by the SEC Network and on the radio by WBRP-FM, 107.3.
Hyder was 9-of-12 from the field and had nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Hill also had five assists, as did freshman Shanice Norton, who had eight points and nine rebounds.
“Obviously this was a great win for our program,” coach Nikki Fargas said. “I thought our team really stuck to the game plan, especially on the defensive end.
“We were able to score the basketball inside with the help of Alexis Hyder,” she said. “The guard play of Shanice Norton and Rina Hill was tremendous. Anne Pedersen, seeing her knock down shots, it was a great team win. We’re grateful to be able to play some more basketball.”
The Lady Tigers have won their conference tournament opener every year that Fargas has coached the team. Fargas is 6-4 in SEC tournament games.
LSU was short-handed again. Akilah Bethel and Jasmine Rhodes were sidelined for the first half because of a violation of team rules. Jenna Deemer was out with an illness.
The Lady Tigers were down 24-22 after a back-and-fourth first half that saw the lead change hands 10 times.
In the third quarter, often a time the Lady Tigers struggle, this time LSU shot 47 percent and used a 6-0 run to head into the fourth quarter up 36-32. The Lady Tigers held Alabama to 2-of-11 shooting( 18-percent) in the third period.
LSU kept the lead throughout the fourth quarter, shooting 67 percent from the field. Hyder’s three-point play and two free throws by Jasmine Rhodes gave the Lady Tigers their largest lead, 58-48, with 1:11 remaining. The two combined for 14 of the team’s 22 points.
Meoshonti Knight led the Tide with 15 points but had six turnovers. Hannah Cook led her squad with nine rebounds, but had four turnovers.
Vanderbilt 74, Ole Miss 59: Christa Reed scored 21 points and 11th-seeded Vanderbilt rolled past No. 14 seed Ole Miss.
Vanderbilt (17-13) plays No. 6 seed Georgia (21-8) on Thursday.
Reed was 8-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers. Marqu’es Webb and Minta Spears added 13 points each and Morgan Batey 10 points plus five assists for the Commodores, who shot 56 percent and made 7-of-10 from behind the arc.
Shandricka Sessom scored 17 points and Bretta Hart 13 for the Rebels (10-20), who beat the Commodores 55-52 on Jan. 3 but went 1-16 after that, ending the season on an 11-game skid.
Vanderbilt led 42-19 at halftime with Reed hitting four 3-pointers.
Old Miss scored the first basket before Vanderbilt rattled off the next 16 points and the Commodores never trailed again, taking their largest lead of 33 points with 7:45 left in the game.