Freshman Ayana Mitchell and junior Raigyne Moncrief had 14 points apiece as the LSU women’s basketball team opened its season with a 60-57 loss at Wake Forest on Friday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Mitchell was 6-of-6 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free-throw line. Moncrief was 6-of-18 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line. She led the squad in rebounds with six and in steals with five, and she also had a three assists.
Free-throw shooting was the difference. LSU converted just 10 of 23 attempts, while Wake cashed in on 17 of 21. Also, Wake outrebounded LSU 48-32.
LSU tied the score at 51 with just over three minutes left on a jumper by sophomore Jenna Deemer. Wake pushed the score to 54-51 with free throws before Moncrief closed the gap to 54-53. LSU’s Alexis Hyder hit two free throws with 13.7 seconds remaining and Wake leading 58-55, but Wake Forest dropped in two more free throws before Deemer scored with a second left to set the final margin.
“When you are on the road, you are going to have to make your own breaks, and we had an opportunity to win this basketball game,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “We had an opportunity to push ahead, and we didn’t capitalize.”
Ariel Stephenson paced Wake Forest with 21 points, followed by Kortni Simmons, who had 15.
The Lady Tigers open their home schedule at 3 p.m. Sunday against Louisiana-Monroe at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.