LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sophomore guard Jenna Deemer hit a career-best six 3-pointers to lead LSU to a 57-51 win over Arkansas-Little Rock here at the Jack Stephens Center on Wednesday evening.
Deemer led the Lady Tigers (2-1) with 19 points. She was 6-of-13 from the field, including a 6-of-9 mark from the 3-point line. She also had four rebounds. Raigyne Moncrief led LSU in rebounding with eight rebounds, including seven defensive. She was held to just eight points off 3-of-16 shooting from the field. Junior Alexis Hyder scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds.
“The 3-ball by Jenna became the equalizer to the offensive struggles we were having tonight,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “I thought (Moncrief) and Akilah (Bethel) did a nice job of trying to find her, especially in the open court.”
The Lady Tigers were down by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter before turning up the defense and chipping away at the deficit. LSU took its first lead of the fourth period off a free throw by Hyder for a 49-48 Lady Tiger lead with 2:09 left in the game. LSU did not trail again in the contest and had a six-point lead, 54-48, on Deemer’s sixth 3-pointer of the game.
Three players scored in double figures for Little Rock, led by Shanity James’ 13 points. Monique Townson added 12 points and Sharde Collins scored 11, including a 3-of-3 shooting clip from 3-point range.
The Lady Tigers were down 24-20 at halftime after being held to just six points in the second quarter. Deemer hit three 3-pointers late in the first quarter, including a half-court shot at the buzzer, to give LSU a 14-10 lead going into the second quarter. LSU shot 33.3 percent (7-for-21) in the first half while Little Rock was 10-of-25 from the field (40 percent). The Lady Tigers struggled from the line in the first half, hitting just three of 10 free throws.