AUBURN, Ala. — LSU's women's basketball team shot poorly and didn't take care of the ball Thursday in its worst loss of the Southeastern Conference season, 70-62 to Auburn.
LSU (15-7. 7-4 SEC) led just once, at 8-6 against Auburn (12-11, 3-8), which entered tied for 12th in the SEC standings.
LSU had won three in a row and five of its past six, including victories against top 25 opponents in Tennessee and Georgia at home last week.
This was a different story. The Lady Tigers shot just 42 percent from the field, including 3 of 18 from 3-point range, and they committed 16 turnovers against Auburn, which had lost eight of its past nine games.
Chloe Jackson led LSU with 19 points. Raigyne Louis scored 15 points and had seven rebounds, and Ayana Mitchell added 14 points and seven boards. Jackson and Louis each played all 40 minutes.
Janiah McKay scored 23 points for Auburn, and Unique Thompson added 20.
After a fairly close first quarter, Auburn began to pull away from LSU in the second quarter, leading by as many as 14 points right before halftime. With Auburn leading 38-26 at the break, LSU jumped out to a quick start to begin the third quarter, going on a 7-2 run to trim the lead to single digits.
Auburn had an answer for every LSU scoring run, however, and kept the Lady Tigers at arm’s length for the remainder of the game, never letting its lead slip below six points.
In the fourth quarter, LSU poured in 21 points, the most scored by either team in a single quarter all night, but Auburn held onto its lead.
LSU will look to rebound Sunday with a 2 p.m. home game against No. 14 Texas A&M at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.